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Mayor opens transformed under 5s play area

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Cutting the ribbon

After more than a year of fundraising by the Friends, it was fantastic to see the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Gwen Lowe, cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the park’s under 5s play area on Saturday 11 August.  FoGP Chair, Glenis Ireland, welcomed Friends, supporters and representatives from the organisations whose funding had made the makeover possible, and thanked everyone for their part in transforming the play area.

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FoGP Chair thanking donors

As Glenis said at the opening ceremony, we think this project is a great example of what can be achieved by community groups working in partnership with the Council, and is what Friends groups are all about.

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Fun on the slide

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Driving the train!

The new equipment is proving very popular with little ones and we’re really pleased to have been able to improve this part of the park with support from all the generous funders and donors.

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Play train almost ready for boarding!

The play train we’ve been fundraising for has now arrived in the toddler play area near the top cafe and, with funds for the train in place, Kirklees Council is carrying out extra work to completely transform what was once a rather dark and neglected area. Surrounding trees have been cut back or removed to allow more light to flood in and the whole area is being resurfaced too.  The work should be completed by the end of July and we’re planning an official opening ceremony in mid-August.

Play train 18-07-18The play area upgrade has been achieved thanks to donations from a host of individual Friends and supporters, plus generous grants from local organisations.  As well as the many individual donors, the Friends of Greenhead Park would like to thank Huddersfield Round Table; the Freemasons of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding; Tesco Bags of Help Scheme; Greenhead Ward Active Citizens Grant Scheme; Huddersfield Rotary Club; Huddersfield Pennine Rotary Club; Huddersfield Lions and Kirklees Council Participatory Budget for their financial support for this project which could not have happened without them.  Thanks are also due to everyone who backed our bid to the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, helping us to scoop the top award of £4,000 by voting for the play train in local Tesco stores.

 

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Anyone for tennis?

If you fancy a game of tennis in the park, don’t forget to book your court in advance using the on-line court reservation system.  It’s free, and you only need to register once, then log in whenever you want to make a booking. You can also book on your phone by downloading the ‘Clubspark – booker’ app.

Want to improve your game, or introduce the kids to tennis? The Greenhead Park Tennis for Free scheme offers free coaching for all the family on the tennis courts on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 3.30pm –  sessions are open to anyone of any level and age, and equipment is provided. To book, just  register on the Greenhead Park Tennis for Free website. Once you’re registered, you can book yourself and your family members in whenever you want to attend.

tennis for kids kitTennis coaching specially for children aged 8 to 11 will be on offer during the summer holidays too. Tennis for Kids is a starter course of six high quality sessions introducing tennis to children in a fun and relaxed environment. The course starts on Saturday 28 July, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and finishes on Saturday 1 September. The cost for the 6 week course is £25 including a racquet, ball set and personalised T-shirt. Go to Tennis For Kids for more details and to book a place on the course.

And for adults (18+) of all levels who’d like the chance to play in friendly competitive singles matches, there’s a Greenhead Park Tennis League – you can join for just £18 (includes free British Tennis Membership worth £25). To play in the next round – from 19 July to 12 September – you need to sign up by Monday 16 July.

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Coming soon – Sounds of Summer!

Greenhead Park bandstand will be alive with the sound of music this summer with this great programme of free concerts for everyone to enjoy, brought to you by the Friends of Greenhead Park. So dust off the folding chairs and shake out the picnic rugs ready for Sounds of Summer 2018!IMG_2699-001

 

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Ride the Easter Special – and boost our train fund

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Riding the train in Greenhead Park

Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers, who run the miniature railway in the park, are kindly supporting us by donating the takings from rides on Easter Monday to our fund for a colourful play train for the toddler play area.

The railway’s popular Easter themed rides will be operating from 1pm to 4pm from March 30 to April 2 (weather permitting) – normal fares apply.  We’ll also have a Friends of Greenhead Park information stand by the station on April 2 and will be pleased to accept any donations towards the train fund.

We are still hoping to scoop the top award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Voting at the main Tesco store in Huddersfield and Express stores in Marsh and Halifax Road is open until the end of April. Please support us when you shop!

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Bags of Help for our play train fund – if you give us your vote!

Play trainThanks to many generous donors, we are well on our way to raising the funds needed to install a colourful play train unit in the park’s toddler play area.

And we’ve just heard the great news that our project has been chosen for a cash award from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative which offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of the revenue generated from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. We are one of three groups shortlisted for our local area and could receive £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000 depending on how many people vote for us during March and April this year.

You can help us scoop the top award – and hit our target for the train!  Just ask for your token at the checkout and drop it in the voting box each time you shop at the Tesco Superstore in Huddersfield or Express stores in Marsh or Halifax Road.

Toddler trainOur crowd funding page is now closed, but if you would like to contribute to the train fund, you can still donate by sending a cheque made out to Friends of Greenhead Park to FoGP, c/o Refreshment Rooms, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS. You can also call in with a donation to our drop-in session in the pavilion by the bowling greens on a Wednesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

 

 

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Have a say on play

The council are untitledworking on a new approach to play  in Kirklees. The draft strategy aims to make sure everyone has the opportunity to play outdoors, and encourages wild adventurous play as well as play in traditional playgrounds – both of which contribute to development.  They have been consulting people via surveys and local meetings over the past few months. They are keen to hear from anybody who uses play spaces, whether they are a child, young person or adult – the more, the better!

There’s still time to have a say by filling in a short on-line survey about how, why and where you like to play, and your priorities for the future.

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Help get our play train on track!

Toddler trainThe Friends of Greenhead Park are keen to improve the enclosed baby and toddler play area by the top cafe.  We’ve come up with a colourful train unit which we think will be a great hit with little ones and will encourage both physical and imaginative play.  All we need now is to find the money to pay for it!

If you would like to make a contribution towards the train, you can donate on-line via our Just Giving crowdfunding page, send a cheque made out to Friends of Greenhead Park to FoGP, c/o Refreshment Rooms, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS, or call in with a donation to our drop-in session in the pavilion by the bowling greens on a Wednesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.  We would also welcome any help with fundraising, so do contact us with any suggestions or ideas.

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Croquet on the greens

Since 2016, Huddersfield Croquet Club have been playing matches and practising on the lower bowling green in the park. New members are welcome and the Club run an open session on the first Sunday of the month from 2pm (up to September 3) when anyone can come along and have a go. All the equipment is provided, you just need to wear trainers or other flat shoes. The Club also runs weekly coaching sessions on the lower green on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm – again new players are welcome.

croquet open dayNormally there is one green available for casual bowling but occasionally the Croquet Club hold internal competitions which involve use of both the bowling greens all day. Competitions this year are on Sunday 23 July, Sunday 13 August and Sunday 1 October.

For more information about Huddersfield Croquet Club, e-mail huddscroquetclub@gmail.com, call Rena Souten on 07799 895350 or visit their Facebook page.

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Summer Music on the Greenhead Park Bandstand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s a great programme of free concerts on the Greenhead Park bandstand this summer. From traditional brass bands to samba and funk, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

You can download the full programme here and there’s more information about the bands on our events pages for June and July – and watch out for August details soon.

So come on down and enjoy the music – and hopefully some sunshine too!

 

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