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Picnic in the park boosts Bourne2Play funds

Youngsters and volunteers from  Bourne2Play attending a summer picnic at the Bourne Wellhead. Pictured with entertainers  Paul Storrie and Dan Storey. EMN-140608-170530009

Youngsters and volunteers from Bourne2Play attending a summer picnic at the Bourne Wellhead. Pictured with entertainers Paul Storrie and Dan Storey. EMN-140608-170530009

Scores of parents and children got their first glimpse of initial plans for a new play area during a fundraising picnic in the park.

Trustees of Bourne2Play hosted the event at the Wellhead on Wednesday afternoon.

The picnic was organised to coincide with the national Playday scheme, which aims to get families outside and playing.

Bourne2Play was set by a group of mothers up to raise about £100,000 for new play equipment on the Wellhead. And the picnic got them a little closer to that total, with visitors donating £559.27.

Chairman Anna Rogers said: “It was a brilliant afternoon and we were amazed by how many people came to support the event.

“The children all enjoyed the bouncy castle donated by Bourne Fun and meeting Batman and his Juggling Jester side kick from Groovy Discos.

“As well as being a lot of fun, the picnic gave us an opportunity to show the community some initial park design ideas and to get their feedback on them. All the money raised at the picnic will go towards new play equipment on the Wellhead Field.”

The two designs on show were by Playdale and Fenland Leisure. Bourne2Play has to work with South Kesteven District Council’s preferred suppliers - a list that also includes Wicksteed Leisure.

Mrs Rogers said: “The designs are okay but they are not as inspirational as we were going for.

“But we have a starting point and they can work on making it a bit more bespoke.”

The group is determined to fund a play area that will inspire children to get creative and use their imaginations. Mrs Rogers said: “We don’t want to just put back newer versions of what was there.”

Bourne2Play has set up a crowdfunding website for a bird’s nest swing at www.spacehive.com/fundthefunschemebirdsnestswing.

 

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