Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sedgley Morris Dancers in the park

What a wonderful way to spend a lovely sunny summer evening, watching and listening to the Sedgley Morris Men in Priory Park, and what a pity there weren't more there to enjoy it.

There is a link to some of the still photos from the evening HERE, and there is now a 6 minute video on YouTube HERE.

Below, just one shot of the performers ...

... and the whole group, plus A N Other outside the Pavilion.

And if you missed this, they are performing again in the morning of Saturday 19th July at the Open Day at Ashwood Nurseries.

Morris Men and Bowls

Don't forget the Sedgley Morris Men will be performing in the park this (17 July 2014) evening at 8:00pm. I've seen them at other locations, so I'm sure you will enjoy the event if you can get there.

Also, on a 'traditional' theme, you might like to look at today's BBC web site about bowls

... we now have a Bowling Green again in the Park, though as yet for reasons I don't understand, it has not been used seriously yet, but I'm sure there are many who would like to see it in use.

Friday, July 11, 2014

BC In Motion

I went up to the Pavilion around lunchtime today, just to collect a folder I had left behind on Wednesday, and found lots of activity, including two local mayors in attendance and Ian Austin MP, promoting BCInMotion (A Sport England funded programme aiming to get inactive people doing sport)! You can follow the project on Twitter (HERE), and no doubt elsewhere too. It's great to see the Park being used for other things like this - I wish I had known about it though, so that I could have gone prepared - I only had my iPhone with me, and missed most of the action.

There is lots happening locally over the weekend regarding the Black Country, particularly at the Black Country Living Museum and on Saturday at the Dudley Archive (the new building next to the BCLM) -  don't miss it! And the Black Country Day is actually on Monday. You can see the logo/flag on the extreme right of the photo above - apparently flags, stickers etc are running out, so get one while you can! For those into facts, the flag illustrates how the Black Country was famously described as 'black by day and red by night', with chain making a major industry, and of course the glass cone.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Morris Men coming to the Park in July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AGM Photography

Ashley Bott, a new Friend of Priory Park, supported the Committee for our AGM. Ashley designed the event programme and attended on the day to take photographs. If you would like to see more of his pictures from the event, click HERE to view them - click on a small thumbnail to see a larger version of a picture. He is a pleasure to have as part of the team. If you would like to see the depth of his talent or contact him direct (he is available for commissioned pieces of work!) go to

Picnic in the Park

Don't forget that the Picnic in the Park now takes place on 28th June between 11:00am and 2:00pm. The weather on the original date was dreadful, resulting in it having to be cancelled, but at present the forecast for 28th is much more promising.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

AGM 2014

We have now set up a new web page where you can find the program for the event on 21 June, with the short-form report by the Chair and the Treasurer's Report, together with the full version of the Chair's report. There is also a link to a slideshow of some photographs taken during the event. The minutes and other information will also be available there later You can access this new page HERE.

PS: Comments from those attending the meeting have now been added.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flora and Fauna Drawing Competiton Results

The Friends of Priory Park in partnership with Priory Primary School have been running a drawing competition. The children have been encouraged to visit the park and draw their favourite Flora or Fauna. We received 95 entries. The winners were officially announced at the AGM today, and the winners and runners-up were presented with certificates by the Mayor Councillor Margaret Aston, and also gift packs courtesy of Tesco. The competition was split into 3 age categories, and the winners were as follows:-

Ruqaya Khalid
Callum Lee Bassett
Cain Seymour

Runners up
Jack Probert
Laiyba Khalid
Lindsey Elcock

Many thanks to all who took part, and to Priory Primary Schools for their help with the competition.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held this afternoon (21 June), and was very well attended and very successful. More news and pictures will be posted here soon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Central Avenue

The central avenue at the north end of the park, leading to and from the Pavilion, is looking superb at present, with roses in bloom and the trees are a wonderful colour and shape.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Competition Winners to be announced at our AGM on Saturday 21 June 2014, 2pm Priory Park Pavilion

We had an outstanding response to our recent drawing competition!

95 children from Priory Primary School entered, after visiting the Park to draw their favourite Flora and Fauna. We have had some fabulous pictures - thank you to everyone who joined in.

Entries were separated into age categories, and the judges had a difficult task choosing 3 winners and 3 runners up. The winners will be awarded their certificates and prizes by the Mayor, Cllr Margaret Aston. Come along and share this special moment with these talented young artists - Saturday 21st June, 2pm in the Pavilion in Priory Park.
Below: the original invitation to enter the competition.
PS: Don't forget the AGM itself on 21st June, and the other things going on in the Park that day.

Your webmaster adds that, if I have permission to do so, I would like to put some of the winning pictures on this web site after the event.

