Parents' campaign for park funding a success
PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 October 2011
A GROUP of mothers in Cheddar were delighted to find their campaign to get new play equipment installed in Hannah More Park has been successful.
More than £8,000 will be given to Cheddar Parish Council by local company Singleton Birch to buy a roundabout, two springers and a new child swing.
New barriers and a bench will also be installed.
The money is in addition to £2,000 raised through the group’s own fundraising efforts.
Parents’ group Children in Cheddar formed early last year to push for more play equipment to be installed in the park.
They campaigned for more than 18 months, including fundraising events such as a sponsored toddle around Cheddar Reservoir.
Nicola Haynes, chairman of Children in Cheddar, said: “Parents are unhappy with the facilities in Cheddar and usually travel to neighbouring villages to use the parks.
“We decided it was really important to have decent play equipment so set up the Children in Cheddar group to do something about it.”
Mondegreen EB, the charitable arm of environmental agency Singleton Birch, agreed to give Cheddar Parish Council a grant of £8,704.70.
There were also donations from Red Lion Films, which was filming in Cheddar recently, and Hanson Aggregates.
Cheddar Parish Council approved the plans at a meeting last week and work will start soon.