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.

Next Public Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting of the Friends group will take place on Monday 1st October 2018 at Bank Mill House, Church Street, Great Harwood, starting at 7:0pm. Everyone welcome. We hope to have epresentatives from "Proffitts" at the meeting who will be able to update those attnding on the latest lottery funding bid.  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. 

Council to consult on dog ban

In 2015 the Council created a new Public Space Protection Order in line with Government legislation. Several restrictions were placed on the control of dogs.  These included the banning of dogs from childrens' play areas and bowling greens.  Also dogs must be keept on leads in the boroughs cemetarys and town centres. 

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.

Steam Railway Event 2018

By popular request, the Friends of Memorial Park are pleased to host another steam railway slideshow evening. Bernard Bond has kindly agreed to share new slides never been seen before in public alongside some of his classic pictures dating back over 60 years. This trip down memory lane will take place on Tuesday 6th November at Bank Mill House, Church Street, Great Harwood starting at 7:30pm sharp.

Railway Event 2017

Once again, Mr Bernard Bond of Ingleto kindly offered to share his images of the Great Harwood loop line steam railway. Nearly 40 enthusiasts attended the event at Bank Mill House, Church Street, Great Harwood on Wednesday 1st November 2017.
All attending were fascinated by the images dating back to 1960's and beyond.
The committee wish to thank Bernard for his continued support.

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

Allsprings Drive - a disgrace

No weed killing - July 2017

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