Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre is manned by FoSI volunteers and is usually open on Wednesdays 11.00am-1.30pm and Saturdays 11.00am-2.00pm

Here are some of the pictures taken when our visitor centre was opened

Saturday 6thOctober 2012 – the big day

The big event was the official opening of the new visitor centre and herb garden. The guest of honour was Michael Ferrand, head of the family that owned St Ives from 1636 to 1928 and built most of the estate that we see today. The deputy lord mayor and deputy lady mayoress of Bradford introduced Michael, who gave a short speech before cutting the ribbon to the new centre and unveiling a brass plaque to commemorate the occasion. Michael Ferrand was accompanied by his wife Ariele and daughter Victoria. We were also very pleased to welcome David Ferrand, his wife Bettine and daughter Flora. The work on the centre and herb garden was financed by part of a large grant from WREN (a non-profit making Environmental Body that distributes Landfill Tax Credits), so we were particularly pleased that Peter Cox, the managing director of WREN, was able to attend our opening.

In the golf club before the opening. From left to right: 
John Rhodes – Secretary to Friends of St Ives
David Ferrand 
Kath Gabbitas – Then Membership secretary to Friends of St Ives
Peter Cox – Managing Director of WREN 
Pam Laking – Chair to Friends of St Ives 
Mike Gibbons – Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford 
Liz Sharp – Deputy Lady Mayoress of Bradford 
Michael Ferrand – Guest of honour 
Susan Hart – Then Treasurer to Friends of St Ives

Photograph by Kath Gabbitas

Inside the new centre. From left to right:
Bettine Ferrand 
Daughter Flora 
David Ferrand 
Ariele Ferrand 
Daughter Victoria 
Michael Ferrand 
Mike Gibbons – Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford 
Liz Sharp – Deputy Lady Mayoress of Bradford

Photograph by Kath Gabbitas

Michael Ferrand cuts the ribbon to open the new centre.

Photograph by Kath Gabbitas

Michael Ferrand uncovers the commemorative plaque on the wall of the new centre.


David Ferrand

Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford Mike Gibbons

Deputy Mayoress of Bradford Liz Sharp

Guests signing the visitor book in the visitor centre,

Photographs by Kath Gabbitas

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