This year, 2021, is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of The Royal British Legion, set up to help members of the Armed Forces and their families after World War I – a task they continue to do. The Guiseley Branch was set up in 2022, and so will have their anniversary next year.

To commemorate Armistice Day we have 100 poppies on the poppy blanket on the Park’s Farm Gate which have been done by a variety of Friends. You are welcome to add your own at any time. (We will keep all the poppies and gradually cover the whole gate over the years.) All donations will go to the RBL.

Yarns Well Spun Remembrance

In addition this year, there is an installation on the Natter Bench for the Yarns Well Spun Community Art Project, which is part of Leeds 2023 Community Arts. Organized by Abi James of Daisy Croft Crafts, 52 local people have contributed crochet squares and poppies to three Remembrance Displays. Again, donations will go to the RBL

  1. Parkinson’s Park Natter Bench
  2. Guiseley Wells
  3. Guiseley Town Cross

The Remembrance installations are the first to be done for the Yarns Well Spun project; there will be more in the future.

Abi James is a textile artist and the official Leeds 2023 Year of Culture MyWorld, MyCity, MyNeighbourhood Co-Ordinator. Her Yarns Well Spun project was one of 23 chosen from 1000’s of applications across the City. Abi used Parkinson’s Park as a testing ground for the project in the summer. She said “We have some fantastic plans for the future, so if you’d like to get involved then please don’t hesitate to contact me. Remember 22 of the team had NEVER crocheted 8 weeks ago!”

You can contact Abi on 07728 673 988 or email

You can find out more about the Leeds 2023 MyWorld, MyCity, MyNeighbourhood Project here. It is designed to celebrate the unique stories found in neighbourhoods across Leeds, placing local communities at the very centre of the planned year of culture.

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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