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Mindfulness In The park

Parks and green spaces have been the saving grace for a lot of people during the current crisis. Sandall Park has always provided the open space needed sometimes to literally ‘have some space’ and enjoy the fresh air.

Over the years we’ve encouraged fitness in the park with all our trails and fitness equipment, lately though we’ve directed our attention on trying to promote mental health – also aided by physical exercise. The creation of the Quiet Garden we hope has gone some way towards this, focusing on Mental Health Awareness.
We have taken this one stage further in the development of Mindfulness in the park. There is now a dedicated page for this under Facilities on this website. Look under facilities at the top of this page. We will follow this up in due course with a leaflet for those who don’t use the internet.


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Eat out to Help out!

Fantastic News! The park cafe is participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
You get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner), every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August. You can eat as many times as you like!
Can’t afford not to! Come on down (and if you’ve done some exercise in the park you’ll be ready for something to eat).

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We are sorry to report that next months Pirates and Princesses Fun Day has had to be cancelled to the continuing Covid 19 pandemic.  It will be rescheduled for 2021.


11AM – 4PM –  Thursday 13th AUGUST  2020

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The Caring Hands Sculpture will have a Rainbow of Coloured Stones and a circle of the decorated stones that people are sending in to us around its base.

We’ve been successful in getting a grant but the deadline for expenditure is 31st July.

Planning Permission looks favourable, but it has to go to public consultation which will conclude after the expiry date for the funding. So we’re going to take a chance that there will be no objections and buy all the components before the public consultation ends.

If it looks like there’s going to be a lot of objections then we may have to rethink the plan. This page usually gives us a good indication of how things are being received, so we welcome your thoughts.


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Park Coming Back to Life!

Following the closure of all the park facilities due to the Covid 19 pandemic we are delighted that the park cafe and toilets are now open, but please be aware that there are new systems in place to ensure everyones safety.

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Toilets set to Open……..

I had a meeting today with council leaders with a view to having the toilets opened. They requested the meeting so we could look at options.

There was lots to discuss and it’s still not a foregone conclusion, but I’m hopeful the systems we talked about could work if people adhere to the rules and are sensible about it. Lives do after all, depend on it.

If it turns out it’s not going to work then they will probably be closed again (assuming we can get them open in the first place).
A concession from us is that FoSP will purchase and stock Touchless hand sanitisers for the entrance to each toilet block.
The outer door will become the ‘toilet door’ so it will be a one in one out system, with social distancing for the queues outside. The disabled toilet is self regulating as one in one out.
There will be plenty of signage reminding people to sanitise and wash hands before leaving.

The baby change will remain closed for the foreseeable future as it’s cleanliness cannot be guaranteed – and who would want to risk the health of their baby? This was my suggestion and they agreed.
As before, the council will open and clean the toilets and the cafe staff will lock them up in the afternoon as they close.
I expect there will be a lot of complaints like “one toilet isn’t enough” and the like but the situation doesn’t allow for full useage.
So unless anyone wants to volunteer to staff the toilets on a daily basis and ensure one in one out, this is what we’ve got to work with. It’s better than no toilets at all. Isn’t it?
We are aiming for 4th July when everything else opens but if there’s any change, we’ll keep you updated.
We’re doing our best for you, and the council will work hard on it too.

Sandra (Chairman)

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