…………..and in the eighth month, the people returned, to laugh, and play (and freeze in the middle of June), in celebration of a lady who is the epitome of our Nation’s backbone. The elders returned to sit and reminisce, the young enthusiastically wrote another page of their own stories: Guiseley lineage lines, and southern ‘off cumdens’ mixed their ‘r’, and revelled in ‘community cohesion’ during a tug of war – and the rain held off; just.
Much thanks goes to everyone of the nearly 200 Friends, neighbours, councillors, MP and Queen’s representative, who all played their part in bringing smiles to people’s faces and a sugar fest to the picnic rugs. From the young man who brought his bunting to decorate the goal posts, to the traditional welly wangers, the labours who removed all the wood chippings, and the elegant ‘best dressed’ Gentleman in his Union Jack trousers, it was a day to remember and savour.
There was a real feeling of a comeback too: “Guiseley is fighting back, said one long standing resident, “power to your elbow” said another, “it’s lovely to see the children back again, just mucking around: we’ve got a precious space here, long may we be able to use it” rejoiced a lady. Film maker David Myers, slipping silently around the Park in his camouflage green, has decided to make the Jubilee Picnic the pinnacle of his work on the Park’s regeneration. Eight months ago we watched his moving video of the demise of Crompton Parkinson and all the community facilities it took with it. But, fortunately, that wasn’t the end; with tide turning timing and persistence, out of the fire came a phoenix. Cllr Latty may be right, that it was local women who were first moved to act to restore the Park, but we could not do it without all the men who have joined us in getting things done the gardeners, the wallers and skilled tradesmen of various kinds – and all the people who battled to keep the Park free of litter and anti-social behaviour in the dark ages.
Our vision for the Park is no different to that of Frank and Albert Parkinson; a landscaped area, that respects it’s Chevin roots, is a recreation facility for Guiseley, a haven for good ecology practices and a place where the children ‘racing with egg and spoon’ today, will want to bring their offspring in the future. The Queen has this week, also given us good reason to instigate an annual tug or war, and a daily walk with the spirit of the land to refresh and renew. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed themselves.
Bits and Bobs
- Netherfield/Edison Fields won the tug of war in 2012 – a cup next time maybe.
- If you have any photographs of yesterday to send to the Yorkshire Film Archives as a record of the day, please could you email them to us as soon as you can at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We have a number of family recipes, but if you didn’t hand yours in to us, then please send by email
- We found a set of two keys in the Park, please use the above email to contact us if you lost some
- A gentleman called Andy won the welly wanging at 24 metres, and a lady called Claire won the women’s section at 16 metres. We have your prizes if you’d like to get in contact.
- If you have any suggestions for improvements or ideas for next time, do email us. We
are just learning how to run such events and all learning is good 🙂
We would like to thank our sponsor’s again for all their support. Bargain Booze, Bellway Homes, Nuffield Fitness & Leisure, SJK Taxis, Subway, and Tony Woods. And, to all those who gave the Friends a donation yesterday.