Young Friends of Rowntree Park – Art Event
(NB-It is possible the session may run over slightly but no longer than 11.30am).
* Non-members ticket links will become live on Jan 15th. Can’t wait? Become a member today using the link below and then buy a members ticket.http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership
A hundred years ago, the First World War had just finished and the world could start to think about planning for a better future. After so much loss, many hoped that the League of Nations (founded 1920, mentioned on the plaque in the lych gate) would help promote peace. Meanwhile, across the UK, those who had suffered were commemorated and remembered in various ways, including war memorials, memorial halls and parks.
During 1919, Rowntree and Company Ltd bought several parcels of land which would eventually go together to make the area we now know as Rowntree Park. The park was to be a tribute to the Company’s workers who had suffered in the war. The largest section of land was Nun Ings, bought from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England (now known as the Church Commissioners), and this image from the conveyance of 31st December 1919 shows the fields that made up this area, bounded by Clementhorpe Beck, to the west and south. The drawing must have been based on a map done some time previously, as it doesn’t show Norfolk St, St Clements Grove and Aldreth Grove all of which were already laid-out and partially built by 1919; it does show some fish and a cute (but archaic) sailing ship!
Rowntrees paid £1500 for Nun Ings together with at least another £1100 for other parcels of land, and they then also paid for the creation of the park, before handing it over in 1921 as a free gift to the ‘Corporation’ (i.e. the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Citizens of the City of York). The various legal documents of 1919 show that the Rowntree family wanted the park to be “for ever hereafter be kept up and maintained as a public park, public pleasure ground, public playing fields or other like purposes of public recreation, and that proper and adequate attendance and service shall be for ever hereafter provided for the purposes aforesaid.”
More information about the park’s early history can be found in this recent post by Kate Davy
Rowntree Park is a wonderful place for quiet personal contemplation, and many local people use spaces within the park throughout the year, to reflect and remember their loved ones. This October and November we are also remembering those affected by the First World War, with several installations and displays in the park.
- Within the Reading Cafe, we have installed images of local people who fought in the war, along with some souvenir material.
- Two information banners produced by Clements Hall Local History Group have also been set up in the cafe.
- A wall of knitted and crocheted poppies flows down from the cafe, to where a willow soldier sits quietly with a copy of the Cocoa Works Magazine, known as the Cocoa Times
- Other crafted items are placed in various locations
- Children have painted ‘Remembrance Rocks’ with words and images to do with remembrance, which are then hidden in various secret places for others to find
- Local arts collective ‘Northern Electric’ have created a sound trail called ‘Green in our Memory’ which is based within the park, and which can be found on the free app Situate
Our poppies are not just the ‘normal’ red poppies – you will see that they are of several different colours. Red poppies are worn to remember military personnel who have died as a result of war; they have been worn since 1921, and were originally inspired by the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae. White poppies are known as peace poppies, and are appropriate in the context of the park with its Quaker connections. There was originally controversy about white poppies, but this 1986 quote from the Bishop of Salisbury represents our view: “…there is plenty of space for red and white [poppies] to bloom side by side.” The idea of green poppies came from Seebohm Rowntree who said to the crowd on the park’s opening day, that he hoped that the park “might keep green in their memories, and those who were to come after them, the high ideals for which England had entered the war.” You might even be able to spot one purple poppy; purple poppies are for the animals who have suffered and died during wartime.
We hope that you will find time to visit the park and cafe whilst this material is on display and that you find your visit both evocative and interesting. We will leave a Memory Book by the display in the cafe, so that you can add any thoughts you might have.
October is our month for looking back over the last year, and for our AGM.
Everyone’s welcome to the AGM (18th October, 7pm at the Reading Cafe), so do come along and have your say about what’s going on in the park. This year we’re aiming to have a very brief formal element, where we review the year, confirm the financial situation and (re)elect the committee, followed by small group discussions on the key topics for the work of the Friends. Then we’ll get back together for conclusions and CAKE! Sounds like my kind of meeting …
This event is most suited to adults and teens, but some children have found they have the concentration and skills, so they are most welcome. There is a decoration making session in the clubhouse below the cafe for children running alongside the wreath making session. Details below.
It is £7.50 per wreath for non-members and £6 for those who are Friends of Rowntree Park members. If you’d like to join the Friends, it’s only £5 per year per household and as well as discount entry to events through the year, you also get 10% off in the cafe all year and monthly newsletters. Best of all, you know your money is helping our volunteers maintain and improve the park for the community. The link for joining is below or you can pick up a leaflet in the cafe.
|Wreath Making 10am||Non Member – SOLD OUT||Member -SOLD OUT|
|Wreath Making 11am||Non Member -SOLD OUT||Member – SOLD OUT|
Any questions, then do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s natural decoration making session
Join the Young Friends for a very Spooky Saturday on October 27th 2018 1-3pm in Rowntree Park. There will be potion making, broomstick creating, a terrifying trail (actually not really terrifying in case you are worried about your little ones!) and some Halloween crafts.
