Paid work available!

Wanted: freelance consultant to set up volunteer management systems for us We’re a busy charity, looking after the welfare of the park and its users. Traditionally the Friends offered a range of family-friendly events, and also acted as a representative body, for the council and other bodies. However, increasingly we’re taking on additional activities andContinue reading “Paid work available!”

The old park-keeper’s flat; holiday let or is there an alternative option?

Reprinted from Friends newsletter, in case there are subscribers who are not members of the Friends: As you will be aware, the council approved plans to turn the old park keepers flat above the cafe to a holiday let. The original planning application was withdrawn at the start of this year from a number ofContinue reading “The old park-keeper’s flat; holiday let or is there an alternative option?”

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 doContinue reading “Becoming a charity!”

Update on the flat above the cafe

Two of the Friends’ committee attended the meeting of the Council’s Executive yesterday evening (14th Feb), and spoke about the Friends’ concerns about the plans to create a holiday flat in the former park-keepers accommodation. We had previously added our comments on the planning application (see the planning portal with the reference number 18/02255/FUL) andContinue reading “Update on the flat above the cafe”

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’sContinue reading “Friends annual round-up and the AGM”

Ain’t that goose news? Man, ain’t that news? (With apologies to the late, great Sam Cooke)

For a number of months, volunteers from the Friends of Rowntree Park (guided by the council’s experts) have been seeking to manage the goose situation in the Park, in a humane way. Doing anything to manage the geese problem does not meet the approval of all – and we do appreciate that we can’t pleaseContinue reading “Ain’t that goose news? Man, ain’t that news? (With apologies to the late, great Sam Cooke)”

Gardening progress, guest post by Rosemary

Rosemary is our wonderful gardening co-ordinator, and this is her report on progress so far, in 2018 The volunteer gardening team have met – weather permitting – on a weekly basis since March.  The plan for Spring was to increase the perennial plants in the borders, adding lupins to copy the original George Russell (aContinue reading “Gardening progress, guest post by Rosemary”

Blossom time in the park

The cherry blossom in the park is looking so lovely, and we’re looking forward to the Japanese Society coming next Saturday, for a blossom celebration. However, we’d also like to celebrate the beauty of the apple blossom. If you haven’t already found it, there is a row of apple trees, of several different types, inContinue reading “Blossom time in the park”