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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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
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.
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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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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This year’s parade is sponsored by Belvoir! Sales & Letting, and our local Councillors.
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