Who are the VYFWBP?

We are a friendly community group, run by parents, who meet every Thursday morning in West Bank Park, York. Whatever the weather, school hols included, we spend a couple of hours in the woods and meadows of the Park, doing nature games and crafts, building or making things with materials we find, telling stories and singing songs.

We are open to all - with a contribution of £1 a family (to cover basic equipment) - so if you want to join us, see you on Thursday at 10am at the statue of Queen Victoria, at the top of the Rose Walk. (Bring something simple to share at snack time.)

For more information contact Elly at: westbankparkkids@gmail.com

Sunday, 29 June 2014


So more than 2000 people came to the West Bank Park Summer Fair today.....twice as many as last year. They must have heard about the Young Friends fabulous craft tent (see picture) where Jen, Ruby, Penny, Hanzza and Tanya turned hundreds of children into pirates and fairies with their magic wands...and quite a lot of paper and glue...transformed a dull old beech into The Tree of Local Life and made a bit of bunting too. Over in our Story Tent, I chucked glitter about and warmed up the audience for the real stars:  Nettlefoot Kate (Catherine H!), the lovely Lara and fabulous Phil and his slightly naughty puppets.

We are prepared to admit the Bouncy Castle, Mini railway, Morris Dancers, climbing wall, ice creams and community stalls - oh and the face painting, thanks Carolyn! - had something to do with the record number of visitors too, but the best thing about it is that everyone got to experience our beautiful park at its best, all have an e mail to get in touch if they want to support us, and we made rather a lot of money to put towards the park and next year's bash.

Thank you so much to everyone who came to help, join in or simply anyone who comes to our Young Friends group as your £1 s paid for the crafts and story tent and by turning up each week,  we can keep going, rain and shine, helping our beautiful babies grow up to realise how much fun it can be to make soup out of twigs and sit in a tree and sing.

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Our beloved Queen Victoria

Our beloved Queen Victoria
We sometimes bow to her before we set off into the woods!