Friday, September 12, 2014

Freshers' Day at Dudley College

FoPP were represented at the event at Dudley College, recruiting volunteers to help us out.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Freshers' Fayre at Dudley College

The Friends of Priory Park were invited to join the Freshers Fayre at Dudley College to promote the valuable work carried out by our committee. The students queued up to find out more about what's going on in the park and about the benefits of volunteering. We signed up fifty four new members! We are hoping to appoint up to five new shadow committee members to provide fresh thinking and ideas to our present committee. Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering should text the word 'PARK' to 07790 577655
Pictured L - R Chris Rich Secretary, Gary Turton Treasurer and Mariann Harris Chairperson

Friday, August 29, 2014

Meet Jessica

As you probably know, our regular Senior Park Ranger Lydia is now on maternity leave. Here is Jessica (if you haven't met her already), who will be taking Lydia's place for the next few months.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to school crafts - 13:30 Wednesday 27th August

A new event for the school holidays - come and get crafty and make some classroom essentials ready for the start of school in September.

As always arrive early so you can guarantee a place.

For more details please email Jessica, or give her a call on the numbers below.

01384 812474
07557 323171

Dudley-by-the-Sea - in action

The Dudley-by-the Sea event was really humming this afternoon - it seem to have been very popular, and of course there is still one more day to go. The weather has been great too, though a lot colder than only a few days ago. Personally I was also pleased to see the new Black Country flag flying there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dudley By The Sea

We may be about as far from the seaside as it is possible to get in the UK, but it's the thought that counts!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Flying the (Green) flag

Following the recent achievement of a Green Flag Award, on Monday there was a photo session with the flag flying at the pavilion.

Monday, August 04, 2014

A new gardening course in Priory Park

The introductory gardening course on Wednesdays in the Pavilion over recent weeks has been very successful, and by popular request a more advanced course is now being planned. It is due to start on 24th September, and gives the opportunity to gain an RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Level 2 qualification. See the poster below for more information, or contact Senior Park Ranger Lydia Allt on 01384 812474 - booking is essential.

You can download or view the information in an alternative form using this link.

Gardening on the Wrens Nest

Our very successful Wednesday gardening course in the Pavilion is generating a spin-off project at The Wrens Nest Community Centre.

"A new gardening project is being started at the Wrens Nest Community Centre under the auspices of Open Hub. The project will have the name 'Seed and Feed', and will concentrate on growing vegetables and fruit for eating together, involving the local community. Meetings will usually be held on Wednesday mornings between 09:30 and 12:30. There is a web site at: and you can find out more and follow progress there. This project isn't directly related to the courses and other projects on Priory Park, but some of those who have taken part in the course on the Park are taking part, and as it may be of interest to Park users we are posting news about Seed and Feed here."

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Another Award for The Friends of Priory Park

The Friends of Priory Park have won the Green Spaces for Health Award for the second year running. The announcements were made on Friday 1 August at Brierley Hill Civic Centre, where volunteers from the boroughs parks enjoyed a pleasant evening socialising and sharing experiences. Matt Williams, Dudley Council's Assistant Director for Urban Environment talked about how Priory Park had continued to thrive since the Heritage Lottery Funded improvements had taken place and congratulated us on our recent Green Flag Award also. So, for Priory it's a double celebration. Mariann Harris, Chair of The Friends commented on how thrilled she was to be a part of the celebrations. Jan Nicholls and Barbara Thomas (both qualified Walk Leaders) collected the award. Other achievements for Priory included Michelle O'Meara as Sports Enthusiast, Mike Hessey for his contribution to Reporting and Bisade Asolo took the Young People's Award.

Pictured L - R, Mariann Harris, Jan Nicholls, Barbara Thomas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Green Flag Award

We have just heard that Priory Park has won a Green Flag Award! The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises the best green spaces in the country. Gaining Green Flag status involves a site visit by a judging panel and is by no means automatic, so we are delighted to have achieved this. Congratulations to all those involved in preparing the bid.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stories around the campfire

The event this evening was very successful - lots of people present, and great entertainment from story teller Sally Tonge. A few photographs from the event are below - I don't think the attempt to video the event was very successful, though I have yet to look at the recordings.

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!