Flower Show Raffle Winner

What a fantastic Chorley Flower Show we have had.

If you called in to say hello it was lovely to meet you and we hope you enjoyed seeing our display showing what we have done over the years in the park.

Towards the end of the final day we drew the winning ticket for our raffle.

The winner of the painting was Mrs. Ann Worsnop. We hope you enjoy the framed original painting by local artist Sandra Sugden.

Roll on next year.

Our Chorley Flower Show Raffle

We are starting to get excited, Chorley Flower Show starts on Friday of this week, July 30th and as we have already said, Friends of Astley Park will be there at our own stand.

As part of our Flower Show display this year we will be raffling a framed original painting by local artist Sandra Sugden.

The artist has used Alcohol inks to produce this beautiful and very colourful picture.

If you would like this hanging on your wall make sure you call in at the Friends of Astley Park stand at the Flower Show to buy your raffle tickets.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday and the winner will be announced at the show and here on our website.

Gook luck to all that enter the raffle.

Chorley Flower Show 2021

Chorley Flower Show is back and of course Friends of Astley Park will be there with our stand showing some of what we do around the park.

The show is on over three days this year, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August 2021 between 10am and 5pm every day so very soon, just at the end of this coming week.

Please come and visit us and have a chat with some of our lovely volunteers, we’d be delighted to meet you and chat.

Watch this space for more information and you can also visit the Chorley Flower Show website by CLICKING HERE.

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Saturday 3rd July – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

We will be busy working in the park again this Saturday, 3rd July.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden and would welcome help there.

We are also proposing to tackle the Balsam on and around the River Chor near the concrete pipe area opposite the Sensory Garden this weekend.

With this in mind it might be better to meet up at the Sensory Garden rather than the Coach House courtyard.

If you use the Queens Road car park remember it is free for three hours but don’t forget to get a ticket. Just press the yellow button to get your Free for Three Hours ticket.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Replanting of the Lost Fountain

On Saturday 19th June a small number of our group were busy replanting an area of the Lost Fountain in the north western part of the park.

Some of the original plants had been trampled down on the front edge of the fountain but Chorley Council have kindly supplied us with new plants. Over one hundred shrubs, grasses and perennials were planted at the weekend.

Hopefully they will get established quickly and add to the aura of this lovely peaceful spot in Astley Park.

Many thanks to all involved.

Saturday 24th April – Work in the Park

Hello everyone.

We will be in the park again this coming Saturday, 24th April 2021.

This means working in groups not exceeding 6 people, being socially distanced at all times and preferably masked to adhere to government guidelines.

There is work to be done in the Sensory Garden so anyone wishing to help there should go directly to the garden – 9.30am start.

As well as the usual litter picking we are hoping to get in the river to collect litter and check for any blockages. As we haven’t had much rain lately it should be quite safe to do this but if you are thinking of helping with this task don’t forget your wellingtons – meet at the coach house at 9.30am and we can allocated differnet strteches of the river to people so that we get full coverage.

We hope to see you there.

Snowdrops and Winter Sun

Hello all,

Well February is here and even though we are in lockdown Astley Park continues to cycle through the seasons.

Today I took a walk into the park and the snowdrops are out and looking wonderful. They are dotted about sporadically through the woodland walks. It was bitterly cold with flurries of snow in the air but also some lovely sunshine so well worth the effort.

So that’s it for now. As soon as we can put a timetable of activities together moving forward through 2021 we will post it here on the website so please keep checking back.

Stay well and safe and once again, we will hopefully see you soon. 

Take care – Friends of Astley Park

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Merry and safe Christmas

Well, what a year we’ve had! One to forget for most of us I would imagine.

Who would have thought as we chimed in the new year what 2020 had in store for us, and not just us but the whole globe.

So as the year draws to a close the Friends of Astley Park would like to wish our members, our followers and everyone who uses the park a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and a ‘Happy New Year’.

We will be back working in the park as soon as rules allow in 2021. Keep an eye on the website for dates of up and coming activities and meetings.

Until then, have a fantastic, safe and healthy festive season and we will see you in 2021.

All the best – Friends of Astley Park

P.S. As a footnote I walked around the new Astley Park Trail today and as we approached the Sensory Garden I noticed a tree with just a hint of blossom starting to show. It will be spring before we know it – Take care everyone.

Lockdown 2.0 – All group activities cancelled

Dear all,

As of today, Thursday 5th November, a new national lockdown is in place. Lockdown restrictions mean we are unable to continue with work in the park on a group basis. 

It is still possible to do things such as litter picking, should anyone wish to do so, either with one’s partner or with one other individual with social distancing in place.

This new national lockdown is scheduled to finish on the 2nd December. Our position moving forward will be reviewed when new government announcements are made.

Until then, please stay well and safe and once again, we will see you on the other side.

Take care – Friends of Astley Park

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