Local writer, Karen Hill-Green, has worked with her fellow Creative Writing MA (York St John) students to collate beautiful new written pieces. So far seven pieces have been created, inspired by Rowntree Park, by being outside and by the wonder of nature. Each of these pieces (poems and prose) can be ‘found’ in the park itself, by looking for small cards with QR codes on benches scattered through the park; just scan the codes with your smart phone to read – for free, thanks to our new WiFi coverage! Follow this link, to find out more, and to read the poems and prose on line, from the comfort of your own home. Alternatively, there is a printed copy of all the pieces in the Reading Café, just ask at the counter.
The written pieces are a lovely addition to the park, which we hope local people will enjoy. All the works are copyright of the writers and of the Friends.
As a new venture for the Young Friends, we’re offering art workshops for children, on Saturday mornings, starting this Saturday, November the 9th. This week, Liz Collier, an exciting local artist, is going to be leading a session based on doodling. The sessions are totally FREE to Friends, and only £2 for others. 10am to 11.30 at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe. Suitable for all primary-age children. Booking essential; please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0758 290 2018.
The long summer of 2013 is finished, and now there is a beautiful blaze of autumn colour in the park. The British autumn always brings with it a crop of fruit, and a crop of Annual General Meetings – and the Friends of Rowntree Park are no different. At the AGM on October 10th, those present discussed the Friends’ work in 2013, and outlined their ideas for 2014.
Over the next few months, the Friends will be working with council staff to source new display/information boards for the park, which the Friends will pay for. We are proposing some children’s art workshops (free to Friends), in the lead up to Christmas, so watch out for further details.
We also discussed the new membership leaflet, created by local designer Katherine Semple (the October 2013 version is pictured here). A hundred copies of the leaflet had been taken by visitors to the park cafe, but without any noticeable corresponding increase in membership!
The major event in 2014 will be the Birthday Party which, this year, the Friends need to take the lead on, because the council no longer has a Ranger Service. If you are interested in helping either in planning the event or on the day itself, get in contact with the Friends as soon as possible - if we cannot create a Party working group, we cannot hold the Birthday Party next year! We are specifically looking for someone to co-ordinate the entertainments, and someone to be the main contact point for the event.
This year’s AGM also saw a new Chair of the Friends, Hugo Bentley, replacing Mike Heyworth, who retired after many years in the post. Hugo lives on Bishopthorpe Road, and is a regular park-user; he and his dog, Digby, are out everyday, at least twice a day, often with Hugo’s wife Rosemary (known as Bud). Many thanks to both old and new Chairs, and to all the active members of the committee, for all their hard work.
The Very Young Friends have been out and about! Each meeting has a different theme and the theme in June was ‘finding fairies’ – I’m not sure how many were found, but much fun was had with ribbons in the sunshine, as you can see.
Young ones and their parents/carers are very welcome to join in, for as little or as much as seems good at the time – this is an easy-going session for all! The Very Young Friends can’t guarantee the weather, but they’ll be there to greet you, at the little bridge by the cafe, at 11am on the first Monday of the month.
Next month (Monday July 1st), the theme is ‘All the busy insects’, so everyone will be creeping and crawling and buzzing about like bees … bzzzz!!!
Francesca leads the Very Young Friends, and she can be contacted on 07533 475 929.
This summer’s Young Friends’ activities involve story telling and crafts. They have the theme ‘Shaggy Dogs Tales’; see the poster below for details of meeting dates.
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