One of the highlights of the year along Skipton’s award-winning High Street is the Sheep Day festival. This year, Friends of Aireville Park were delighted to have our own stall, with face painting, a lucky sheep dip and a unique sheep tombola. Daring customers were invited to put their hand in the sheep’s fleece-lined bottom to see if they could bring out a winning token.
Alongside our chocolate prizes, there was an impressive range of alcoholic ones, all generously donated from local companies Keelham, Dark Horse, North Brewing Company, Booths, Growling Shrew, Naylor, Goose Eye, Beer Monkey, Wine Rack and Majestic. Thank you!
In total our stall raised over £1,000 for the new playground in Aireville Park – thanks in large part to match-funding from Barclays (known as Baaa-clays for the purposes of Sheep Day).
Phase 1 of the new playground build is due to begin in the Autumn (yippee). Many thanks to all our wonderful supporters so far. Any donations towards phase 2, to help us secure all the exciting play equipment we so dearly want, would be very gratefully received!
A couple of weeks ago we saw the Skipton Triathlon return to Aireville Park. A great day by all accounts and very well subscribed. To help keep the athletes hydrated, and raise awareness and some funds in the process, our group along with some friendly supporters handed out water from the water stall at the turning point in the run. It gave us a first class view of how competitors of all abilities were able to master the mindset having already swum 400 meters in the pool and cycled over 20 kilometers to undertake the final 5 kilometer run. Well done to Fiona our chairperson who completed the event AND make it back to help on the water stall in the afternoon – fantastic effort.
We really enjoyed hosting the water stall, and if you stopped by to say hello, thank you too. We were glad to play a small part in another great event, and thanks to Bruce Dinsmore from CDC for all the organisation. If you would like to have a go next year, do keep in touch – it’s a friendly event and really supportive regardless of your competitive level or experience.
To get started with running, as many people do in Aireville Park, don’t forget about the Park Run held every Saturday morning at 9am. This is a slightly different route to the Triathlon run, but still 5 km and a great way to start a regular fitness plan. You can read about our own Katie’s first park run experience too.
We hope you get to enjoy some time out and about in Aireville Park over the coming months, whether heading for a swim, using the pump track, taking your scooter to the skate park or just enjoying a pleasant stroll through. If you fancy a fitness challenge, maybe we’ll see you at next year’s triathlon!
We are DELIGHTED to announce that, thanks to a very generous grant of nearly £50,000 from Yorventure and on-going support from fabulous local groups and businesses, we are now able to proceed with the first phase of our new playground. Tender bids are due in on 1st June and we are scheduled to begin construction THIS AUGUST!
There’s still some way to go to secure funding for all the awesome equipment we’d like installed in the playground, so do get in touch if you’d like to help us with our final fundraising push on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, we’re planning an exciting stall for Sheep Day and another community picnic in the park. Watch this space!
We are delighted with the latest donation that arrived in the post! A very generous cheque for £750, that will go towards the new play area. We also got a lovely message from its sender Keelham Farm Shop.
“We first came across the Friends of Aireville Park last year when they won Best Community Group at the fantastic Craven Community Champions Awards – a category which Keelham proudly sponsors every year. We were so impressed with their work, we offered to make a donation from the sale of our carrier bags for two months to their cause. We’d like to thank our customers who helped us raise £750 for the group who do such a wonderful job in maintaining and improving this fantastic local green space that will soon be enhanced by brand a new play area.” Victoria Robertshaw, co-owner of Keelham Farm Shop.
Have you got a bike you no longer use? Skipton Rotary Club are offering to sell it at their car boot sale to raise money for our new play area!
Simply take any old bikes or bike parts to the Rotary car park at Skipton Building Society on a Saturday before the end of May, between 9.30am and 2.30pm, or contact David Goldie on 01756 710315 to arrange collection.
The car boot sale will take place at the Auction Mart on 27th May. Any bikes in need of repair will go to another good cause, The Margaret Carey Foundation.
Click here for more information.
Here is our ‘Best Community Group‘ video for the Craven Community Champions awards 2017.
Shaz and Sarah, two of our committee members, discuss some of the things we got up to last year, and how we build relationships with other groups to spread our message and importantly raise funds for our current project.
We meet monthly over the warmer months of the year, but stay in touch regularly to exchange ideas and discuss plans and our successes. We publish when our open meetings are coming up via our email list, facebook page and twitter. Please sign up and follow us if you would like to keep in touch. If you are interested in Aireville Park, and helping us realise our ambition to build a play park more fitting for the families (younger and older children) in and around Skipton, and of course our visitors, then you are welcome to come along.
