As the sun finally got its hat on over the Bank Holiday weekend the residents of Thruxton, Fyfield and Kimpton celebrated the opening of the new play park at the Three Villages Recreation Ground.
During the winter lockdown a group of villagers decided to start a fundraising initiative to raise money to revamp the park for both children and adults to enjoy as we come out of lockdown. Various fundraising initiatives were held including Raffles, Bake Sales, Quizzes, Mega Marathon running etc. The Three Parish Councils and village organizations also made generous donations as did local residents and businesses.
The incredible team at Londis Weyhill Service Station donated an amazing £1500 along with stock which was used for raffles. The villages also received incredible support from the Owtons Butchers Team at Rosebourne who assisted with the weekly meat raffles which generated £2500 in income. In total the villages raised an amazing £17000 in just over three months. This money allowed the Villages to buy a Table Tennis Table, Football Goals. Basketball Hoop, Picnic Benches, construct a wonderful social area named “Captain Toms Garden”, install a fence around the play area and erect wonderful new play equipment.
The generosity of local residents and businesses has transformed the Park into a wonderful play and social area for the whole community to enjoy. On Saturday 29th May the Play Park was officially opened and it was great to see so many of the generous donors in attendance so that they could be officially thanked. The wonderful 9 year old Indy Todd, whose parents have supported the project throughout, officially opened the park and then quite rightly went into play!
Chairman of the Sports Trust Richard Smart said “What the three villages have achieved in three months is nothing short of a miracle. In these depressing COVID times we have all pulled together and created a wonderful space for the whole community to enjoy for years to come. I have been blown away by the generosity of residents, village organizations and local businesses that have made all of this possible.
People have not only donated their hard earned cash but also given up countless hours of free time at weekends and evenings to carry out all of the work free of charge. Everyone involved in this project should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. We have created a space which is safe for children to play in, adults to socialize and for the whole community to enjoy. My sincere thanks to all involved!“