New playground just great for Greetham
Jubilant villagers have helped to raise an incredible £117,000 to pay for an exciting new play area.
Hundreds of people in Greetham, near Oakham, have staged a barnstorming three-year campaign to fund the five-star playground.
And they were delighted when it was opened last Saturday by the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, and Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani.
The state-of-the-art kids’ attraction boasts high-tech zip wires, basket swings, multi-play equipment and an inclusive roundabout.
A separate-fenced under-five’s zone has been installed with its own slide and see saw partly funded by an award of £49,668 from grant organisation WREN’S FCC Community Action Fund.
S-J Dryland, chairperson of Greetham Play area Group, said: “We are absolutely thrilled.
“It’s taken us three years of hard work and non-stop effort to get our super new play area.
“It’s a huge achievement and it will be worth every minute and every penny.
“We have 54 new homes and 250 children in Greetham and they’re going to get a lot of joy out of this fantastic new play area.”
She said fully-committed villagers had raised £10,000 through events such as safari nights and comedy nights while they’ve also been backed to the hilt by businesses.
“It’s been a brilliant initiative and has brought the entire community together.
“We got the ball rolling when someone simply pointed out on Facebook that the old slide had seen better days,” said S-J Dryland.
“Villagers burst into action and we’ve never looked back.”
She also heaped praise on pubs and hotels such as Barnsdale Lodge, the Plough and Wheatsheaf and Twinlakes Theme Park.
“They’ve also got right behind us from the start and we totally appreciate their support.
“People had been driving out of Greetham to take their kids to playgrounds elsewhere but now families are coming here instead,” said S-J Dryland.
She also saluted Langham-based Playscape Playgrounds for installing the new facility.
“The company worked all summer through the heatwave,” said S-J Dryland.
“The ground was just solid and the whole area was a dustbowl so they had to work very hard in very tough conditions to get it done on time.”
She said they were backed by a £27,000 grant from Rutland County Council and £38,000 award from recycling giant Biffa.