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.
We are the Friends of Aireville Park (FoAP) and we are an established, Skipton based, community organisation. We have 6 core volunteer committee members and over 400 followers on social media. We are a group of parents, dog walkers, runners, cyclists and locals who love the park. The committee formed in April 2013 to work as a team to improve the park with a core purpose of encouraging wider use of the park and a sense of community ownership through our fundraising for park improvements, conservation of unique and natural features and holding a variety of community events in the park. We are the latest winners of the 2016 Craven Community ChampionAward for a Greener Craven. We work closely with the park owners, Craven District Council (CDC), to represent the voice of the community and to push for the improvements that will transform Aireville Park in to the community hub that Skipton needs and deserves.