Welcome

Welcome to the Friends of Memorial Park Great Harwood website. We invite you to browse the site and the wealth of information contained within. If you have enjoyed looking at the site, please leave a message in the guest book (or even come along to one of our meetings). Details can be found in our meetings and events pulldown menus.

Park Flower Beds

In 2016, Hyndburn Borough Council announced it would not be planting any summer or winter bedding plants in the parks or open spaces. There would be no hanging baskets of flower towers as in past years.
The Friends Committee negotiated to retain and look after the parks flower beds with the Parks Manager to prevent them being "grassed over".
In October 2016 the group planted approx. 2000 daffodil bulbs in the beds with the help of 32 volunteers. Spring 2017 saw a wonderful display of colour.

New benches for park

This summer has seen two new benches installed by the Council. One of these benches has a plaque attached and reads "This plaque was donated by farmers across Lancashire to commemorate all those who lost their lives in Manchester 2017 - You will never be forgotten - RIP

Allsprings Drive - a disgrace

No weed killing - July 2017

Next Public Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting of the Friends group will take place in 18th September 2017 at Bank Mill House, Church Street, Great Harwood.  The starting time is yet to be determined depending on room availability at Bank Mil. Everyone welcome. Free entry and refreshments. Raffle tickets on sale. Hope to see you there!  If you are interested in joining our group or committee please ring Ian on 01254 886707 for an informal discussion. 

Railway Event 2017

Once again, Mr Bernard Bond of Ingleton has kindly offered to share his images of the Great Harwood loop line steam railway. FoMP will be hosting the event at Bank Mill House, Church Street, Great Harwood on Wednesday 1st November 2017 starting at 7:30pm.
The show will include images rarely seen by members of the public. Do you remember the summer excursions to the west coast? This is an opportunity to recall those wonderful day's out. You may even see yourself (or one of your relatives) on the platform.

Funding bid - Can you help us please?

Can you help us?
Do you have Family links to Great Harwood?
On the 2nd of October 1926 the War Memorial in Great Harwood was unveiled. This was the start of the development of the area into the Memorial Park that we know and love today. Do you remember attending this event?
The Friends of Memorial Park are working with Hyndburn Borough Councils Parks Team on the development of a funding bid to Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to the park.

Blossom Avenue

Our committee members felt that the group should in some way mark the 100 year anniversary of the first World War. Following discussions at their public Open meeting in September 2014, it was agreed to plant an avenue of blossom trees. The Council are fully supportive of the idea. The area chosen was an overgrown stretch of border below the Round wood. During September2014, members of the Parks and Open Spaces Dept kindly agreed to clear this area of the old trees and shrubs. Eleven new cherry blossom trees were planted before Christmas 2014.

Beautiful Images

One of our contibutors has sent in these beautiful images of the park and surrounding areas.. Many thanks Vaughan for sharing these with us - I wish I had taken them

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