Friends of Locke Park

Some Friends of Locke Park at recent Locke Park events - setting things up, getting things going and finally chilling out.

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The Friends of Locke Park was formed as a community association in 2002. It is a group made up of volunteers., who have worked since then to improve Locke Park. It is now registered as a charity


Bids for funds have been made; experts have given their advice and drawn up ambitious plans; everyone has been asked for their views; some bids have been successful and, with money from gifts, donations and fund raising activities, improvements have been brought about:


Although the Locke Park Tower is now re-opened to the public, the Friends of Locke Park are continuing to raise funds to carry out the full restoration of the Tower together with improvements to the park for future generations to experience and to enjoy.

If you would like to join Friends of Locke Park please get in touch or come to one of our meetings.

Email us::  info@friends oflockepark.org.uk

If you have a picture or news for our website email us as well or contact us via  facebook or twitter.


The Friends of Locke Park AGM was held on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 6 pm at the Locke Park Café. David Allen was re-elected as chair, Peter Roberts was elected as secretary and Malcolm Price as treasurer.  They were also confirmed as trustees of Friends of Locke Park.  Anne Cherry was appointed as a trustee at a meeting of Friends of Locke Park on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

Friends of Locke Park

The Friends of Locke Park (FOLP) is a voluntary group; we are interested in preserving the heritage of Locke Park and in improving the Park and its facilities for the benefit of all who live in Barnsley or visit the area.


Members of the Friends group get involved with fund raising, organising activities in Locke Park for children, young people and adults, and undertaking voluntary work here.


Our events include a classic car event, summer gala and activities for children at Christmas and Easter.


The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of each month, in the evening from 6 to 8 o’clock, at the Locke Park Café. If you are interested please join us.

What Has FOLP done for Locke Park?

Play Area in Locke Park

With grants from the Big Lottery and WREN, children are able to have fun at Locke Park’s £250,000 railway themed play area, opened by FOLP in 2008..


“The play area for the kids is great and the café is a fantastic bonus as you can sit and chill on the benches whilst the kids play”. TripAdviser July 2013.


FOLP initially refurbished the cafe as a community facility.

Formal opening of the Tower in September 2013 by the Mayor Cllr Ken Richardson and David Allen, FOLP Chair.  

Opening of Locke Park Tower after decades

Fund raising by FOLP together with Section 106 money enabled FOLP to open up Locke Park Tower.


FOLP open Locke Park Tower for members of the public to visit on the first Sunday afternoon of each month.

Locke Park parkrun and junior parkrun

Money from FOLP and Public Health helped set up the weekly parkrun for adults and junior parkrun for children.


And … improvements to footpaths, lighting, planting, events in Locke Park, …


And in the last couple of years …

Multi-use Games Area and Fitness Equipment

We asked lots of people what they wanted and a multi-use games area and play and fitness equipment for older children and young people came top of the list.

These are now being well used in Locke Park.  The former was funded from section 106 money and the latter from ward alliance funding.


We need more help and funding for:

    # more seating and picnic benches

    # more planting including rose beds

    # tidying and sprucing up parts of the park

    # further restoration of the Tower
       and other aspects of the park

    # other things for people to do and enjoy.

Please get in touch if you can help.