Monday, June 09, 2014

FoPP AGM on 21st June

Friday, June 06, 2014


Due to the extremely bad weather which is being forecast for Saturday 7th June the decision  has been made to postpone the picnic event in the Park that day. The event has now been rescheduled for 28th June.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Picnic in the Park 7th June POSTPONED

Due to the very bad weather which is expected on 7th of June this event is being postponed - the new date will be 28th June.

Don't forget the Picnic in the Park event on Saturday 7th June, between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Bring your own picnic lunch, your friends, your family, your neighbours, and of course a picnic rug (and an umbrella and waterproofs might be advisable if the weather is against us). There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, outdoor games, music, arts & crafts, animals from Dudley Zoo, refreshments and more.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introduction to gardening skills course

Today was the first day of this course, which will be taking place every Wednesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for the next few weeks, except for next week (ie not 28th May). We had an excellent day, and some of those taking part are shown in the photo below. There are still some vacancies on the course available if anyone would like to join us - the next session is on 4th June, as holidays mean that we have a day off on 28th May!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Half Term Activities

Here is some news from Lydia of what will be happening over the half-term holiday period.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Gardening Courses

The new course "Introduction to gardening skills" begins on Wednesday 21st May at 1:00pm in the Pavilion and running over 10 weeks. 
Meanwhile the first session of the course on "Urban food growing" started on Saturday 17th, and was very successful, and we are all looking forward to the next session.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Urban Food Growing Course reminder

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Exciting new Gardening events in the Park

I've just received an email from Senior Park Ranger Lydia Allt about two new gardening courses which are going to run in the park in the near future. I'm certainly be going to these myself, and as I imagine they will be VERY popular, make sure you book a place as soon as possible!

I'm posting the information below - please contact Lydia to book a place.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May Day Plant and Cake  Sale


Despite reasonable weather and much hard work by a group of loyal Friends, a poor turnout somwhat marred our Holiday Monday event.Nevertheless a reasonable amount of money was raised for our funds and perhaps next time more extensive and targeted advertising would improve things considerably. Thanks again to all who took part.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Medieval tile making

One of the several very successful activities organised in the park over Easter by the rangers and others was medieval tile making. There were two sessions on Thursday 24th April, both of which were full, and everyone enjoyed the experience - both the children and the accompanying adults. Many thanks to Karen Slade who ran both the sessions.

Some more pictures from the event will appear on the new web page "Art in the Park" - when I get round to producing it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Volunteer gardening team

Park Ranger Mark with two members of the Saturday volunteer gardening team in Priory Park.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter bunnies

I went to the Pavilion today to photograph some of the paintings of the park for the 'Art in the Park' web page I'm working on. The weather was wonderful, and I have never seen more people enjoying the park except when there is a special event on, and the Pavilion was full of children obviously enjoying one of the many Easter Holiday activities. The organisers are to be congratulated for running such a popular event - in fact they were expecting to have to run it a second (unplanned) time later in the day as it was very over-subscribed! The theme was 'Easter bunny crafts' - not what I had intended to photograph, but I already planned to include a section in the new web page on recent art and craft activities, so this fitted in very well with that.

There are several more special events over the Easter Holiday, including 'Herb collection in a pot', 'Edible planting pots', an 'All new Easter egg hunt', 'Fun with fish', 'Knights and dragons' on St George's day, and 'Medieval tile making' (not limited to children!). You should be able to find more information on these other events elsewhere on the web site - we hope to see you at some (or all) of them.

Thanks again to all those involved in running what seemed to be a hugely successful event.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wildflowers in the Park

These snakes head fritillaries are in flower in the park at present. They are quire rare nowadays, so it is a real privilege to have some here in the park.  They flowered for the first time last year, but are much more impressive this year. Enjoy them as they are, and please try to avoid damaging them - they should be there to be enjoyed by all.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Easter activities in the park

There are lots of activities organised by the Park Rangers going on in the park over the Easter period. Here is a list, kindly supplied by Lydia, the Senior Park Ranger.

Easter bunny crafts
Tuesday 15 April, 1.30-3pm
Come and join us for this Easter bunny themed session where we will be making a variety of art and craft items for you to take home.

Herb Collection in a pot
Wednesday 16 April, 1-2.30pm
Potting workshop of plug plants for all the family to get involved. Pots will be provided and you can bring* a small container from home to pot up. Egg prize given for the best. Suitable for children of all ages. This session is run by Growing Opportunities – Ideal for all.

All new Easter egg hunt
Thursday 17 April, 10.30am-12pm
The rangers have devised an all new egg-citing Easter egg hunt around the park for the whole family to join in.

Edible planting pots
Tuesday 22 April, 1-2.30pm
Potting workshop of plug plants for all the family to get involved. Pots will be provided and you can bring a small container from home to pot up. Egg prize given for the best. Suitable for children of all ages. This session is run by Growing Opportunities – Ideal for all. *Visit their Facebook for ideas on containers.

