On Saturday 17th June 2017 people of all ages and parts of Skipton gathered on the sunny Saturday afternoon in Aireville Park for a community picnic as part of a series of celebratory events happening across the country to honour the memory of Jo Cox.
Sharon Jefferies, Vice-chairperson Friends of Aireville Park said
“Jo Cox was a wonderful and inspirational women and Aireville Park is the perfect location in Skipton for everyone to come together to celebrate what makes our community great and to remember all the things we have in common. In true Jo style we had families from all over town coming together, sharing food, stories, laughing, playing and enjoying our shared green space. We all had a lot of fun!”
During the event we asked people what unites and brings people together, the park and our shared green spaces came up tops, but so did cake! It was a picnic after all.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful cake loving staff at Skipton Building Society’s head office raised a fantastic £182 towards our fundraising campaign for the new children’s play area in the park. Our amazing Friends of Aireville Park volunteers and Skipton Building Society Staff donated cakes, biscuits and flapjacks for the sale.
Claire Spencer, from Skipton Building Society, said
“It’d great that the Society is able to support local community groups fundraising events like the Friends of Aireville Park and help them raise funds to deliver worthwhile projects that bring benefits to the local area”
Andrew Hearn, Friends of Aireville Park Treasurer added
“We’ve had lots of grassroots support from the Skipton community and it’s great to get the support of local businesses as we continue with our fundraising campaign. Especially prominent Skipton based employers such as Skipton Building Society. We are approaching the £20,000 mark and every bit counts as we work towards that £100,000 target.”
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful pupils, their families, and staff at Water Street Primary School who raised a fantastic £176 towards the new children’s play area when they all swapped school uniform for something green on Friday 26th May 2017.
It’s really very exciting to see that our fundraising campaign is becoming a whole community effort. And if you’ve got any ideas of how you can help us meet our £100,000 target please do get in touch!
We kicked off our fundraising campaign for the new children’s play area by running the Skipton Town Hall Charity Cafe on 1st May bank holiday. It was great to see so many faces supporting us on the day and to also meet visitors to Skipton. It gave us a great opportunity to share our exciting plans for the park. Cafe customers throughout the day enjoyed a selection of hot breakfast sandwiches, teacakes, homemade soup, homemade baking, pies and peas.
The event was supported with a donation from the wonderful people at Keelham’s Farm Shop, who supplied all the meat, pies and bread products. And on the day we raised a wonderful £700, bringing our total raised so far to £13,300.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our wonderful hard working volunteers who helped to run the cafe on the day as well as all the talented bakers and bunting makers and of course all of you lovely people who were our customers. It was a great start to our fundraising campaign and watch this space for future events.
If you would like to make a donation towards the new play area then you can do so via our Localgiving site https://localgiving.org/charity/friendsofairevillepark/
We are the Friends of Aireville Park (FoAP) and we are an established, Skipton based, community organisation. We have 6 core volunteer committee members and over 400 followers on social media. We are a group of parents, dog walkers, runners, cyclists and locals who love the park. The committee formed in April 2013 to work as a team to improve the park with a core purpose of encouraging wider use of the park and a sense of community ownership through our fundraising for park improvements, conservation of unique and natural features and holding a variety of community events in the park. We are the latest winners of the 2016 Craven Community ChampionAward for a Greener Craven. We work closely with the park owners, Craven District Council (CDC), to represent the voice of the community and to push for the improvements that will transform Aireville Park in to the community hub that Skipton needs and deserves.
We are planning a big picnic lunch for all in the park on Saturday 17th June.
We’d love to see our friends, their friends, and new friends in the park. We are meeting at noon by the bandstand. Bring a pinic rug and food to share. We will bring some games and hopefully some musical friends.