Play Area Volunteers are needed mostly for weekends, but if you can only help week days please still get in touch.
Dates and jobs will be posted regularly on the village notice board.
CONTACT SARAH STATT for more details 07749 71474
FUNDING APPROVED FOR REFURBISHED PLAY AREA IN RINGSFIELD
Children in Ringsfield and Weston are set to get an improved play area thanks to a £49,145.95 grant from funding body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN'S FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to refurbish the play area which was last updated in 1998. It will enable the Parish Council to purchase and install new play equipment including an activity shelter, play tower, two flat and two cradle seat swings, basket swing, wheelchair accessible roundabout, see saw and an Aerial Runway for the adjacent recreation field. But prior to this the funding will allow for the installation team to set up the site and carry out the necessary groundworks. The grant will also allow for safer grass mats to be laid where necessary and Tiger Mulch placed around the roundabout along with new turf in the play area. At the Ringsfield and Weston Village Hall.
Louise Botham Chairman of Ringsfield and Weston Parish Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.
Louise says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Ringsfield and Weston. It's fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we're really looking forward to our improved play area taking shape in the spring.”
Louise hopes the play area will be ready to use early next summer.
As part of the project we plan to lay a path alongside the edge of the current village hall car park to make access to the planned enlarged entrance gate easier and safer. As well as laying a patio area beside the gate for parking of buggy's and bicycles. Part of the north fence will be moved back to square off the play area increasing the size to allow room for the new equipment. A gate will be added to the north fence to allow access to the recreation field and the aerial runway. The turfed over mound of soil which is currently outside the north fence will remain as a feature to separate the toddler section when the fence has been moved. An entrance will be cut though the mound and the edges lined with donated tyres for the children to climb over. A grant received from the Adams Charity will allow us to purchase a wheelchair accessible picnic bench made from recycled material to go near the runway. Village residents Mr and Mrs Simister who were involved with the planning of the original play area are kindly donating us a Glasdon bench made from recycled material. The family of the late Mr Stuart Wilson, who was involved in the development of the village hall are also kindly funding a memorial bench, both will be placed inside the play area. The Parish Council greatly appreciate these donations and know they will be very popular with the adults.
The complete project is expected to cost £53,000 with WREN contributing the bulk of the money, the Parish Council would like to thank WREN for the funding, which without would have taken several years to raise. The rest of the project cost is coming from donations from both local companies and individuals along with past fundraising. Fundraising will continue, with two more indoor car boot sales already planned to take place at the village hall on Saturday 3rd and Saturday 17th March 2018.