Friends

Friends of Locke Park (FOLP) consists of volunteers interested in preserving the heritage of Locke Park and in improving the Park and its facilities for everyone.

Members of the Friends group get involved with fund raising, organising activities in Locke Park, and undertaking voluntary work here.

Our events include a Classic Car event, Summer Gala and activities for the community at Christmas and Easter. More information on our events page.

The Friends in normal circumstances meet on the first Tuesday of each month, in the evening from 6 to 8 o’clock, at the Locke Park Café. If you are interested please join us.

Friends of Locke Park was formed as a community association in 2002. We have worked since then to improve Locke Park.

Friends of Locke Park was registered as an incorporated charity in 2016.

Bids for funds have been made; experts have given their advice and drawn up ambitious plans; everyone has been asked for their views; some bids have been successful and, with money from gifts, donations and fund raising activities, improvements have been brought about.

Although FOLP has been opening Locke Park Tower to the public each month, we are continuing to raise funds to carry out the full restoration of the Tower together with improvements to the park for future generations to experience and to enjoy.

Friends of Locke Park are working with Barnsley Council Parks Team on a bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for improvements to Locke Park.

This will be the first part of a longer term plan to preserve Locke Park’s heritage, improve its environment and facilities, and make it an even better place to visit.

If you would like to join Friends of Locke Park please get in touch.
Email us at info@friendsoflockepark.org.uk or talk to volunteers in the park.

What has FoLP done for Locke Park?

Play Area in Locke Park
With grants from WREN and National Lottery, children are able to have fun at Locke Park’s £250,000 railway themed play area, opened by FoLP in 2008.

“The play area for kids is great and the café is a fantastic bonus as you can sit and chill on the benches whilst the kids play.” TripAdvisor July 2013

Opening of Tower after decades
Funds raised by FoLP with development money from Barnsley council, enabled FoLP to open up Locke Park Tower in 2013. It was last open in the 1980s.

Locke Park Tower – an iconic Barnsley landmark

FoLP open Locke Park Tower to visit on the first Sunday afternoon of each month.

Locke Park parkrun and junior parkrun
Money raised by FOLP helped set up the weekly parkrun for adults in 2011.

Supported by Public Health, FoLP helped set up the junior parkrun in 2014.

Both parkruns have been very popular.

We asked lots of people what they wanted and a multi-use games area and play and fitness equipment for older children and young people came top of the list.

These are now being well used in Locke Park. The former was funded from section 106 money and the latter from ward alliance funding.

Our volunteers are active three days a week in the park, gardening and cleaning and painting benches and facilities.

As well as organising our popular events, and opening Locke Park Tower each month, in 2017 FOLP created a further wildflower area as well as planting daffodils, bluebells and other bulbs. We also installed a defibrillator with a donation and the support of the parkrunners. We raised money for cleaning the statue of Joseph Locke in 2018 and in 2019 brought the Lions back to the park.

We now need further help and funding for:
# more seating and picnic benches;
# more planting
# tidying and sprucing up parts of the park
# further restoration of the Tower, bandstand and other heritage features
# other things for people to do and enjoy.

Please get in touch if you can help.