Goonhilly Wind farm Community Fund awards grant to St Keverne Playing Field
3 October 2017
St Keverne playing field’s existing equipment was very outdated, being made mostly of wood and going rotten. The April 2015 RoSPA inspection reported that a considerable amount of work was needed in this play area to rectify issues with timber rot and a full refurbishment of see-saw being required. The overall risk rating for the play space was ‘medium’. For the second largest parish in terms of population on the Lizard Peninsula, the playground provision was abysmal and not safe.
The Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund awarded the Committee £4,000 towards the updating of the play area and, in particular a new zip wire. The Committee were very successful in fundraising and were also able to install a nest inclusive basket swing, toddler and flat swing, new under 10’s climbing tower, inclusive rotating dish, rotator for older children and inclusive springer. A picnic table was sited, the 4-seat see-saw was fully refurbished and a new safety surface was laid.
Michelle Patterson, representing the Committee commented ‘The play area was completed just in time for the start of the summer holidays and was immediately put to good use with parents/grandparents there with children at all times of day and every dry day. Not one day was there just one family there. It has created a real ‘buzz’ amongst parents of school children and encouraged more interest and enthusiasm for the Committee itself, which has since carried out decoration, repairs and is planning further refurbishment to the pavilion building. Finally, St Keverne has somewhere for children to go to play, which is modern, safe and enticing to children and parents no longer travel 7 miles to Mawgan to the next decent play area.’