Two local groups in Woodthorpe are inviting residents to get together to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On Thursday 17th May from 1.30 to 3.30pm Dementia Yorkshire is hosting a Royal Wedding themed afternoon at St James the Deacon Church Hall on Sherringham Drive, with light refreshments and organised activities on offer.
Then on the big day itself, Saturday 19th May, the Woodthorpe Community Group invites local residents to a Royal Wedding Street Party on Woodthorpe Green from 2pm to 4.30pm. As well as refreshment stalls there will also be family games on the Green. Bring your picnic blanket or folding chairs and make it a fun afternoon! In the event of wet weather, the event will move indoors to St James the Deacon church hall.
Residents are being invited to get ‘up with the larks’ on Saturday 28 April to listen to birdsong on Hob Moor.
Friends of Hob Moor have organised the ‘Bird Walk’ which will be led by Barry Bishop. It begins at 6am and starts from the yellow railings on Little Hob Moor at the entrance to the railway underpass.
The playgrounds at Woodthorpe Green and Nelsons Lane have re-opened after improvement works were completed.
£30,000 has been spent at Woodthorpe Green to install new swings, adventure equipment and a zip wire. £17,000 came from City of York Council central budgets, with £11,000 from the Ward Committee and the remainder from development funds. In addition, the Woodthorpe York Community Group secured a Yorventure grant of £12,000 for the installation of an accessible roundabout.
At Nelsons Lane £32,000 has been spent, which includes a donation from local children’s nursery Little Green Rascals.
Ann, Ashley and Stephen at Nelsons Lane…
…and at Woodthorpe Green
Local Lib Dem councillors Ann Reid, Ashley Mason and Stephen Fenton worked with the Woodthorpe York Community Group and Chase Residents Association to engage with residents to determine the priorities for the revamps, and then young and old alike were asked to vote for their favourite designs.
Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton said “There has been a bit of a wait whilst snagging issues were resolved, but it’s wonderful to see the enjoyment that children and their families are getting from the revamped playgrounds.”
“Local residents’ involvement was key to realising these improvements, and it’s another example of where Ward Committee funding is making a real difference to our communities.”
Skatepark and inflatable ‘arena’ sessions have been organised for youngsters in Foxwood, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe over the Easter holidays.
The sessions, at Foxwood Community Centre, Foxwood Park and Moor Lane Youth Centre, are being run by the York City Knights Foundation and are being funded by the Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees.
Further activity sessions are booked in for the May/June half term and the summer holidays, including arena sessions at Woodthorpe Green.
The installation of a new accessible roundabout at the Woodthorpe Green play area is underway. The roundabout is designed in such a way as to easily accommodate wheelchairs, and has been funded by a £12,000 grant secured by the Woodthorpe York Community Group.
The wider playground revamp at Woodthorpe should be finally completed when snagging issues have been resolved. These are:
- final fixing of equipment parts
- repairs to paintwork
- installation of a concrete pad under the bench
- repairs to the picnic table seating area
Meanwhile at the revamped Nelsons Lane playground, outstanding issues are:
- the installation of the slide
- a replacement concrete pad under the bench
- repairs to the old seating area
When all of these tasks have been completed and signed off as safe, the playgrounds will re-open.