Celebrations at Kempsford - left to right (back row): Meike Doherty (Village Hall Committee), Cllr Sandra Carter of CDC, Nicole Jones (Kempsford Pre-school Play leader), Martin Ballard (Head of Kempsford CoE Primary School). Front row features local children and Guy Oldring of Lakes by Yoo.
Children in Kempsford are about to enjoy some exciting new play facilities thanks to a successful fund-raising campaign by local villagers.
Working with Councillor Sandra Carter of the Kempsford-Lechlade ward, the locals managed to get £1,600 worth of funding from Cotswold District Council on top of a £3,000 donation they had already received from Lakes by Yoo. Together with their other fund-raising efforts, the end result is a new £8,000 playground which will appeal to a wide range of children.
Commenting on the new play facilities, Councillor Carter said:
“One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is helping children to get out of doors and have a good time in a safe and secure play environment. I am delighted that the funds have been made available to make this happen – it’s the kind of incentive villages need to maintain their vibrancy and community spirit.”
Giles Baker, director at the Lakes, added: “
“The Lakes is delighted to support Kempsford. The villagers’ campaign to improve the playground is such a good cause. We can’t wait to return to see the finished effort.”
Councillor Carter has also authorised the award of over £1100 to the Lechlade Youth Club to purchase a much needed music system and finance an outing for the youngsters. This amount of funding was delegated to Councillor Carter and all other CDC members earlier this year. Commenting on the difference it has made, Councillor Carter said: “Having this money will improve the club and hopefully encourage more young people to come along, make friends, and have fun.”