Sir George opens new Play Area in Appleshaw
31 Aug 2009
L-R Caroline Hughes, Lucy Quill, Lorna Fitzpatrick, Jean Weeks, Canon Ian Tomlinson, Bob Caddy, Pat West,  GY, Ian Carr, Michael Clayton
L-R Caroline Hughes, Lucy Quill, Lorna Fitzpatrick, Jean Weeks, Canon Ian Tomlinson, Bob Caddy, Pat West, GY, Ian Carr, Michael Clayton
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GY and Pat West on swings, with Michael Clayton
GY and Pat West on swings, with Michael Clayton
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Sir George formally opened the Appleshaw Village Play Area, just before the Appleshaw Fete & Flower Show opened on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Sir George paid tribute to Michael Clayton and the team who, in the space of a year, had brought the new play area into being.

"Given the difficulty of raising funds at the moment, together with all the regulatory hurdles that have to be overcome, it was a great achievement to have the new play area opened at the beginning of August, when the questionnaire about the project only went out in June last year. A committee was set up in November, and the project was completed some six weeks ahead of schedule".

Sir George also said that the community based team had been very professional in their approach. "The questionnaire was very professional, as was the assessment of the equipment that might be installed and the selection of a contractor. It was backed up by a very professional website, and I was delighted to hear that there are plans for Phase 2, looking at a project to meet the needs of older children."

With Sir George was County Cllr Pat West, who provided funding for the project from her local community chest, and Cllr Ian Carr. Ian Carr was wearing two hats, both as Leader of Test Valley Borough Council who funded the project, but also representing Hampshire Playing Fields Association, who gave financial support. The Chairman of Appleshaw Parish Council, Bob Caddy, was also present.

Since November last year, over £36,000 was raised and the play area is now one which is patronised by residents from nearby villages, as well of course as the young families who live in Appleshaw itself.

After the formal opening, Sir George and Pat West tested out the swings.
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