Knights and dragons
Wednesday 23 April, 10.30am-12noon
Today is St Georges Day so what better way to celebrate with a variety of knight and dragon themed crafts and activities to keep the children entertained. 

Fun with fish
Saturday 19 April, 2-3.30pm
This art and craft session is themed around fish and fishing. Come and make yourself a model fish and also learn to use a rod and line.

Medieval tile making
Thursday 24 April, 11am-12.30pm  and 1.30-3pm
Our medieval tile expert Karen Slade will be here to run these two tiles making sessions for families. You will get to make your own tile to take home and also learn a little about the history of the medieval tiles found in Priory Park. Open to all ages. Booking is essential on 01384-812474.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wedding Exhibition at Priory Hall

When I went for a walk in the park this morning (15 March) I wasn't aware of the exhibition at the Hall, so it came as a surprise to see all the cars and other activity going on there. The weather was excellent for the event as well.

Friday, March 14, 2014

RIP Pepper, 1999-2014

Pepper was a regular member of the Wednesday Walking Group on the park until very recently, and will be much missed by everyone.

Priory Park Through Time

Saturday 15 March 2014, 2:00pm
Come and take a look at the historic artwork and photographs of the park showing how it has changed since the 1150s when the Priory of St James was built, through to the park we see today.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Crocus Glade

The magnificent display of crocuses (croci ?) in the Glade never ceases to amaze every visitor to the Park and invites numerous photographers to capture the essence of the display.The problem year on year is to come up with a new take, but last years renovations, including new gates to the Broadway entrance, offers distinct possibilities.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ghost Busters!

Are there ghosts in Priory Hall? There are stories of ghosts in the Castle, and perhaps even the Priory, but I've never heard of any in the Hall. I was walking back home when I unexpectedly encountered this scene, which was being shot by the press to promote wedding services and the Hall as a location for wedding ceremonies. My thanks to those involved for allowing me to gate-crash. Alan Finch, the current mayor of Dudley, is also the local councillor, and he works tirelessly for Dudley and the area, and he was Chairman of FoPP before he became mayor, so particular thanks to him for all the good work he has done, and continues to do on our behalf. In the background is the A-Team van.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Half Term activities in the Park

The Rangers have a lot of activities planned for the half-term holiday period - please do look at the previous post about the Stag and Doe competition as well! Here is a list of what will be happening:

Family activities coming up at Priory Park this February half term:
Nest Box Building      
Wednesday 19 February
It’s National Nest Box Week and we will once again be offering the opportunity to build and decorate your own bird box to take home and hang in your garden. Bird box kits are limited so please book your place on 01384-812474, there are just a few places left so call now!
Medieval Madness
Thursday 20 February
A fun session of themed crafts centered around the times when Monks lived in the Priory. Suitable for all ages. No need to book, just turn up.
Recycled art
Friday 21 February
Get crafty with items of junk that would normally just be thrown away. If you have any clean food containers (such as cereal boxes or egg boxes) please bring them along. No need to book, just turn up.
For information:
All activities meet at the pavilion (near the tennis courts). Priory Road, Dudley DY1 4EU
Children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult for all of our activities.
For more information contact Priory Park Rangers – 01384-812474

FoPP is also planning some other activities for later in the year - watch this space for an update when we have finalised the dates and other details!

Looking for other things to do during half-term?

Nothing to do with Priory Park, but personally can I suggest some other locations nearby you might find worth a visit during this half-term holiday, weather permitting (both charge for entry though):

1. The Black Country Living Museum - a great place to visit, and although opening hours are reduced during the first months of the year, I'm assured it will be open every day during half term (unless weather conditions make it unsafe).

2. Dudley Zoo and Castle - it is not the best time of year to visit, as the animals don't like the bad weather either! But there are a lot of new animals to see, and lots of superb new signs on the enclosures - fabulous photos!

Oh, and don't forget the Canal Trust - you will be underground most of the time, so rain isn't a problem (though of course if the water has frozen, the boats can't get out!).

Stag and Doe competition

From next Tuesday (18th February 2014) a new competition is being launched on the Park relating to the excellent sculptures at the Woodland Avenue entrance to the Park - the Stag and Doe. The timing of course is to coincide with half-term! It should be fun, but we also hope that the publicity will help to secure funding for a new feature in the Park. There is a prize for the winner of the competition too.

For full details, please see the Press Release - an entry form is available at the Pavilion, or you can download it from here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Half Term

You can find out more about what will be happening on Priory Park at Half Term here:

These aren't events for which FoPP claims any credit, but are great events organised on the park by DBMC and the Rangers.

We expect to have updates for events which FoPP has contributed to to REAL SOON NOW.