December 12, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Trinity carols at Christmas Cafe Day

The Friends Cafe Day in December went ahead despite the problems with lighting in the Visitors Centre that had caused the cancellation of the cafe in November. The temporary lighting added to the festive atmosphere.  Local band Trinity gave two performances of Christmas carols and the Big Bottle tombola was

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November 25, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized


The winner of the 2019 competition for Best Ulley Photograph was Faye Peacock who receives a cheque for £25. The second prize of £15 went to Steve Bradley In third place was John Castell who receives £10 Thanks to all the 21 photographers who entered this year’s competition. The 16

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November 23, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Ulley Brass Band Concert

The annual Brass Band concert was held in Ulley Parish Church on the 22nd of November and ,once again, Thurcroft Brass Band gave a magnificent performance under the guidance of conductor Mark Wright.

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October 23, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Record number of Fungi at October Cafe Day

There were a record number of species of fungi found in the Park on the guided walk, led by local expert Ziggy, at the October Cafe Day. Rotherham Hospice also had a very successful stall selling Christmas merchandise and raised nearly £300 for the Hospice. The cafe was well attended

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October 02, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Whooper Swans at Ulley

The first signs of winter appeared in the Park on 2nd October with the arrival of four Whooper Swans. Whoopers come to Britain in autumn from their breeding grounds, mainly in Iceland, to spend the winter in our warmer temperatures, before returning in spring.     Thanks to Mike Smethurst

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August 21, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Encore sing at August Cafe Day

Popular local choir gave another excellent performance at the Friends Cafe Day in August, entertaining the many visitors that braved the blustery conditions in the Spillway.   Kate O’Brien held a storytelling session in the Visitors Centre with a Lost Book Library available for children to choose a new book

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August 07, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Improvements at Ulley

The Friends have finally completed a project to improve the entrance into the Park by paving the rough path over the by-wash channel. The work was carried out by the Community Payback team who also refurbished the adjacent steps and painted the timber fencing. Thanks to Glyn Staves and his

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August 04, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Ulley on Sky News

The problems at Toddbrook reservoir near Whaley Bridge prompted Sky News to come to Ulley and interview Chair, Bobbie Hillman, and Secretary, Paul Nash, about the flood in 2007. There are obvious similarities between the situation at Toddbrook and the near failure at Ulley. Sky reporter Gerard Hogg was keen

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July 22, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Dragonfly walk and The Ukulele Lady at July Cafe Day

Mike Smethurst led a walk round the park at the Friends July Cafe Day, trying to spot and photograph dragonflies and other large insects. A small but enthusiastic group did discover a few insects but Mike’s moth trap proved to be very popular, containing many different moths that he had

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July 19, 2019 by Admin in Uncategorized

Poem for Ulley

There’s something bubbling in the reservoir There’s something smoking way afar It’s green It’s got huge teeth Some on top Some beneath   It’s cool It’s got long hair Some up here Some down there   It has got a message on a stick I’m feeling really pretty sick. It’s

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