New Adventure Play Area and Outdoor Gym ready for use in Stoke sub Hamdon

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A long-awaited project to provide a new Adventure Play Area and Outdoor Gym which will benefit the community of Stoke sub Hamdon will be officially opened this weekend.

The facility at the Recreation Ground in West Street in Stoke sub Hamdon has been long in the making and is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the Stoke sub Hamdon Sports and Recreation Trust. New equipment includes a wood matrix to climb, a giant slide, swing rope and also a zip wire. An array of new outdoor gym equipment has also been installed.

Essential funds have come from a variety of sources, including: - contributions from the Trust’s own fundraising efforts; the Stoke Charity Shop; South Somerset District Council; the Peoples Postcode Lottery; Awards for All from the ‘Big Lottery Fund’; the Parish Council; Battens Charitable Trust; the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, the Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust; Yarlington Housing Group; the Pebble Grant Rank Organisation; and Tesco Bags of Help. 

South Somerset District Council provided £11,586 of Community Grant funding, £10,000 from Capital Grant funding and £22,229 from Section 106 money collected through contributions from developers of nearby housing developments.

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder of Health and Well-Being at South Somerset District Council, said: “As a District Council, we want to improve health and reduce health inequalities within South Somerset and by grant funding for this particular project and supporting the Trust, we have shown a commitment to deliver this promise in the community of Stoke sub Hamdon. I am confident that generations of residents will enjoy these fantastic facilities that have been provided.”

Councillor Mike Hewitson, District Councillor for the Hamdon Ward, added: “I am delighted to see this brilliant development for young people in our community. It has been a real team effort by the volunteers at the Sports & Rec Trust and of course by my predecessor, Councillor Sylvia Seal, who helped to make this a reality.”

The new, free to use, play and sports area will be officially opened on Sunday 11 August at 2.00pm with the community invited along to enjoy a family picnic and a formal ribbon cutting by the former local Councillor Sylvia Seal.

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