Parkinson’s Park too now has a ‘Natter Bench’, just inside the Farm Gate between the fir trees.

The Natter Bench arrives in the snow

The idea of a Natter Bench is for people who feel lonely and would like a chat to sit on the bench and make new friends, whilst allowing for “passers-by to take some time out and speak with someone who may be feeling in need of some company”.

The recently installed Horsforth Natter Bench (photo from the Wharfedale Observer)

The idea has taken off with the events of 2020 and the social isolation and mental health issues it has caused for many people.

The bench has been paid for by a mix of donations from Friends, plus matchfunding from Localgiving’s Coronavirus Community Support Grant which was funded by the Government to help support people impacted by Covid-19. We’d like to thank the donors for their kind contribution to Park facilities which will be greatly appreciated by many.

The bench is dedicated to Betty Yates, who, as the plaque says ‘loved a good natter’.

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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