This year’s photo competition has the theme of ‘Colour’; interpret this as broadly you wish! We’re hoping for a spring that will dazzle us with its colour, and we’re sure that the photographic entries will reflect the beauty of the park.
The deadline is noon on the 30th of June and, as ever, the entries must be printed up (not emailed to us).
Sally Stone and Deborah New are organising a yarnbombing installation in the Park, for the day of the Birthday Party (13th July 2013), working with the Friends and the Council. All are welcome to join in.
So what is yarnbombing? It may sound a bit unusual, but it should be great fun. Yarnbombing is a type of street art that uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre, rather than paint or chalk, to decorate an area in an unexpected, often humorous way. Knitted bunting is a great way of starting your yarnbombing, and you can try this easy pattern, but there are many other possibilities, limited only by your imagination. Yarnbombing is non-permanent and non-damaging, and can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities, so get involved!
The park is a big place, and we’d like to concentrate our yarnbombing mainly in one area for maximum effect. There are some guidelines for how to join in, and Sally and Deborah are working with several local craft groups in advance of the day, as well as running four workshops for individuals who would like to be involved (see dates below).
Sally and Deborah say: Come try your hand at weaving, knitting, pom pom making and finger knitting, at one of our free workshops, open to all. Everything made at the workshops will be used in the Yarnbombing of Rowntree Park and/or in the sale of goods in aid of Oxfam.
1. Saturday 11 May – 10:00 to 12:30, Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1NX
2. Friday 17 May – 14:00 to 16:00 Rowntree Park Café
3. Saturday 29 June – 11:00 to 14:00 Hobbycraft (First floor), Monks Cross Shopping Park, York, YO32 9GX
4. Friday 5 July – 10:00 to 12:00 Rowntree Park Café
Drop in – all materials provided. Contact Sally via her blog Hippystitch or 635486 for more details
This blog has had a long winter hibernation, but now the Friends are emerging with new plans for 2013.
We’ll soon be posting information about this year’s photo competition, and about a new activity, yarnbombing, run with Sally Stone and Deborah New, two local craft-workers.
We’ll also be following the council’s budget discussions, with interest. With £20m to save over two years, cuts are going to be made in many different sectors, and parks are definitely vulnerable. We’ve been reassured that the recent publicity about parks being left unlocked over-night won’t affect Rowntree Park, but we know that the council is proposing the Ranger service be merged with the dog wardens and street environment services, which will obviously affect the work that the Rangers do for Rowntree Park’s users.
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This year’s AGM will be held at the Park Cafe this Wednesday at 7.30pm. At every AGM, we discuss the work of the previous year, and our hopes and plans for the year to come, but in addition, this year, Fiona Williams (Libraries, CYC) will be presenting some of the plans for the cafe and Danielle Staveley (Cafe Manager) will be presenting some of her cakes! The Friends will be able to contribute their ideas – and sample the cakes – so all are welcome come along and join in.
Despite the flooding the park cafe remains open – and has great views of the flood water! The pumps have started, but it will take two weeks to clear the waters and ready the park for re-opening. Meanwhile, why not go along and try the great coffee and delicious cakes; perhaps we should suggest they start offering Floodwater soup (presumably brown – mushroom?) and Ouse Mud Pie (doesn’t have the romantic ring of a Mississippi Mud Pie, but would taste just as nice!) Access, not surprisingly, is only via Richardson St.
The Park is open to slow and careful cyclists, who respect other users. To mark this, the Friends and GetCycling are organising a ‘slow bike ride’ competition, to discover who is the slowest cyclist in the park!
Liz Topi has just reminded us that the Lords of Misrule will be performing in Rowntree Park on 19, 20 and 21 July at 6.00pm and will be doing dress rehearsals on Sunday 15th 2 – 6pm, Monday 16th 6 – 9pm and Tuesday 17th 6 – 9 pm. She says “they will be visiting the park to make themselves known, but some of them are from the Shakespeare project so you should see some familiar faces”
In addition to that, the Theatre of the Dales are bringing ‘A Comedy of Errors’ to the park, on the 27th and 28th July, details can be found here