Members of the newly established Friends of North End Park have been greatly heartened by the response to appeals for new blood.
After a Facebook and poster campaign led by the Driffield Town Council, the group has welcomed over 10 new members keen to get active and make a real difference to the park.
Various projects have been identified, as well as short and long term goals. The first project will involve the refurbishment of the Remembrance Gardens shelter, which is in dire need of attention. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is providing equipment and materials and the Friends group will carry out the work themselves.
There are also plans to commemorate the First World War with an art project in liaison with the schools, and funding will be sought in the near future. Other projects include the provision of interpretation boards detailing the history of the park and the local benefactor who donated the area to the children of Driffield, Robert Tongue Holtby, in 1922.
Historian Sue McGee has joined the Friends group and is researching Holtby and Thomas Widd, a Bridge Street inhabitant who went on to become a world famous pioneer in the techniques of communication with the deaf.
Other members of the group are to form a Facebook page and begin a fundraising campaign for improved play equipment and will be liaising with ERYC in the near future about consultation and the selection of new equipment.
Long standing chairman, Mr John Forrester, said ‘We have been blown away by the response from the public to our appeals for new members, and it is great that those that use the park are wanting to get involved, be hands on and actually get on to make it even better for the community of Driffield’.
Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Binnington said ‘the new members are very enthusiastic and are very keen to bring their own skills and expertise to the projects. It is very encouraging and we have a broad spectrum of members who all use the park for different activities – from young mums, to local historians, to those interested in the environment, dog walkers and those more interested in the built environment and also the older children’s facilities’.
The Mayor, Coun Phil Stocker and also an avid member of the Friends, commented ‘this group of residents are very keen to be active and ‘hands on’ and have made it clear to us that the Friends group should not be a ‘talking shop’, so be prepared to see plenty of activity in the coming months’.
The Friends group meet regularly and dates of meetings are publicised on the Driffield Town Council Face book page and on posters around the park, anyone interested in getting involved are very welcome. The next meeting is on Tuesday June 10 at 6pm in the Town Council offices on Market Walk.