Sunday 6th September 2015, and the sun shone bright and clear on the 4th Parkinson’s Park Children’s Gala,  encouraging a record turnout, with many new residents coming for the first time.   Chereyl Durerden commented – “It was fab, we’re new to the area so this was a great introduction to Guiseley, we had fun!”  Whilst, Sophie Smith said “ We have just returned from 3 years in Belgium, and it is lovely to see the park looking so well looked after; it is much improved.  The gala was a lovely event in beautiful sunshine. Well done to all of you, and thank you very much.

Many children came dressed as historical characters, (although we are not sure about the dates for batman :-)) adding to the colour of the afternoon.

20150907_117The children also got to throw a sponge at a parent or teacher

20150907_96And enjoyed competing in the races

20150907_101The highlight of the Gala, as usual was the traditional Punch and Judy

20150907_73The background Yorkshire atmosphere was provided, as usual, by Guiseley Brass Band

20150907_46And the Travelling Tea Ladies provided the cream teas and cake – using some herb ingredients they had found growing wild in the Park.

12003981_708638619269845_7965823346008608578_nOf course, nothing happens without a lot of behind the scenes work, and Litter Free Guiseley were on hand to make sure the Park was spotless.

COOKOLWWUAAXxpc.jpg largeThanks go to everyone who organized the event, helped or provided funds and sponsorship.  One of the local councillors commented that “the number of family groups was noticeable, giving a real feeling of Community” – which is what the Friends of Parkinsons Park set out to achieve.

The event was made possible by:

Friends of Parkinson’s Park,  Outer North West Are Committee, Aireborough Historical Society, Aireborough Camera Club, Airedale Scouts,  Brooks Ecological, Caroline Herries, EGS Motors Idle, Incredible Edible Aireborough, GD Joinery,  Kelcliffe Cattery,Litter Free Guiseley, GuiseleyMethodist Church Morrisons, Nuffield Health, Ph7 Hairdressers, Sainsburys, SJK Taxies, The Station Pub, Subway, Tod’s Treats, Travelling Tea Ladies, Wacky Warehouse, Zen Rendezvous.



About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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1 Response to SUNSHINE GALA 2015

  1. chrisparapia says:

    Thank you to everyone who donated on the day to Syria. This morning I have sent a donation to Syria Relief. The amount raised on the day was £50.00.

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