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Playscape News – April 2017 Newsletter

SSYI & Playscape working on the wilder side Meadows taking shape In February a group of willing SSYI and Playscape volunteers joined Sophie O’Hara Smith down by the basketball court. With quantities of string, tape measures, stakes, line spray (and a touch of mental maths!) we marked out the new meadows and pathways. Seamus then…

A History of Great Shelford Recreation Ground

Guest blog post by Duncan Grey The Parish Council acquired the present recreation ground from the Macauley family of Southernwood in 1921. Before then the village had used various fields for their recreation. There was a field at the junction of Cambridge Road and Granhams – now Granham’s Close – and after that there was…

Playspace News – March 2017 Newsletter

Inclusion: The Heart of the Playscape Project Taking a lead from the Village children (who insist on using the skateramp as one mighty challenge to run up and down!) the playscape scheme seeks to provide a landscape for everyone to enjoy and to interpret in their own way. Inclusion is a driving principle for us….

Playscape News – February 2017 Newsletter

Playscape – A Community Effort! We have been so encouraged by all the support we’ve received from you so far, and one of our biggest supporters, the SSYI, are truly getting their hands dirty for the cause! SSYI starts work on the Copse The young people have been busy building bird boxes and in half-term…

Playscape News – January 2017 Newsletter

A New Year, A New Playscape? We very much hope so! We want to raise some significant funds this year and our fundraising team will be working hard to raise corporate and private donations. Do contact us if you can help us on either of those fronts! We can then apply for the large local…

Playscape News – December 2016 Newsletter

Playscape’s totaliser passes £30,000! A HUGE THANK YOU to the community of Great Shelford and beyond for all your support so far. The abseil total has just passed the £6000 mark and another very generous cheque of £2000 arrived the other day – a great step closer to a fantastic playscape for everyone to enjoy!…

Playscape News – November 2016 Newsletter

Abseiling for Playscape! On October 1st, 40 intrepid abseilers took on St Mary’s Tower! Before you could actually abseil your first challenge was to climb the steep winding steps, clamber over the enormous church bells and squeeze up another metal ladder. Fortunately you were greeted by the very cheery Hatt Events lot who had you…

Playscape News – October 2016 Newsletter

There was no rest for the Playscape team over the summer as work continued on fundraising, pre-planning applications and a pop-up consultation! Copse Project On Saturday 13h August we consulted the village about rejuvenating the copse area (as identified in the draft master plan) to encourage more outside play whilst increasing biodiversity and interest for…

Chatsworth Adventure Playground – Derbyshire

When you see a sign like this you know you’re in for a treat – and we were not disappointed! Nestling in a corner of the massive Chatsworth Estate is its impressive Adventure Playground, accessed via its equally idyllic Farmyard. As a self-confessed-best-practice-play-area-geek it was certainly ticking lots of boxes for me: inclusive, sense of…

Playscape News – August 2016 Newsletter

Playscape Needs You! It was great to see so many of you at the Shelford Feast – your support is crucial in realising a new playscape for our village, thank you so much for all your help so far!   In case you missed us, here are some things you can do to help: Sign…

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