About FoBP - Who we are and what we do

 

The Friends of Beaumont Park Ltd...

 

 .... is an incorporated charity, limited by guarantee, supporting Kirklees Council in the maintenance and regeneration of Beaumont Park.
Our objectives are
FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INHABITANTS OF HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE AND ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES FOR RECREATION AND OTHER LEISURE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE WITH THE OBJECT OF IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS OF LIFE FOR THE INHABITANTS OF THE AREA OF BENEFIT WITHOUT DISTINCTION OF SEX OR OF POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS OR OTHER OPINIONS IN PARTICULAR BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY BY THE PRESERVATION, PROMOTION, SUPPORT, ASSISTANCE AND IMPROVEMENT OF BEAUMONT PARK
The Friends of Beaumont Park Limited Registered Charity Number is 1129268, the Company Registration Number is 6834350
The Friends of Beaumont Park Registered Office is 
                    The Depot,
                    Beaumont Park, 
                    Huddersfield.
                    HD4 7AY
            Telephone: -       01484 645217
            Email: -               friends@fobp.co.uk
            Website: -          www.fobp.co.uk
Formation
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 and 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 450 members who elect Directors and Trustees each year to administer the charity. Directors and Trustees are appointed for a period of 3 years and retire in rotation.
 
Our Aims
- 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:
The Park:
FoBP will work towards the conservation and regeneration of the park in all its aspects e.g. history, wildlife, flora and fauna
Funding:
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.
Community
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.
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MEMBERSHIP AND 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 above.
Membership is for life or when 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 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.
 
About The Friends of Beaumont Park
FoBP work with Kirklees Council out and about in the Park
Park Maintenance
FoBP works on a regularly-reviewed action plan for maintenance of the Park, resulting in steps being repaired, various paths being resurfaced, additional litter bins provided and new benches installed. Green Flag Status was given in July 2011.
Park Restoration
Since its opening in 1883, Beaumont Park has seen many changes.  The Friends continue to work closely with Kirklees Council to regenerate the Park and restore it to its former glory.  Find out more about the Park's History and Heritage, and our Restoration Projects.
Park Promotion and Awareness
We have obtained funding from Heritage Lottery to work on signage and to promote the Park through publicity, the production of leaflets and this website.  In 2012 we were awarded another Heritage Lottery grant to clear the old railway track of years of vegetation and trees, the local schools are being trained in Forest School techniques, the history of the railway line is being researched and the Butternab lower entrance will be improved.
Events
Each year the 'Friends' organises a programme of events, the main ones being the Gala in July and Heritage Day in September, which attract a large number of visitors to the Park. Also included in the programme are regular band concerts, Easter activities and a Christmas Carol concert.  Find out what's happening with our events on the Calendar and Events page or the Calendar.
Visitor Centre
In 2003 a Visitor Centre was provided by Kirklees Council, situated near the main entrance and officially opened by Sir John Harman, then chairman of the Environment Agency. In 2007 we improved the Visitor Centre with money from the Community Chest (sponsored by Cummins Turbo Technologies) and Awards for All. In 2012 the old visitor centre was replaced by one twice the size due to lack of space and increase in the number of visitors.
The Visitor Centre is open on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year (Saturdays in July and August) for teas , coffee and homemade cakes organised by 'Friends' volunteers. Monies raised are used for the continued restoration of the park and additional income is generated by hiring out the Centre to a variety of FoBP and other community groups.
The visitor centre is available for hire for small parties and meetings.
 
Kirklees Staff
Kirklees Council Senior Gardener, John Mason works and coordinates the gardening activities in the park with the FoBP volunteers, providing one of the most attractive parks in the area. The Park would not look as fantastic as it does without John's hard work and dedication.
 
Friends of Beaumont Park Administration
The Directors and Trustees oversee the administration of the Friends of Beaumont Park Charity with elected officers to head the mainfunctions. However, the day to day running of the various aspects are undertaken by coordinators and their respective sub committtees. Look on the next page to meet these teams and see who does what.
Complaints and Compliments
Complaints and compliments about the park can be recorded in the visitor book in the visitor centre or telephone Kirklees Council Street Scene 01484 414700 or see website http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/
BEAUMONT PARK BOOK
A book written by John Pearson about Beaumont Parks features music and people. However all copies of the book have now been sold, although one may be viewed at the Visitor Centre for reference purposes.

      Beaumont Park Book