Children’s Gala 2017

  • Dark skies threatened rain all afternoon, whilst a gusty wind brought an element of ‘survival’ to stall holding – an appropriate backdrop to the ‘Go Wild’ theme of Parkinson’s Park’s 5th Children’s Gala.

Many children, and some adults, came in an array of animal themed costumes from cute Alice in Wonderland rabbits to a pride of lions, and some intrepid explorers. Jen Schack, who came with a herd said “Fantastic gala! The kids loved it! And the adults too! “

To complement the theme the Gala had a number of  ‘Go Wild’ activities, including Chevin Forest School, Go Birding, and Orienteering – as well as Litter Free Guiseley demonstrating the importance of looking after the environment.  Aireborogh Camera Club even put together a Camera Obscura to show how difficult taking pictures in the wild used to be.   However, they used digital technology to take the panorama pictures for the website heading above – thanks to Jean Middleton

David Alcock who ran the orienteering said, “Dozens of first-time orienteers enjoyed the beginners courses – featuring electronic punching . Well done to all and thanks to FOPP for hosting this great local event! For more information about orienteering events for children and adults go to “ .  The Treasure Island winning flags were  Dan and Emma.

As usual,  Guiseley Brass Band, brough a traditional Yorkshire flavour to the afternoon, whilst Aireborough Historical Society showed what the area used to be like with their 2018 Calendars –   “the best yet” declared Roger Halliwell.

The Scarecrow Family made their first visit to Guiseley to test out the designing talent in the area –  a number of budding ‘Westwoods’ were found, with outlandish outfits that even Vivienne would be proud of.  Vivien Hornsby-Smith who ran the stall said “it was so sweet that the children wanted to put cardigans and wraps on the Scarecrow’s as it was cold .

Professor Fiddlesticks, brought his circus tricks to the event again, commenting that he “had SO MANY talented and wonderful participants in his show. He taught a great-grandmother to juggle and made dozens of simple but fun balloon animals. LOADS of fun!”

The Fairground Stalls brough a variety of activity, along with the Craft Tent and Face Painting – where animal faces were de rigueur.  The Stocks were a popular place for parents.  The Stocks and Stalls were all made locally and are becoming ‘community assets’ – thanks go to the people who ferry them all around and put them up, as they are ‘very well’ made.

The winning raffle tickets and prizes were
Voucher for Zen Rendezvous Ticket 363
Bird Photo Ticket 396
Meal for two Station Pub Ticket 292
Parkinson’s Park Painting Ticket 407

Over on the refreshment stall Caroline and Hillary sold the wildlife themed buns from Claremont Cakery, holding tight to the Ten Pound notes proffered before the wind whisked them away; meanwhile Subman mingled with the crowd offering ‘white chocolate’ cookies.

FOPP would like to thank the Gala sponsors, Hardisty and the Local Councillors for making the event possible and for coming on the day and judging the Fancy Dress; as well as Whitaker Firth Solicitors for helping to raise funds.  A thank you as well to all the prize doners, as well as everyone who lent equipment and gave of their time for organizing and publicity, including the FOPP Gala Committee,  Chris, Barbara, Nicola and Josie.

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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