Tales Told Festival Walks

The events for the Tales Told Festival have included a (wet) walk in the Park to hear the stories we have uncovered.   Thank you to everyone who turned out on such a miserable Monday morning.  For those asking,  there will be another walk at some point, and we will let you know when.  And, yes, some of this will be written down, and we’ve made a start here on our history page. 

There has also been a Photography walk with Darren Sanderson, from Guiseley Cross, up to the Trees, which included the Park.    The photographers have been asked to share their work on our Facebook Page, and we’ll put some of them on the website as well.

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Will you be a Cowboy or Indian?

Lots of Woodland Fun, going on in the Park this wonderful afternoon.   Join the Indian gang, or maybe the Cowboys,  paint stones, eat marshmallows, make flags, go birdwatching and make a den.   Or just run around and have fun,  and for the Children there is ………………………………………

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Tales Told Festival in Parkinsons Park – Events 7 – 15 July 2017

Parkinson’s Park is the venue for three of the events run during The Tales Told Festival – 7th -15th July 2017.   The Festival is run by Codswallop CIC and details of the full programme can be found here.


9th July 2017, 12 – 4pm  – A Day In The Woods – An event for children to make dens, learn about birds and survival with Forest Found.

10th July 2017, 10 – 11am – A walk around Parkinson’s Park with Jennifer Kirkby to hear about the history we uncovered during the Heritage Lottery Funded,  All Our Stories research.  Meet by the Farm Gate.

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Successful Coffee Morning

Well, the weather was kind,  the help was plentiful and the cakes were ‘scrummy’. Our Coffee morning last Saturday 4th raised £175 for our Children’s Gala and Lantern parade.   We’d like to thank everyone involved, from those who manned stalls, baked cakes, grew plants for sale, helped in the organizations and donated prizes.  We’d also like to thank those who came along and supported us. Special thanks go to Susan Wright at Whitaker Firth Solicitor for allowing us to use her premises, making the refreshments and generally being a unique community asset.

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Park Improvements – Bog Garden and Orchard – Can You Help?

The Bog Garden near Nethercliffe has now undergone a complete overhaul by Open Country.   The issue with the liner has been addressed and some new soil put in.  Then, plants such as Ragged Robin, Water Aven, Yellow Flag Iris and Water Forget Me Nots have been planted around the edges.  Local residents are keeping the new garden watered in the dry weather,  if you can help with this that would be really useful.

In the recent visit by Alan Thornton from the Orchard Project, he recommended some tidying work for the Community Orchard.  This will be done on the 25th May, at 9.30am.  If you would like to help, please come and join us.

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Development of a 20th Century Park

We have acquired a number of pictures of the Park as it developed over the years.

This is the earliest picture we have of the Park taken around 1926 just before F & A Parkinson merged with Crompton & Co to form Crompton Parkinson’s. The Park is still grazing fields, some belonged to Kelcliffe Farm, and some to Dibb’s a local grocer. You can see the field walls and a small pump house near where the top copse is now – the ground there still gets very wet. The area with the trees was called Clapper Brow with a link to an historic rabbit warren. The large field had been called Potterton Brow after a 16th/17th century tenant.

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NEWS UPDATE – Park Maintenance and Events

Just a few updates on ‘happenings’

Forest School

Last Sunday’s Forest School for the Little Friends of Parkinsons Park went very well.  The day was lovely and Amanda Newham from Chevin Forest School brought lots of activities for the 19 youngsters to do – all related to the natural environment.   We will be looking to hold more such events in the Park in the Future.  Photo by Liakat Parapia.

Anti-Social Behaviour

Further to the issue with bonfires being lit in the Park.  The Police have now been notified and will follow up several lines of enquiry we have given them.  In addition,  FOPP attended the Guiseley and Rawdon Forum meeting on Wednesday 17th May, to talk to the Police and Local Councillors about the issue.

The Police informed us that there is a ban on drinking within the parks in Guiseley including Parkinson’s Park: and that they will be patrolling in the Park more regularly. They added that the ban was due to be expanded to drugs!!   One lady also that she had seen torches in the Park late at night and heard gunshots; this was a surprise to many; has anyone else heard gunshot?

Aireborough Housing Needs Survey

Local groups are being asked to promote a Housing Needs Survey being run in Aireborough by Leeds City Council.  The intention is to use the information to look at development plans.  Currently Leeds City Council Continue reading

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