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Work has started on the play area

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters!

The creation of a new children’s playground in Aireville Park has begun.  Together with Craven District Council, we have raised a total of £160,000 so far, with generous grants and donations from a range of organisations, businesses and individuals.

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Yorventure gave a grant of £48,700 to the project for a large selection of play equipment, and focus on the woodland area.

Skipton BID have given a grant of £7,500 to the playground, which will pay for a “Wobbly Sheep” play sculpture and musical play equipment.

Walk For Jodie, set up in memory of Jodie Willsher, has raised almost £5,000, which will pay for the playground sandpit and a bench.

The council has contributed capital funding of £15,810 to the project, along with £52,791 of planning gain, with a further £62,500 of planning gain which will go towards Phase Two of the project.

A zip wire has already been installed at the top end of the park, paid for with £12,000 from Tesco Bags of Help. The Tesco scheme has also given another £4,000 grant to provide a wooden tractor in the play area.

We have received funding from Craven Trust, Tarn Moor Trust, Grandmaster, Skipton Mechanics’ Institute, the Police and Crime Commissioner Fund, and local councillors Chris Harbron, Andy Solloway and John Dawson via their Ward Member Grant.

Several local businesses and members of the community have also been sponsoring or making donations towards the new play area, including local companies Holt Doctors Ltd, J N Bentley, Mewies Solicitors, Peter Watson Ltd and Skipton Self Drive Hire, Keelham Farm Shop, RKB Electrical Ltd, Keelham Farm shop and Walker Foster Solicitors.

Skipton Craven Rotary Club donated £813 for benches in the area. Skipton Rotary Club also raised £1,200 from their bike auction, and own funds for the play area.

Skipton Ukulele Club have also been fundraising for the Friends of Aireville Park and have raised more than £1,000 for the scheme.

Water Street Primary School, Otley Street Nursery and Christ Church School all donated to the play area.   Pupils dressed up in Green for the Park

People in Skipton have helped with cake sales, coffee mornings, and cafes, including  Trinity Methodist and Skipton Building Society staff.

Work started on Monday, October 8, and contractors have started landscaping the area of the park between the zip wire and the bandstand, in preparation for the new equipment to be installed.

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Donation from local farm shop

 

 

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.

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Charity of the Year!

We are delighted that that Skipton Ukulele Club have chosen  Friends of Aireville Park as their charity of the year!

We would like to thank them for their support.

Watch this space for details of their up coming concerts or fundraising events.

Join them for their group meet at the Three Links every Thursday 7:15 to 9:15. Everyone welcome.