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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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Craven District Council Budget Consultation 2019/20 – Have your say!

Craven District Council want to hear your views about how they spend Your money. As FOAP we have made a Committee response, which we have shared with you below.

But we would encourage you all to fill in the questionnaire as individual residents too and have your say, and if you feel that Aireville Park is important as we do, please let them know, and feel free to use our response for any inspiration.

The survey takes less than 15 mins to complete and the deadline for responses is midnight Sunday 14th October 2018 and is available to view here

 

As the Friends of Aireville Park (FOAP) we appreciate that the council faces continued cuts and financial pressures but we would like to clearly state that FOAP are a small group of volunteers who juggle this role alongside family commitments and other paid employment and would not take on the responsibility of landowner or service provider for Aireville Park. Frankly, we do not have the relevant resources, experience or skills to replace the number of Craven District Council Officers and departments that currently cover Aireville Park.

We can continue to support the Council and fund raise toward the capital costs of improving Aireville Park and would like to see a continued commitment and financial forecasting from the Council within this budget to cover the ongoing revenue and maintenance costs of both existing and any new assets. Including the new play area, that was identified by, and delivered as part of the agreed Aireville Park master plan.

As we have highlighted with previous consultation responses to the Draft Local Plan and previous budgets, Craven District Council now have an agreed Master Plan for the park, developed after widespread stakeholder consultation. With increased development proposed, and here prioritised, for the District we want to ensure that as well as improvements to the park for local people there are sufficient resources for these to be managed in a sustainable way so that any increased pressures in the future from a growing population does not have a negative impact on the park. Aireville Park is a key community asset for the people of Skipton and the surrounding area and also provides an amenity for visitors and tourists from further afield. The new play area will greatly enhance this offer and attract even more visitors. It is an important green space, free and accessible to all, that provides an important health and well-being function for our community.

We hope you will take these comments in to consideration as part of the budget consultation

 

Sheep Day

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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!

The playground is happening!

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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!

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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 friendsofairevillepark@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we’re planning an exciting stall for Sheep Day and another community picnic in the park. Watch this space!

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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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Rotary Bike Recycling

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.

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!

 

We did it!

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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

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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:
https://localgiving.org/fundraising/foapsantafunrun

We look forward seeing you on the day; either cheering us on, or wearing your own Santa suit.