Becoming a charity!

Over the past 12 months, our income has increased quite substantially due to grants, increased membership and income from events we run for the community.   We are now in the happy place of having to apply to formalise our position with an application for charitable status as an Incorporated Organisation.  We would like to do this as soon as possible after the next Friends meeting.

We have used standard documentation from the Charity Commission to put together a constitution for the Friends and which we would like to discuss and approve (possibly with minor amendments) at the meeting on Thursday. You can see this document here FRP constitution 20 03 2019.

We have defined our objectives as being to:

1         promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Rowntree Park as a place of environmental interest and amenity value

2        advance the education of the public in relation to the history, biodiversity and other aspects of Rowntree Park and related Issues

3        work with others on the provision of facilities for public education, recreation and other leisure interests within Rowntree Park

4        Promote civic responsibility, volunteering, health and well-being among the users of Rowntree Park.

We do need some Friends of Rowntree Park members to help with the organisation of this, as Trustees.  5 – 7 people are needed for this, and we hope they will step forward/ be selected on Thursday. If you cannot attend the meeting but are interested in putting yourself forward as a Trustee, then please let us know.  Similarly, get in touch if you’d like to find out more on what being a Trustee involves. General information on becoming a charity trustee is here.

The Friends of Rowntree Park meeting takes place on Thurs 11th April at 7pm in Rowntree Park Reading Cafe.  All members are welcome.

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Mister Dills – Art in the Park!

 

James Dillion aka Mister Dills is a York-based designer and children’s book illustrator and a range of his work is now on display at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe.  He loves to create pretty things for other people.  He is constantly experimenting with style, ideas and designs and ever evolving.

James is often in Rowntree Park with his two young children, is a supporter of the Friends of Rowntree Park, and is running a couple of children’s art sessions for our members this February. Both sessions sold out in record time!  Mister Dills is hoping to bring more art to the park this summer and involve local children.

The Friends of Rowntree Park are working with the cafe to exhibit the work of local artists over the coming months. The work currently on display in the cafe is a mix of Mister Dills York-based art and general doodles.  All work is available to buy and he also takes commissions, so do get in touch with him if you like what you see!

 HELLO@MISTERDILLS.COM     

The best place to check out his current work and projects is https://www.instagram.com/misterdills

 


Doodling with Mister Dills

Young Friends of Rowntree Park – Art Event

Mr Dills loves to doodle, and if you do too – he’d love you to join him in this art session hosted at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe on Sunday 24th of February 10am-11am  and a second session at 11.30-12.30 the same day.
 
Mr Dills is a local artist and children’s book illustrator who wowed all the children in his session last year when he showed them how easy, and fun, it can be to draw! In this session, there will be a chance to create your own Pokemon character and trading card amongst top tips for drawing and design.

 

 
The session is aimed at children aged 6-10 years of age (approx) and will be approximately 1 hour. Children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers through the session, but whilst they draw and create – you can chat and eat cake!
(NB-It is possible the session may run over slightly but no longer than 11.30am).
 
The cost of the session is £4 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park members and £5 for non-members.
If you’d like to become a member it is only £5 per year for the household – as well as helping our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park, you also get 10% off at the cafe for the year – perfect! Join today – click here
Mr Dills is a firm supporter of the Friends of Rowntree Park and will also be displaying some of his illustrative work based on the park, and York in general at the Reading Cafe over the coming months and he has also agreed to help us with some larger art in the park itself – what a guy!
Doodling with Mister Dills – children’s art workshop Sunday 24th February 10-11am SOLD OUT
Doodling with Mister Dills – children’s art workshop Sunday 24th February 11.30am-12.30pm SOLD OUT

* 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 member’s ticket.http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

Why join the Friends of Rowntree Park?
You can support the Friends of Rowntree Park for only £5  year per household.  Your money goes toward our volunteers’ work in maintaining and improving the park, as well as running community events.  You also get monthly newsletters, priority booking/discount to our events and 10% off in the cafe for the year. Join here.

 

You can see more of Mr Dill’s work on Instagram and Facebook

Please note – Tickets cannot be refunded but if you cannot come/sell your ticket on please let us know in advance.
Email – membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 

 


Friends annual round-up and the AGM

October is our month for looking back over the last year, and for our AGM.

The summary of our work over the last year can be found here. Our financial statement is viewable here.

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 …

 


Christmas Wreath Making

Get festive with the Friends! Join us for our annual Christmas Wreath Making session on Saturday 8th of December 10-12.30pm.  You can choose to start at 10am or 11am.  It generally takes an hour or a bit longer, but stay as long as you like!
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This popular event is back!  We will be based on the balcony of the Reading Cafe in Rowntree Park.  Grab and coffee and get creative!  There will be wreath frames made from willow for you to use and lots of natural decorations collected from York’s parks and open spaces for you to add – really make your door stand out this Christmas!  York Music Centre may also be sending a  choir or string quartet to accompany us with carols (TBC).

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.

http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership
To buy your ticket, click on the links.  One ticket is needed for each wreath to be made.
Update on Mon 8th Oct – we are sold out!  If more tickets become available, we will announce of Facebook.  Thank you so much for all the interest!
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 membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

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Children’s natural decoration making session

All ages welcome!  join us to make decorations from natural resources.  hang on your Christmas tree or add to our ‘tree in the park’.
Cost £2 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park members/£3 non-members. This is a drop in session and no need to book in advance, however sending names and ages of children in advance is recommended to make sure we have enough resources (email – abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk)

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Spooky Saturday!

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.

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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 membership@rowntreepark.org.uk


Lest we forget

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.

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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.

Remembrance Rocks

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.