This event was very popular last year, therefore we are selling tickets in advance so we can know the numbers and make sure we have enough resources for everyone that wants to come.
It is £3 per child for non-members and £2 for Friends of Rowntree Park members. You can join the Friends of Rowntree Park for only £5 a year. Not only does this give you discount/free entry/priority booking to our events – you also get 10% off in the cafe for the year, monthly newsletters and a warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping support our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park we all love! You can join online by clicking here or pick up a form in the cafe. Join before buying your tickets and select ‘members tickets’ and save money.
No ticket is needed for children under 1-year-old who won’t be involved in the activities. Parents don’ need tickets. you can bring as many adults as you like – more hands to help, the better!
Dress up, dress down, but do dress for the weather as some activities will take place outside! Meet outside the Young friends Club House under Rowntree Park Reading Cafe.
|Spooky Saturday 27th Oct 1-3pm Members||SOLD OUT|
|Spooky Saturday 27th Oct 1-3pm Non Members||SOLD OUT|
All events are run by volunteers and children remain the responsibility of their parents/careers at all times. The Friends of Rowntree Park are a non-profit organisation, all money raised from the even goes to cover the resources and the rest goes to help out work in maintaining and improving the park.
Events will take place in whatever the weather. No refunds can be issued but you are welcome to sell your tickets on, just make sure we know the names of the new owners!
Any questions or queries then email abigail at email@example.com
November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of WW1 (1918). Rowntree Park was opened as a memorial to the First World War in 1921 by the Rowntree Family.
On the park’s opening in July 1921. Joseph Rowntree stated that the park was “intended to serve as a perpetual memorial to the members of the Cocoa works staff that fell and suffered in the War” and how he hoped the park would “afford many rest and recreation from the turmoil and stress of life, and bring health and happiness to a large number of young lives”. Seebohm Rowntree followed on from his father’s speech by stating that he hoped that the park might ‘keep green’ in peoples memories at the time, and in times to come to the high ideals for which England had entered the war including making the world a better place to live in.
We have a range of displays, events and activities planned for Rowntree Park through the coming months from art installations, Remembrance Rocks, Poppies in the Park and a poetry/art/music collaboration by a creatives ‘Northern Electric’ that will bring memories of the park alive via an online app. Some details are below and further details will be shared here and on Facebook where we list our events.
Poppies in the Park
Calling all crafters! Help the Friends of Rowntree Park mark the centenary of the end of WW1 (1918) with fantastic crochet, knitted or felted poppies that will be displayed in Rowntree Park. Our aim is to create a wall of poppies spilling down the wall of the steps leading to the cafe, that can be seen directly from the lychgate.
If you can knit, crochet or sew, we’d love your help. Join us at one or more of our craft sessions (dates and places below) or make your own at home. We are after poppies that are red, white and green(!)
We’re holding drop-in craft sessions on:
Mon 17th Sept 2-3pm at Rowntree Park Café
Wed 3rd Oct 7.30-8.30 (ish) at the Winning Post Pub (Bishopthorpe Rd)
Tuesday 16th of Oct 7.30-8.30 (ish) at the Winning Post Pub (Bishopthorpe Rd)
These sessions are aimed at adults (or skilled teens).
Sat Oct 20th 1-3pm – Poppy craft event for children (aimed at 3-14). This includes making felt poppies and also helping create a large piece of wall art. Meet at the Young Friends Clubhouse under the cafe). There is a small cost for the children’s activity to cover resources (£1 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park members and £1.50 otherwise).
The poppies display will start to be installed on Oct 20th.
Adult/teen craft sessions are free of charge, just bring needles and wool if you have them or borrow some from us. Poppies of all sizes and shapes welcome, you can use your own pattern or there are some suggestions here: http://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1346/~/knit-or-crochet-a-poppy
If you make your own poppies just get in touch with us and we will give you an address to drop them at.
Rowntree Park Rocks has successfully been running over a year. The aim being for adults and children to decorate rocks and leave them in the park for others to find. It brightens people’s day and gets people out and about exploring the park. However, to mark the centenary of the war, we are encouraging people to create ‘Remembrance Rocks’. This is aimed at young and old and Remembrance can be linked to the First World War, wars since or for anyone who we have lost in our lives.
A few thoughts…
All our events for the centenary of the end of the First World War are not a celebration of war but are to remember those who gave their lives for what leaders believed was right at the time, to remember all those then and since that have had their lives touched by war, and in a wider sense, remembrance of anyone you have lost who we were close to. We hope the displays and events we have on in the park through October are talking points for people, and parents can engage with their younger children on the topic of war and remembrance, in general, taking the chats in whatever direction they seem fitting. We hope you enjoy what we have planned and we’d love for you to be involved.