Here you see us meeting with our link contact at Craven District Council, Bruce Dinsmore and reviewing the new plans for the play park for the first time. That was an exciting evening for us when we could see we were one step closer to the park we are working together for.
We were thrilled that we were shortlisted for two awards in the Craven Community Champions 2017 series. Particularly as we learnt last year just how much great work goes on for charitable causes across Craven. 2017 was no exception.
Looking through the list of winners and runners up, the commitment and passion that people throughout Craven dedicate to their charities is clear. The two categories we were nominated for were the ‘Greener Craven Award’ and ‘Best Community Group’. We were all thrilled to see the realisation of the dream for the Langcliffe Community Garden Trust, who won the Greener Craven category. They have created a community garden space that enables many Langcliffe residents to use a space that is not only green, beautiful and benefits nature but allows neighbours to meet and socialise.
We were nominated with two other fantastic groups for the Best Community Group award: Scoff Cafe and Looking Well Written. Both groups serve to offer a genuine space for community and would have been worthy winners. Both food and literature respectively can unite groups so successfully and both of these groups demonstrate that an idea, a bit of determination and a good deal of getting out there and making it happen and make a real difference to people’s lives. But on this occasion, our work as a ‘Friends’ group to inspire community engagement was rewarded with the prize, which we are all extremely thrilled about.
We would like to thank Craven District Council for organising the event and the judges for giving their time and consideration. It is always inspiring to see stories and meet people who are doing great things. We are also grateful to the Coniston Hotel for hosting the event and making it such a lovely and enjoyable experience. And of course we would like to thank the sponsors of the prizes, most of all Keelham Farm shop Skipton for this category. They have also generously allocated two months of their bag charges to come to us this year for our FoAP Play Park fund.
It was a fabulous evening at the Coniston Hotel and time to kick start our plans for Aireville Park fundraising in 2018. Watch this space!
Congratulations to the hundreds of Santas who completed the 2017 Great Santa Fun Run, including our very own Friends of Aireville Park team. And MANY THANKS to all the people who sponsored us, helping raise funds for the new play area.
The run/jog/walk started and finished in our beloved park, so it seems somehow fitting that the FoAP team had representatives both at the very front and at the very back. The prize for the happiest dawdlers goes to our youngest members, who were only pipped to last place by the back markers!
It’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air, it’s getting dark early and it’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas. Time to sign up for the Skipton Santa Fun Run! You’ve heard of the Skipton parkrun? Well the Santa Fun Run is a 5k park-town-canal-park run – with bells on. For one day only (Sunday 26th November, 11am) the route is closed to traffic and the town is a jostling blur of red and white Santas.
The entry fee (£8 for children/£12 for adults) covers the cost of your very own Santa suit, plus a donation to the Rotary Club’s chosen charities. Any sponsorship you raise on top of that can go to the charity of your choice. We would DEARLY LOVE you to choose to support the exciting new playground planned at Aireville park, where the Fun Run begins and ends. A team of us will be running for Friends of Aireville Park and we invite YOU to join us. Failing that, why not SPONSOR us. Our target is £1,400 to pay for a double set of toddler swings.
Here’s a link to our local giving website:
We look forward seeing you on the day; either cheering us on, or wearing your own Santa suit.
I’ve just completed my first parkrun! I’m not trying to boast, I just want to shout out what a fabulous resource we have on our doorstep in Aireville Park.
Every Saturday at 9am, rain or shine, a host of cheery volunteers conjure up a bit of feel-good community magic. All you need is to register online (just for your first time), print out your barcode, put on your trainers and head to the park.
The friendly race director explains the course, celebrates personal achievements (whether it’s 10 completed park runs or 200), welcomes first timers and tourists (from Edinburgh and Essex this week), then sends you on your way.
On my own, I’d never have completed four circuits of the park. In a group of over 170 runners I was buoyed along and determined. Yes I was lapped by a man pushing a buggy and someone twenty years my senior (to mention just a few), but completing the course without walking was my own personal achievement.
I returned home with glowing cheeks and a healthy appetite. An hour later, an email pinged through stating my race time, finishing position and an age graded score – the perfect incentive to make me do it again and beat my own record. The parkrun is FREE and available to all ages and abilities. I heartily recommend it!