Historic Rhyddings Park in Oswaldtwistle was officially reopened by Hyndburn’s Mayor, Cllr June Harrison, on 19 May 2019, one hundred and ten years after it was first gifted to the people of Oswaldtwistle.
Crowds flocked to the park throughout the day to see its £2m transformation and to take part in one of the many family friendly events taking place, or to enjoy the food and drink in the popular Coach House café.
The park has entered an exciting new era, after The Friends of Rhyddings Park, a group of brilliant local volunteers, took on the lease of the old Coach House and opened a café there to build on their hugely successful run of events. Lots of people took part in the range of activities on offer on the reopening day, trying out Zen Yoga, Kids Photography sessions, Arts and Crafts activities, traditional games and a sensory trail.
The Mayor, Cllr June Harrison, paid tribute to the work of the Friends of Rhyddings Park saying;
“Rhyddings Park is already very much a park alive with a whole host of family fun events and activities and the ever popular Coach House café is buzzing. All this is only made possible by the hard work and dedication of the many local people who give their time and energy so freely with the ethos that’s its run by the community, for the community.”
The Friends of Rhyddings Park have done a brilliant job to put on so many different activities and events for the local community and the reopening is a chance for even more visitors to see the park and take part in the many activities. Everyone is welcome and a huge thanks goes to Ann Warrington and the other volunteers associated with Friends of Rhyddings Park for all they have done for the Park and the reopening event.”
Ann Warrington, Chair of the Friends of Rhyddings Park, said;
“The level of support we have received from the local community, since our unofficial opening last August has been absolutely amazing. The café is doing well and we now have so many events on offer from yoga to wizarding workshops.”
Cllr Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Council, said;
“It’s a real pleasure to be part of the official reopening of Rhyddings Park today after the extensive refurbishment work, funded principally by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has breathed new life into this much loved historic park.”
The kitchen garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables for the Coach House café. Peter Jordan, Director at Newground Together said; “The park is now flourishing. We have two members of staff here in the new kitchen garden providing training for local people in horticulture and growing food in this restored kitchen garden.”
Tiffany Hunt of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said;
“This has been a very strong partnership project. I’m sure it’s a project which will be valued and enjoyed by the local community for many years to come.”
The Mayor, Cllr Harrison, concluded;
“I would like to thank all the partners involved and the outstanding work they have done to make the refurbishment of the park possible, the Friends of Rhyddings Park, Newground Together, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Hyndburn Arts, Lancashire County Council and Hyndburn Council.”
See the pictures of the reopening event on the Council’s Facebook page.
For more information about Rhyddings Park and the fabulous range of events there, check out the Friends of Rhyddings Park website or Facebook page.