Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, let your heart be light…


From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay

From now

Stunning images by Jennifer & Lynn at Kyte Photography.

The project team working on the HLF / Big Lottery Fund Parks for People for Cannon Hall Park & Gardens would like to

Thank you….

for your continued support over the past few months. News about the application will be announced by Mid-January 2017 so please keep your Big Lottery Fingers crossed for us.


This months blog has been  written by Becky Bargh,22, currently  studying a Masters Degree in Magazine Journalism at The University of Sheffield. 

The following piece has been used for Becky’s University Portfolio. Becky has been    looking for stories  in the area of Barnsley and absolutely loved the exhibition (being a dog lover) !

Park Life exhibition at Cannon Hall is extending its closing date due to popular demand

The success so far

Cannon Hall’s interactive exhibition Park Life will be extending its opening hours due to popular demand. Park Life opened to the public on the 10 September, and will now stay open until Sunday March 12 2017, it will become one of the longest exhibitions Cannon Hall has ever showcased

The Georgian estate, with its beautiful grounds and stunning scenery, is home to plenty of dogs and their walkers throughout the year, and the exhibition has been a prime opportunity to show off the grounds from their perspective.

With so many visitors everyday it is the perfect opportunity to show other visitors to the house who the regulars are around the park, and create a snippet into the daily routines of the dogs walking around the park. It also gives dog walkers a reason to stop by and have a look inside the house.

Credit must be given to the artists that created Park Life, James Brunt and Lena Sass, both talented artists with different perspectives, have brought this show to life. The exhibition uses interactive film, shot from a GoPro device attached to the dog, using a specially made harness safe for the dog to wear, photography and a display of material used from the grounds around Cannon Hall in order to draw attention to the parks stunning landscape.

James said: “I knew it wanted it to be natural, and almost recreating the park inside.”

Alison Cooper, the Project Officer for the exhibition, has been delighted with the positive feedback, and glad the exhibition is receiving the recognition it deserves, she said: “We’re thrilled to bits, by popular demand we’ve extended so that shows we’ve done a good job and that people have enjoyed it.

“It’s been really popular; the house is now open Thursday to Sunday (though do check the website to confirm)to give more people the opportunity to see the exhibition.”

The house also incorporated a Very Important Dogs Day event, by which they invited owners and their dogs into the house so they could have a look at the exhibition. It was one of the most popular days the house has ever seen, with over 300 visitors.

Now Cannon Hall may go on to have Very Important Dog Day’s for other exhibitions , including a trip to visit Santa for Dogs! It is hoped that dog walkers would be  able to come into the house and see the other exhibitions that are around the house. They also hope to provide a designated place for dogs to be able to stay while their owners enjoy the history of Cannon Hall through other exhibitions inside the house.

Alison added: “It’s really all about the park and to raise awareness of the recent application to HLF/ Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme to fund the restoration of the lakes and other important Georgian elements within the estate and an opportunity to celebrate our visitors to the park.”

As the project continues to thrive, so too will Cannon Hall, and ensure that it remains open to visitors for many years to come.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. And a Merry Christmas to you all.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lovely blog Alison! Merry Christmas to you all. Lynne and Jennifer 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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