HELP DESIGN AN HISTORIC BENCH FOR GUISELEY WELLS

Our colleagues, The Friends of Springfield Park & Guiseley Wells have been awarded one of a unique set of 15 community benches provided by the Leeds Civic Trust ‘Take A Seat’ Project. The benches will commemorate how the citizens of Leeds came together during the Covid 19 Pandemic of Spring 2020. A little like the Trust’s Blue Plaques scheme that celebrates notable historic events. 

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ADD YOUR OWN HEART TO BOLSTER AIREBOROUGH

The displays are now up in the Park to add your own ‘heart’ for Valentine’s week 7-14th February. We have craft hearts on the Farm Gate in a cheerful, welcome display, wooden hearts can be added to the decorative ‘missing you’ tree, and painted stones can join the line of the Parkinson’s Python in the top copse.

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VALENTINE’S WEEK IN THE PARK

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New Butterfly and Orchard Benches

Butterfly Bench

The Butterfly Bench nestles in a sheltered spot just below Clapper Brow Wood above the Edison Fields Entrance; the old wooden bench had got rather worn and was collapsing, so we reluctantly took it down. Then, we had a very kind offer of a replacement from the the brethren of Harewood Masonic Lodge, Westbourne House, Otley, which we accepted: a shiny new bench is now in place, one of the four new benches in the Park.

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Freddie’s Bench

For many decades the spot in the Park near the Kelcliffe Lane Gate, that looks towards the summer setting sun has been a popular place for peace and contemplation. It is an historic ‘memory’ spot known by some older residents as ‘Old Man’s Corner’ where there was a bench in a strange triangular stone walled enclosure – now gone. Back in 2012 we replaced the previous Parkinson bench with a new wooden one, but sadly this irreparably collapsed early in 2020 just before the first Lockdown.

The bench has been sorely missed, so we are more than delighted to announce that a new bench has now been installed with the help of Ben and Lucyanne Harris. The bench is dedicated to their young son Freddie who was one of twins born in December 2013, but who returned to the angels a few days later. Freddie’s sister is now a lively 7 year old enjoying the sledging in the Park.

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THE PARK GETS A NATTER BENCH

Parkinson’s Park too now has a ‘Natter Bench’, just inside the Farm Gate between the fir trees.

The Natter Bench arrives in the snow

The idea of a Natter Bench is for people who feel lonely and would like a chat to sit on the bench and make new friends, whilst allowing for “passers-by to take some time out and speak with someone who may be feeling in need of some company”.

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PARKINSON’S PYTHON

Many painted stones are left around the Park for people to find and relocated; it is something children greatly enjoy. So, we were fascinated by the idea of The Tottington Snake – a community project carried out in Tottington Lancashire during 2020.

Tottington Snake

The idea is to create a snake of painted stones, where people keep adding stones to the snake, rather than move stones around. As stones are added during 2021 they will create a ‘history’ of the year. In Tottington people have painted stones with family news, simple messages, to celebrate big events, or simply giving a seasonal flavour. The Tottington Snake, which goes through a woodland, now has 3,000 stones.

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VALENTINES WEEK IN THE PARK – 7 – 14th FEBRUARY 2021

Two local Ladies have both come up with ideas to decorate the Park for Valentines week – we loved them both so here’s the plan.

DECORATING THE FARM GATE

We want to gladden everyone’s heart with a cascade of colourful hearts at the Farm Gate. Knitted, crochet, fabric, tie your heart on the netting during Valentines Week – we’ll put the netting up on 7th.

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2021 Events

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Lessons in Snow

Parkinson’s Park has always been known for its sledging facilities: 2021 is no different. The gentler slopes are excellent for the little ones, and the steeper ones for the older and more advanced. An excellent classroom for a science and sports lesson on a Friday afternoon.

And one from around the late 1950 early 1960’s – you can see the trees in the copse are quite small.

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