Village’s new-look play area

Village's new-look play area
Village's new-look play area

A village play area has been given a much needed re-vamp, delighting children from near and far.

The play area on The Square at Whittingham now boasts a brand new basket swing, climbing frame, roundabout, slide, shuffle bars and willow tunnel.

To mark the play area’s completion, members of Cumeragh Village Association – who spearheaded the project to replace the equipment provided by Square residents 20 years ago – held an official opening ceremony, complete with cake and ribbons, which were cut by ten-year-old Hannah Williams.

Treasurer Claire Smith explained that a number of residents got together some time ago to look at ways of updating the equipment. Initially it was believed the project would have to be done in two stages.

“But we have been very lucky with all the bids coming together at the same time,” said Claire.

She added that the cost –just over £40,000 – had been met by grants and donations from the Big Lottery, Lancashire Environmental Fund, Harris Trust, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, Whittingham Parish Council, Robson’s Metals and cash from individual residents, collected by Becky at the nearby shop.

Former Square resident Rachel Hesketh also spent a day helping people to build the willow tunnel and showing children how to make willow fish, butterflies and crowns.

Association chair Kerry Harrison said: “It is great to see the children using the facilities. It has been busy every day and is already attracting more people to the park.

“We are so pleased that we have been able to update the facilities and so many people have contributed in terms of time and donations. We would like to thank everyone involved in this venture.”