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Seeing is Believing…..

Sandall Park has once again been the host for a tour by visiting interested parties. Namely a contingent from several parks in Barnsley, led by Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks ambassador Nigel Sharp.

AwardA presentation, professionally presented as always by Don Crabtree, followed up by a tour of the park as part of the ‘Seeing is Believing’ Initiative, finished off with an informal chat and a superb buffet prepared by Ron and Jean Ketley, ably assisted by Janet (our thanks to them for food fit for a Queen).

Representing the Friends of Sandall Park and Doncaster GreenSpace Network, it was a classic example of what Networking is about. So we thank our visitors for travelling across the border to Doncaster, and we look forward to the reciprocal tour (we hope they got back before the borders closed and their passports were up to date).

FoSP are proud to be announced the first park and group to be awarded an Active Group Love Parks plaque and certificate.



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Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou….

Just when volunteers feel a bit ‘down’ after a setback in the park – the good people in the park come up trumps!

Wheatley HotelNo sooner did we report the damage to the noticeboard than the Wheatley Hotel and several other individuals donated money to have the repairs carried out.

So a huge thankyou to everyone who has made a donation to repair the noticeboard.

Sort of makes it all worthwhile again……….


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Park Noticeboard Damaged

We’ve gone almost 7 years without any damage at all in the park – which is in itself pretty impressive – so it is a shame that we have had one of our main noticeboards damaged overnight.

noticeboards 02_14It looks like the perspex has been attacked with a hammer or a powerful BB gun.

The good news is that after reporting the incident on Facebook several people have made donations for the repairs to be carried out.

It restores your faith in human nature  at a time when volunteers are asking themselves “Is it worth the effort”. A huge thankyou to those who have made kind donations as well as plenty of messages of support.


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Don’t Nick the Daffs!

Looks like it’s going to be a good show of daffs this year – they don’t grow naturally in the park…… we planted them for everyone to enjoy.

DaffodilsWe would like everyone to show some restraint and don’t let youngsters pick them please.

Also have you noticed the plants growing alongside Thorne Road in the wooded area near the playground? These were all planted by youngsters last year on the ‘Planting with Plevey’s’ day. If your youngster took part in the day (there were a lot) take them to have a look at the results their labours………


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Bouncy Castles in the Park

Bouncy castles will be in the park starting Saturday 28th March.

P1030397They will be there daily (depending on the weather) for the full school holiday period.

It is planned that the bouncy castles will be in the park throughout the summer – again depending on the weather. For up-to-date information you can follow us on Facebook.


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Community Clear Up Day

A brilliant turnout for the Community Clear up day in the park with an appearance from Rosie Winterton MP.

Great team work between FoSP and the newly formed Sandall Park Angling Club – producing sacks full of litter and rubbish.

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