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"Kids have to play somewhere"

by Michael Ford last modified 02 Oct, 2020 11:29 PM

As a Diocese, we are committed to the welfare and nurture of children and young people, and to the transformation of our communities, and that may mean 'putting our money where our mouth is'.

"Kids have to play somewhere"

Canon Andrew Gough hands the cheque to Cllr Clare Sutton using litter-pickers for social distancing. Photo courtesy Cllr Clare Sutton

A number of our parishes are providing premises, practical support and - where possible - funding to those in need.

Holy Trinity Weymouth has agreed a donation of £300 to help Chapelhay Community Playgarden Association continue to provide activities and events in the playground at the heart of Chapelhay.

Following a lengthy closure, Aster Housing reopened the playground on 31st July and the Playgarden Association held a Covid-secure ‘come back’ event with the help of Dorset Council in August.

However, regulations have tightened since the infection rate soared again, and the group has had to cancel its October Apple Day.

Chair of the Playgarden Clare Sutton said:

“These are extraordinarily difficult and fast-moving times for everyone but the reopening of the playground was in my view long overdue. Kids have to play somewhere. Over the past 16 years we’ve done our best to offer something extra, arts and crafts, games, food activities, but of course it is so difficult now.

“We are incredibly grateful to Holy Trinity Church for this donation. It means we can purchase equipment such as hoops and goalposts which will help us to ‘future proof’ further activities. We’ll also get some more litter pickers as the kids love those, and renew our Public Liability Insurance when we are confident of being able to organise our next activity. The support and patience of Holy Trinity at this difficult time helps us to remain positive.”

Vicar of Holy Trinity Canon Andrew Gough said:

“We work closely with the local community and continue to support this group in particular because what they do is so important to local children and families. None of us know what the next few months will bring, but we want to ensure that they are able to bounce back when the time comes”.

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