POPPIES IN THE PARK

The FOPP Poppy Appeal raised £30.24 for the Royal British Legion We’d like to thank everyone who contributed together with Barbara Winfield, Eleanor Thomson, and Becky Prosser for making the poppies for the Farm Gate display.

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Remembrance Day 2020 – Poppies In The Park

Due to the current situation, public Remembrance events are not taking place, and it looks as if the new Lockdown regulations will also mean Churches cannot hold public services – except as on line events.

We therefore thought we would put up a poppy display in the Park. Our idea is to have a poppy blanket draped over the Farm Gate with the same look as these ones in Rawdon St Peter’s (see picture). It will not be as detailed as this, as there is not a lot of time to organize, but this is the rough idea

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LOCALGIVING WILL DOUBLE YOUR DONATION

Friends of Parkinson’s Park have been successful in being accepted onto the Localgiving CV Matchfunding Scheme.

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PARKINSON’S PARK FEATURES ON ITV CALENDAR PARK LIFE

Back in August 2020 we received an email from the Leeds Parks Forum; ITV Calendar were looking to “tell the story of quirky, interesting, pictorially stunning areas which are spaces valued by the locals and those who visit“. We knew we met that criteria and sent in some information to producer Mark Witty.

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Parkinson's Park and COVID-19

Sorry to send another email on the subject of the virus, but this is an update on FOPP’s response.

We have decided to leave all the gates open, so that people can walk in without touching latches – Martyn Hornsby Smith has done an excellent job for us.

Please keep the gates open – for now.
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GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN – WILL GO AHEAD 29TH MARCH

CANCELLED. SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE EVERYONE’S KEY AIM.

Following public health advice from Keep Britain Tidy, this event will definitely run on 29th March, from 10.30an to 12 noon. But we all need to follow hygiene guidelines as follows.

Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others.

Keep Britain Tidy asks that we undertake our clean-up events in line with the advice being issued by Public Health England (PHE). In particular, participants are asked to use the following guidelines:

  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times – washable or throw-away ones are best
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers, using your regular cleaning products
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible
  • Please bring along your own anti-septic wipes or hand sanitises if you have them and want to use them.
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SPRING EVENTS AND COVID-19

VE DAY PICNIC IN THE PARK – COVID 19

On 8th May we are planning to hold a Picnic in the Park event to celebrate VE Day. However, the spread of COVID 19 and advice to slow down the rate of infection by reducing social gatherings has caused us to rethink this event. It is up to all of us to play a part in stopping the spread.

Therefore, at the moment we are still pencilling the event in for 12noon – 2pm on 8th May. But, we will make the final call on the situation a week before on 1st May.

As we are uncertain as to whether the event will go ahead of not, we will do a more simple affair than we were planning. We’ll decorate the top part of the park with bunting, and create an atmosphere, and if it does go ahead maybe people could dress up in relevant ‘costume’ in something they have already, and bring their own picnic.

GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN

We will also take a view nearer the time on whether this event will go ahead on 29th March. If it does, again, it will be a simple affair that keeps contact to a minimum.

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NEW 2020 EVENTS CALENDAR

Great British Spring Clean – 28th March

All year round Litter Free Guiseley do a fabulous job keeping our area clean and tidy. The Great British Spring Clean is the day everyone can get out and tidy a bit of their local community, and maybe join Litter Free Guiseley for their regular Sunday morning litter picks. The Park will be organizing a clean up with a special theme on the pleasures and responsibility of dog walking.

National Event, Organized by Keep Britain Tidy
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FOPP FRIENDS MEETING TO PLAN 2020 – 22 JANUARY, THE INGS

Children’s Woodland Event in the Park 2019 arranged by Codswallop

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.

Plans for the new Greenshaw Wood organized by Brooks Ecological
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7TH LANTERN PARADE – SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2019

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 parkinsonspark@gmail.com with any questions.

This year’s parade is sponsored by Belvoir! Sales & Letting, and our local Councillors.

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