Meeting Monday 3rd March

Please come along to the BPS meeting this Monday 3rd March at The Old Police House, Staplestreet, opposite the Three Horse Shoes Pub,at 8.00pm.

We need people to come along to organise and help us with the launch party to celebrate the official opening of the Toddlers’ Playground planned for  the end of March.

We need lots of people to help with the invites, publicity, food, tidying up, decorating with bunting, making cakes etc etc.

Whether you can help a little or a lot, please come along.

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What you can look forward to!

We have received the final layout plan for the toddler park from Wicksteed, who are supplying and installing the equipment – and here it is:

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If you visit the recreation ground today you can see a large, fenced in, muddy area by the village hall. This may not look very exciting to you, but we are celebrating because this is where the new toddler playground will be and it means work has begun!

The new location of the toddler’s area was a crucial part of the design and the decision was made in consultation with the other users of the hall, the local community and with parents. By moving the toddler equipment from it’s current position, we hope to maximise the opportunity for whole families to enjoy the different facilities of the recreation ground in full sight of each other. The  location of the old play equipment was unsatisfactory because it was hidden behind the hall, which caused potential problems of security of children and equipment.

The new location allows toddlers to play where they can be seen from inside the pavilion, from the car park and from other parts of the recreation ground. We hope that this will keep both the children and the equipment safe and will encourage families with children of all ages to come and use the recreation ground together. We also imagine that a toddler party in the village hall, with the added bonus of  the playground outside, will be a hit with parents and children!

The play area will be fenced and gated to prevent animal fouling and to reduce the risk of toddlers wandering off or finding their way into the car park. The area will be surfaced with suitable soft  surfacing – no mud! We want parents and carers to be able to relax while the children play. The equipment was also chosen with this in mind; we hope that small children can use most of the equipment, most of the time, without help from an adult.

There will be plenty of fun equipment for a variety of ages and abilities. All the equipment was chosen in consultation with parents and the local community, with the most popular equipment having priority, (within the restrictions of our budget). We hope that we will be seeing children enjoying themselves in the toddler area by the end of February!

Keep an eye on this website and local press for the date of the grand opening party!

All Systems are Go!

The Boughton Park Supporters

It’s all happening at the recreation ground! A site visit on Thursday 23rd January and work due to start on Monday 27th.  It is so exciting that we are finally installing the toddlers playground after years of concerted hard slog to raise the money (£39,455.25 is coming from Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the landfill Communities Fund)– it is so rewarding in the end.

The work should take 6-8 weeks and there will inevitably be some disruption to the area around the Village Hall including the car park but we will try to keep everyone informed of events as much as possible. We hope to post progress updates each week: on boughtonparksupporters.wordpress.com.

We will be organising a Party at the Park to mark the official opening of the Toddlers Playground sometime in May. You are all invited so look out for details nearer the time.

Our AGM on 15th January at 3.30p.m. at the school was only attended by 3 new mums, however, one has offered to help with publicity for the party in May. Our next committee meeting is on Wednesday 26th March at 3.15 and the school have, very kindly lent us a classroom again. This meeting will be mainly to organize the party – so do come along if you can help with anything from setting up tables/food/a celebrity guest/press involvement/helping on the day etc etc. We really need YOUR help.

And what of the future? I and most of the existing committee members are stepping down after the party in May, so come on you Boughton residents, now is the time to step forward if you are enjoying the park and want the good work to continue.

The next thing on the village ‘wish-list’ that started all this going 6 years ago is a tennis court. We are Calling all Tennis Lovers for an informal get together for everyone who wants a tennis court at the Rec on Wednesday 26th march at 8pm at The Queen’s Head.

Nicola Smith and Miriam Layton Co-Chairpersons BPS

07766 088706 bps@machin.f9.co.uk

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Please come along to the Boughton Park Supporters Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15th January at 3.30pm

Boughton-under-Blean & Dunkirk Primary School

We now have all the funds for the Toddler Play Park, so come and find out what you can look forward to this spring and talk about the next step for the recreation ground.

DON’T FORGET! THIS WEDNESDAY AFTER SCHOOL!

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FANTASTIC NEWS!

We have all the money we need to install the toddlers playground this spring!

Thanks to Andrew Bowles, our Kent County Councillor, who awarded £2000 following our presentation in the village hall on 9th November after which members of the community had to vote for their preferred projects.

The main bulk of the funding is coming from Viridor Credits  Environmental Company through the landfill Communities Fund who have awarded us £39,455.25 following a grant application put in by our treasurer Frances Holliday – all our thanks go to her for the huge amount of work this took.

Thanks also to the Parish Council for sponsoring the project to enable us to be eligible for the Viridor grant. Also thanks again to George Bobbin and Amicus Horizon for their grants. All this support had meant we have reached our target of just over £50,000.

Our AGM is on Wednesday 15th January at 3.30p.m. at the school and you are very welcome to come along. We will be displaying the final plans for the toddlers playground to be supplied by Wicksteed Leisure.

If you would like to get involved, please contact bps@machin.f9.co.uk. What next – an all weather tennis court maybe? It’s up to you so come and join in.

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Thank you!

Thank you so much to everybody who came along and voted today.

We are delighted to say that BPS won the full grant of £2000 which will pay for the bouncy seesaw!

We are particularly grateful because the process took hours rather than the minutes we were expecting and so many of you stayed to listen to the FIFTEEN presentations and to vote. Thank you!

There were some other very worthy charities and community groups sharing the total fund of £18,000 and we are very happy to have won our share.

Hooray!

 

 

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Come & Vote!

Please come and vote on

Saturday 9th November, 10.30am

Boughton Village Hall.

Boughton Park Supporters are asking KCC for a grant of £2000 towards a bouncy seesaw for the new toddler playground outside the village hall, but we need your help.

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Andrew Bowles has asked the local community to decide which community projects will benefit from Kent County Council grants. Community groups have been asked to do a 3 minute presentation and then the public will vote at the meeting on 9th November.

Boughton Park Supporters will be asking Andrew for £2000.

Please come along for the short presentation and have your vote.

10.30 am Saturday 6th November