Over the years there have been many changes to the Park, resulting in it falling into disrepair and suffering from neglect. The Castle was demolished in 1964, the paddling pool was filled in and grassed over in 1988, and when the Pavilion was demolished in 1998, a group of local residents formed the Friends of Beaumont Park to act as a pressure group working with Kirklees Council with a view to restoring the Park. The situation has much improved since 1998. An excellent relationship has been established with Kirklees Council and their staff and the Friends now work in cooperation with Kirklees Council to continue to improve Beaumont Park and its facilities. The Friends, or FOBP as it is often referred to, is made up of about 300 members who elect Directors/Trustees each year to administer the charity. Directors/Trustees are appointed for a period of 3 years and retire in rotation.
– FOBP works in partnership with other organisations, groups, the local Council and local people to develop our vision.
– FOBP works to safeguard the legacy of the park for our community and present and future visitors.
In this there are three distinct but linked elements:
FOBP will work towards the conservation and regeneration of the park in all its aspects e.g. history, wildlife, flora and fauna
FOBP will work:
– to ensure we continue to produce an income which will be used to maintain and develop the park infrastructure.
– with other funding agencies to secure the necessary funds to support the development of the park.
FOBP will work to:
– support the health and well-being of our community and beyond.
– encourage all of our community to use the park more fully.
– listen to and work with our community to identify their needs and how the park can contribute to meeting those needs.
– develop modern facilities in sympathy with the historical setting for the benefit of the local community
– to provide, together with local organisations, a wide range of activities for all age groups that will encourage people to use the park.
Membership & Donations
Should you wish to become a member please complete the membership application form on the Useful Links and downloads page. If you wish to make a donation please make cheques payable to Friends of Beaumont Park Ltd. If you are a UK taxpayer and would like to use the Gift Aid Scheme, please complete the gift aid form on the useful links and download page and send it to the address displayed at the bottom of this page. Membership is for life or until you chose to terminate your membership. It only costs £5 at present. The charity is limited by guarantee of the members. In the unlikely event the Friends of Beaumont Park were to fold, the maximum liability of each member is £10.
LEAVING A LEGACY
A lasting legacy, an appreciated gift, once you’ve looked after your family and friends- please REMEMBER FRIENDS OF BEAUMONT PARK in your will. You may stipulate how the money is to be used.
Trustee / Vice Chair
I have a degree in History and Politics and spent most of my working life as a Finance Manager. I also worked as a Deputy Manager (Voluntary) for Oxfam for around ten years. In my younger and fitter days, l played badminton and fenced for my local town. I help lead a Kirklees Health Walk and also a chair-based exercise class. I am also a U3A tutor running a class in World Literature.
Following secondary education, undertook a formal electrical engineering apprenticeship educated to HNC level. Has held a variety of posts within the electrical and process industries, is now the managing director of C J Connally Electrical Engineering Services Ltd, a company self-started some 25 years ago which now employs some 40 personnel involved in all aspects of electrical contracting and engineering working across the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Canada. Has experience of project management, developing new and existing contacts, along with the many varied and associated tasks of running a successful medium size business. He does, along with his wife, own and manage a portfolio of properties primarily serving the residential and commercial sector. A resident of Beaumont Park for some 20 Years and has been involved with and for Friends of Beaumont Park for which his wife was a founder member and treasurer since inception.
Qualified in landscape management and design up to masters level. I have been in the landscape and land management industry all my working life, both as a contractor and within local government. I have worked for Kirklees since 1998, and presently manage the parks and green space service.
I graduated with a BSc and started my working life as a Computer Programmer. After moving on to selling PCs and supporting users, I worked for Boeing Computer Services as a sales woman. I stopped work to have my 2 children but then trained as a primary school teacher. I completed a Master’s Degree focused on the management of change in education and have just retired from my second headship. I have lived very close to the park for over 22 years and often walk my collie there.
Nevil Hall has held main board director roles of local manufacturing companies for over 20 years, the last 10 as managing director, and previously as Finance & IT Director. He has good knowledge of financial systems and procedures, producing management information and statutory documentation, and of corporate governance.
After graduating I became a textile chemist, working for a large mail order company. In the late 80’s I became the quality manager for Great Universal Stores and lead auditor for our BSI registration. I joined Manchester Training & Enterprise Council in 1993, becoming heavily involved in government funded training and regeneration projects. I was seconded to Manchester City Council as part of the team that secured and project managed the Commonwealth Games that were held in 2002. Leaving Manchester behind I went to work for the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, project managing regeneration and employment programmes in former Coalfield communities across Yorkshire, East Midlands and the North East. Made redundant in 2013, I now work as a self employed craft’s person, teaching on the Prince’s Trust programme on an ad hoc basis.
A graduate of Durham University with an honours degree in Dental Surgery. I moved to Beaumont Park soon after qualifying and have lived close to the Park ever since. For 34 years, I was in general dental practice in the Colne Valley in partnership with my wife, Karen, equally qualified. During this period I held part-time appointments at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in maxilllo-facial surgery and in orthodontics. As Secretary to the Local Dental Committee and member of the Primary Care Trust Performance Advisory Group I was heavily involved in pastoral care and complaints handling. Retiring in 2012 gave me the chance to obtain the necessary qualifications to teach duplicate bridge, doing so at Brighouse Bridge Club.
On leaving School at 15. did a 7 year apprenticeship as a Bookbinder. At 25 was working as a Bindery Manager at a large Printing company in Leeds and had responsibility for 60 staff. Moved in 1975 to an in-house printing business as Manager. The company was sold to a consortium and I became Production Director. In 1983 I was made redundant, and I set up a Gateaux business. In charge of my own destiny, I then along with my partner Julie, set up 4 cafés in the Halifax and Keighley area. We had 25 very successful years and as we reached 60 we sold the businesses but retained the properties which we now manage, along with all the problems that tenants bring.
I completed an electrical apprenticeship and attained an Electrical Installation Full Technological Certificate. I then worked for Royal Mail as part of a multi-skilled team of engineers. I gained additional skills maintaining their buildings and mechanised sorting equipment and became qualified in gas maintenance (Corgi registered), lift maintenance and NVQ assessor before retiring after 32 years as a Shift Maintenance Team Leader. In recent years I volunteered to carry out work for FOBP and became more involved and then took on the role as Maintenance Co-ordinator.
Trustee / Hon Treasurer
I qualified as a chartered accountant with local firm Revell Ward in 1983, working on accounts preparation, tax and audit for local businesses. I then worked for Kirklees Council for almost 30 years, mostly running a small team which oversaw the corporate financial systems, including training, revising procedures, automation and running projects. I retired in May 2014. I now work part-time as a director/administrator at Castle Hill School and its multi-academy trust. I’m treasurer of Crosland Moor community shop and check the accounts for two churches. I also play piano, accompanying various choirs and soloists for concerts and exams.