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Mum. Plant enthusiast. Digitally-enhanced education. I'm fascinated by the way technology mediates communication; Sharing stories of life and learning can influence far more widely when they are digitally powered. I have worked in and around technology based education for over 20 years, both in industry and inside educational institutions. I have a PhD in Digital Storytelling as a Community Informatics approach, considering the role of this digital method for community empowerment and education as an inter-generational learning study. I now work with portfolio as a learning and assessment method as an Implementation Specialist with an ePortfolio and Personal Learning Space platform. Outside of community informatics and e-Learning, I love spending time with my family - humans and canine - and live, sleep, breathe gardening. I'm slightly obsessed with plants, and I garden organically with biodiversity in mind.

Willow Weekend


Come and join us in Aireville Park this weekend! The Friends of Aireville Park are thrilled that we are going to be building this installation alongside the fantastic new play equipment, under the supervision of local Forest School Leaders. There will also be activities for you to join in yourself, all family friendly.

The new play area reopened to all in time for this weekend, so even more reason to come down and experience it. We will be on site from 10am to 3pm both days.

Fitness in the park

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!

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Working as a community group

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.

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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.

Craven Community Champions Awards

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!


Skipton Gala in Aireville Park

This weekend sees the return of the Skipton Gala, a procession that begins in Westmoreland Street at 1pm through the High Street and all the way to Aireville Park.

“For over a century Skipton Gala has been supporting the community by raising money for local organisations and charities”

We are very proud to be supporting the Skipton Charities Gala committee by helping to collect donations for them, who support many groups in our area.

We will be wearing our Friends of Aireville Park t-shirts. Do come and say hello if you see us, ask us about the park and, if you can, leave a donation.

A new playpark!

It’s official! Our fundraising efforts are underway.Fundraising-March-2017

If you would like to make a donation to help our efforts, please visit our local giving page.

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Download our poster: Fundraising-March-2017