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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!



We did it!


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!



The Santa Fun Run

santa fun run

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.



park_runI’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!

Friends of Aireville Park host a Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox

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.

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 delicious kick start to the fundraising campaign

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