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.
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.
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 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.