The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Keith Orrell had a busy day when he and the rest of the Civic Party visited the Foxwood area yesterday.
First up was the unveiling of an interpretation board at the newly renamed Dickson Park (Tedder Road)
Sir William Forster Dickson had a varied RAF career which started in the First World War
The Civic Party later dropped in at the Foxwood “Hub”. This is an increasingly popular event held each Friday lunchtime at the Foxwood Community Centre. Pictured here with officers for the Foxwood Residents Association
The Lord Mayor of York will officially name a park in recognition of one of the pioneers of the RAF today.
The RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. 2018 is also the centenary of the end of World Ward 1.
The park on Tedder Road will officially be known as “Dickson Park” from 12:00 noon when the Lord Mayor will unveil an interpretation board. The board tells the story of Sir William Forster Dickson who was one of the early aviators during WW1 and who became one of the founders of the RAF. A road in Foxwood was named after him but the connection was lost some 20 years ago when the road disappeared during redevelopment work.
The link is being reestablished today.
The Civic party will also travel to the Foxwood Community Centre where they will joining in with activities at the weekly residents “hub”.
The interpretation board has been funded by voluntary donations with support from Indigo Greens estate agents.
. It forms one of a range of events taking place on the west of the City over the next couple of weeks. On 10th November volunteers will be cleaning WW1 gravestones in St Stephens churchyard while on 11th November a newly refurbished Acomb War Memorial will host a special Remembrance Day service.
Acomb War Memorial – Civic Trust notice
According to the York Civic Trust, restoration of the stonework on the Acomb War Memorial should be completed next week.
They promise, in a poster attached to the (ugly) security barriers which currently protect the monument, that their work will be completed “before the middle of October”.
They promise that a remembrance ceremony will take place on 11th November – the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. St Stephen’s Church confirm that they will be holding a service of remembrance, part of which will be held at the Acomb War Memorial on 11th November.
Progress on other commemorative work in the memorial gardens has been slow.
The Westfield Ward Committee promised to fund the provision of a path, from the entrance to the memorial, in an attempt to make access for disabled people and wheelchair users easier. The work has not yet started.
The Ward Committee also promised to fund “crown thinning” of some of the trees on the site in an attempt to encourage flower growth. Reducing the amount of vegetation would also have the effect of improving visibility into the gardens, making anti social behaviour less likely.
The Council sign – which prohibits alcohol consumption on The Green – is only just coming back into view as the leaves fall.
Sadly the rotten fence posts which were left in the gardens a few weeks ago are still there despite being reported to the council for removal.
So a lot still to do.
Dumped rotten fencing in memorial garden
Well camouflaged alcohol prohibition notice