MP Mark Lancaster Opens Sherington Pre-School Playground

    Sherington Pre-School has today officially opened its new outdoor play area, which will benefit children attending the village pre-school as well as the wider community.

    The new under 5s playground is open for play following a launch party on Thursday 30 March at Sherington Pre-school attended by Mark Lancaster MP, members of Sherington Parish Council and children from the pre-school.

    New equipment including a mud kitchen, a bubble play panel and a painting easel will allow Sherington Pre-school children to enjoy messy play activities in their garden.  Children using the playground out of pre-school hours can enjoy new facilities including a climbing frame and slide, a tunnel and a chalk board.  The playground was funded by a £22,663 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, £4500 from Sherington Parish Council and £2500 from Sherington Pre-school parents and supporters.

    Anna Shotton, Chair of Sherington Pre-school, said: “As a pre-school parent I can personally vouch for how much of a difference the new playground will make.  Children will have an opportunity to grow flowers, vegetables and herbs in the dedicated gardening area.  The all-weather surface and UV roof will allow the pre-school to use the garden all year round for educational and play experiences.”

    Cllr Anita Thatcher, Vice-Chair Sherington Parish Council, said: “Sherington Parish Council was delighted to be able to support the re-design of the under 5s community play area, as it’s a great enhancement to the village play facilities.  The redevelopment will mean that the next generation will have an invaluable introduction to the great outdoors, enabling exploration in all weather conditions.  Anna Shotton and the Pre-school committee should be very proud of this legacy, it is a credit to their passion for providing a stimulating, caring and safe environment in which to grow.”

    WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

    Joe Newby, WREN’s Grant Manager for Buckinghamshire, says, “We’re delighted to be supporting the play area project and pleased our funding has helped greatly enhance the facility for the children and young families of Sherington. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

    The new playground is situated in Sherington village, next to the village hall.  The outdoor space will be enjoyed by children who attend the pre-school during term time session hours but is open to all under 5s outside of these hours.
     

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