The Friends of Parkinson’s Park wish you are Happy New Year and hope everyone had a very good Christmas Break. The new year brings lots of opportunities for developing the Park further – the Orchard, wild flower area. a new Greenshaw Wood and the bog garden. Also for holding events for national celebrations such as the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on 8th May – when street parties will be held. We also have our annual Children’s Gala, Apple Day and Lantern Parade to organise.
To plan activity and events for 2020, we will be holding a Friends meeting at 7.30pm on 22nd January 2020, at The Ings Public House – everyone who has an idea for the Park and who wants to help with the Park’s development and events this year is welcome.
Don’t Forget Friends of Parkinson’s Park Lantern Parade, Sunday 15th December, 3.45pm in the Park for a 4pm start. We parade down to the Cross for mince pies, and carols with Guiseley Brass Band. (Don’t forget to pick up a carol sheet as you leave the Park.)
Bring your own lanterns, as exotic as you like, wear Christmas jumpers and hats, bang an old dustbin lid. or blow whistles for ‘music’ and have fun singing your heart out.
If it is wet, we’ll announce alternative arrangements here around Sunday lunchtime.
For safety, relevant footwear for the muddy Park, all children must have an adult with them, keep to the footpaths as much as possible; there will be marshals around in hi-viz if you need them for any issue.
If you are on the route of parade, it would be great if you could put out a few decorations. The Birches especially have a party and decorate the street for us.
See you Sunday. email email@example.com with any questions.
This year’s parade is sponsored by Belvoir! Sales & Letting, and our local Councillors.
The apple juicing event will take place this Sunday in the Parkinson’s Park Community Orchard. If it is dreadful weather the event will be cancelled so please check here first if wet.
We are pleased to offer this fun event for local residents to come and press locally grown apples for their own use. We have hired the community juicing equipment from Leeds Urban Harvest and the event is supported by The Orchard Project .
The fruit in the Community Orchard and on the Park trees has nearly all gone, but what is still there can be picked, washed, and juiced.
You are welcome to bring fruit from your own apple trees, it will be mixed together with others to form a blend. Please can you wash the fruit before you bring it.
If you want to take juice away, bring your own clean bottles or jugs, the juice can be stored in a fridge for 3-4 days.
The recent rain in the Park makes the layer of clay on the surface of the soil muddy, so make sure to wear suitable clothes and shoes – especially if you want to pick apples.
The apples in the orchard are ripening nicely, but they are not yet ready for picking. The majority of the varieties need another month or so to mature – and we could do with some sun. If you look in our orchard trail (download here) you will find the ideal picking dates for each type. Also whether the apple is a dessert fruit or better for cooking.
Unfortunately some apples have lost their labels during the year, so we need to renew them. Others we have still to confirm their identity.
We are having an apple day on 20th October; more information to follow later.
Above from left to right Charlestown Pippin a dessert apple, Balsam, which can be a dessert or cooker apple, and an Egremont Russet, another dessert fruit.
Despite the rain, there was a good attendance of new Friends and old. The Dinosaur Trail was especially popular with the children; as was the ever entertaining Professor Dan who worked his magic as he dodged the showers. For the adults there was an excellent display from Guiseley Camera Club, and the launch of the new 2020 Aireborough Historical Society Calendar. Guiseley Brass Band lent a Yorkshire flavour to the afternoon, thankful that this year they had their smart new gazebo to sit under.
Well done once again to the organizing committee, all the helpers and the sponsors.
Now, if you look very carefully you will find that some of the dinosuars are still around. !!