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Saturday 20th November – Work in the Park

Hi everybody,

Plans for this Saturday, 20th November include:-

  1. Work around the Fountain Area
  2. Clearance of leaves and soil from large flight of steps going upwards from the river
  3. Clearing of path between the hall and the lake
  4. Litter picking

Meet up at the Coachhouse courtyard at 9.30 am.

It would be a help if anyone wishing to work on the steps brought a stiff brush and/or a spade.

We look forward to seeing you then.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 6th November – Work in the Park

Hello all,

We will be working in the park tomorrow morning, 6th November.

The main task is the removal of Ivy from Park Road boundary wall. Secateurs or small loppers or shears would be useful.

As there will be no work being done in the Sensory Garden for a while now so the green fingered of you might wish to help out here instead. Meet by Park Gates on on Park Road at 9.30am.

There will be the usual Litter Picking patrol meeting at the Courtyard at 9.30am and there is one of the culverts on the new path by Dog Trap Wood which is getting blocked and needs clearing (not a big job yet) so if anyone fancies looking at that please do.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 23rd October – Work in the Park

Hi All, we will be back working in the park tomorrow, 23rd October from 9.30am.

Proposed tasks for tomorrow include:

Sensory Garden: Jan will be present at the garden but hasn’t transport to bring tools so could anyone wishing to join her there at 9.30am please take their own hand tools with them.

Fountain: More work needs to be done protecting the area around the fountain. We will be digging up small holly bushes and replanting them around the barriers we built last time to make things a little easier on the eye.

River: A fallen tree near the “beach” area in the woods need pruning and removing so don’t forget your “wellies”.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Members Meeting and AGM

For the first time in two years we have finally been able to arrange a Members’ Meeting. This will be an opportunity for members to meet up again socially and to meet the new members.

The meeting will consist of an AGM (we haven’t been able to have one for 2 years), and will be an ideal opportunity for the new members to get more insight into who we are and what we do and perhaps brings new ideas to the table.

If anyone would like to consider joining the committee could they please let me know before the meeting.

Meeting details: Venue is Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Road, Chorley, PR7 1LG at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th October

We hope you can make it.

Saturday 9th October – Work in the Park

Tomorrow, Saturday 9th October, we will be working in the park again.

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden so anyone wishing to work on the garden please go there directly for 9.30am.

Anyone else should meet up at the Coach House courtyard, again at 9.30am where we will be working around the Fountain area or litter picking – please note that we now have a new stock of litter pickers available.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 11th September – Work in the Park

Hi all,

Hopefully the rain will have stopped by tomorrow, 11th September, so we should be able to get some work done.

Jan can’t be with us tomorrow but as usual there will be work to be done at the Sensory Garden for anyone who wishes to go straight there. You will have to take your own implements for general tidying up, weeding, pruning etc.

There is some repair work to be done on the stonework at the fountain so it might be a good opportunity to get behind the temporary barrier to do some weeding, pruning etc.as well.

It has been reported that there is more litter about than usual, especially around the newly renovated section of the trail, so that could be addressed too.

We hope to see you there.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 28th August – Work in the Park

Hello everyone,

With the weather set to be fair this coming Saturday it should be a good morning to get to work on some more Balsam removal.

To this end we will meet up at the Coach House courtyard at 9.30am. Don’t forget long sleeves and gloves and suitable footwear (wellingtons may not be needed unless anyone fancies a paddle in the river too).

Jan will be at the Sensory Garden also from 9.30am so if anyone wants to help out there please go directly to the garden.

We hope to see you there.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 14th August – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

This coming Saturday, 14th August is probably the last time we will be doing organised Balsam bashing/pulling this year so it has been decided to tackle the areas on either side of the main steps leading down to the river.

This being the case we will be meeting up at our normal meeting point, the Coach House Courtyard at 9.30am.

If anyone wishes to work on the Sensory Garden there are always things to be done there.

Jan will not be there this week so you will need to take your own hand tools etc. with you.

We hope to see you there. 

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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Saturday 7th August – Work in the Park

Hi everyone,

We are planning to have an extra working day this coming Saturday the 7th August with the intention of removing some more Balsam before the flowers start to disperse their seeds.

With this in mind we will be meeting up at the Sensory Garden with a start time of 9.30am.

For any new members who are interested in helping with the Balsam, it is advisable to wear gloves, have long sleeves (protection against nettles or brambles) and suitable footwear as the ground can be uneven and wet.

Jan will be working at the Sensory Garden where there is some planting and more ground maintenance to be done and is always grateful of help – again meeting up at 9.30am.

There will also be the opportunity of scouring the park for litter. Hopefully visitors to the Flower Show will not have created too much mess.

We hope to see you there.

If you would like to see what Friends of Astley Park are all about or you’d just like to come and say hello please come over to see us, we’d be delighted to meet you. 

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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.