- On Saturday 6th August, there’s a special open day at the miniature railway in Thornes Park. The Wakefield Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SMEE) are holding the visiting locomotives day and there’ll be the chance to ride on the visiting engines as well as Wakefield’s own locomotives. from between 11.30am to 6pm with the usual fare system. There will also be a brand new, half size Burrell traction engine and a white 1930 Jowett car restored to its former glory. What a great opportunity to see all these amazing engines – it promises to be a wonderful day. As well as this, the usual Sunday afternoon session will be running on the 7th August from 1pm onwards.
Current and previous items of news from the Friends of Chat Parks.
Wakefield School of Tennis will be resuming their free coaching in Thornes Park on Saturday 9th September 2023.
These sessions are funded by WCC Active and Inspired. Sessions are FREE to players under the age of 13 years. Sign up is required for each week you intend to attend to confirm numbers. All equipment provided and coaches are fully qualified. See you on court!
Please be aware – parent assistance / participation may be required. These sessions are aimed at beginner levels of play. Should you require anything further please ask the coach, Dwight Brown
More information can be found:
Tel: 07715 627159
The Wakefield Art Group came into the Secret Garden in June for a painting session. These are some of the results which are really lovely. This year the Secret Garden celebrates ten years since it was opened and it’s thanks to the dedication and hard work of the volunteer gardeners that we can see such lovely results now.
The planning application by Penny Appeal to change the use of the Thornes House Complex in Thornes Park from educational to primarily a Call Centre and business uses, has provoked very many (hundreds) of letters of objection. The Friends of CHaT Parks and many others believe that this proposal will be damaging to Thornes Park. Prior to their consideration of the planning application on Thursday, the members of Planning committee will be visiting the site at 10 am on Tuesday 5 July.
If you are able, please be there to show your opposition to these proposals. Meet at 10 am Tuesday morning at the entrance to the former College car park, off the Horbury Road.
Here is more information about the planning application that is going to be considered this week.
Proposal: Full planning permission for change of use from a F1 (Non-residential
institution) to a flexible Class E (offices/ café), F2 (local community use) and Sui Generis Use (Theatre)
The above planning application will be considered at the Planning and Highways Committee on 7th July 2022 commencing at 10:30am at the County
Hall, Bond Street, Wakefield, WF1 2QW.
Members of the public and applicants (or their agents), are able to speak at Planning andvHighways Committee Meetings. Normally one person representing objectors will be allowed to speak for three minutes. The applicant, agent, or one person supporting the application, will also be able to speak for three minutes, and an elected councillor for the applicable ward area. The time limits and number of individuals allowed to speak will be varied only in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Chair.
Please note that, in the case of petitions, the petition organiser (if known) or the first petition signatory will be notified by
this letter and not those people signing the petition.
The public may attend the meeting physically if they so wish or it can be viewed online.
The meeting will be broadcast live on the internet. A link to the meetings stream will be
available on the meeting agenda and through the Council’s website;
Or you can search YouTube for ‘Wakefield Council’ on the day of the meeting. The below
is a direct link to the Councils YouTube channel;
The flower beds in the Park are now all planted up. Staff from Council together with volunteers from the Friends Group worked really hard over the last four days in June to achieve another stunning display, including our tribute to the Platinum Jubilee in the form of a Jubilee crown This summer promises to see another beautiful display for us to enjoy strolling round the Park.