ULLEY ARTS FESTIVAL 2019
The first Ulley Arts Festival was a great success thanks to perfect weather, enthusiastic contributions from the local schools and excellent organisation by the Friends with the support from the many volunteers involved. The Ian McMillan evening and the Mamma Mia Singalong were sell out events at the start and finish of a great weekend. More details and photographs are on the Ulley Arts Festival post and there is a display in the Visitors Centre.
Thanks to everyone involved who made the Festival go so well, together with the many visitors who came to Ulley and enjoyed the activities, trails and performances in The Spillway.
ENCORE SINGING AT AUGUST CAFE DAY and STORYTELLING WITH KATE O’BRIEN
Popular local choir Encore will be singing in the Spillway at 12 and 1pm during the Friends Cafe Day on Sunday 18th of August.
Following her appearance at the Arts Festival, local children’s author Kate O’Brien will be storytelling, and hosting the Lost Book Library, in the Visitors Centre. An event young children will enjoy.
The Cafe will be open from 11am until 3pm serving a range of refreshments including homemade cakes and hot dogs.
WHO ARE THE FRIENDS OF ULLEY COUNTRY PARK?
The Friends of Ulley Country Park is a voluntary organisation working in partnership with Rotherham Council, the owners of the Park, to protect and enhance the natural environment in the Park.
Membership of the Friends group is open to everyone and is now well over 300. We have provided significant financial support to the Rangers team at Ulley since the group was founded in 2006 and continue to work positively towards ensuring the facilities in the Park are improved and maintained for the enjoyment of all visitors.
The elected Committee meets monthly at the Visitors Centre, with the Park Manager and representatives from the local Parish Councils, to discuss the Friends activities and proposals for projects to be implemented in the Park. As a voluntary group, the Friends have successfully applied for grant funding to enable additional resources for various projects in the Park.
The Friends hold a monthly Café Day in the Visitors Centre, generally on the third Sunday of the month, to encourage visitors to the Park and raise vital funds for carrying out improvements in the Park.
Two newsletters are circulated to members each year, in Spring and Autumn, giving details of the Friends activities and projects being implemented in the Park
The work of the Friends group has been recognised by receipt of the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award in 2017
The Aims of the Friends group are set out in the constitution as follows:-
- To protect and enhance the Park, its amenities and its heritage
- To work in partnership with Rotherham Borough Council
- To promote further development through grant funding and volunteering
How to join
Annual membership of the Friends group is only £4 and new members receive a copy of “The Story of Ulley Country Park” written by Russ Howes. If you would like to join either:-
- e-mail email@example.com
- contact the Secretary, Paul Nash on 01709 370797
- pick up a membership leaflet at the visitors centre on a Café Day
Members receive two newsletters a year.
ULLEY CAFE DAYS 2019
The Friends of Ulley Country Park will be holding Café Days during 2019, usually on the third Sunday of the month. Dates will be published here and on posters round the Park soon.
17th February 17th March 14th April 19th May 16th June
21st July 18th August 15th September 20th October
17th November 8th December
The Café will be open from 11am until 3pm with a range of homemade refreshments and we hope to host a special event at each Café Day. Details will be on the website and displayed on notices round the Park
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2019
We are holding the photographic competition again this year for the Best Ulley Photograph of 2019.
Entries can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes for the best 3 photographs voted at the AGM in November from a shortlist drawn up by the Committee.
1st prize £25 2nd prize £15 3rd prize £10
- All photographs should be taken in the Park during 2019 and have no words or enhancements added.
- A maximum of 5 photographs may be submitted per person.
- Photographs submitted may be used by the Friends for publicity and fund raising purposes.
- Closing Date for entries 31st October 2019
For any queries, e-mail us at email@example.com or
phone our Secretary, Paul Nash on 01709 370797.
To contact the Park Rangers, phone 01709 850353.
To contact Ulley Sailing Club visit their website www.ulleysailingclub.co.uk
HOW TO FIND THE PARK
Ulley Country Park is on the A618 Pleasley Road between Aughton and Whiston. Post Code is S26 3XL