There was much excitement on Saturday 12th April as our new children’s play park was opened by Councillor Bridget Wayman and SVH Chairman Tony Duthie.   They were assisted in cutting the ribbon by Elsa Kennett (age 9) and Cameron Binns (age 7) who had won our ‘Design a Playpark’ competition.

Picture 1The park will suit children of all ages, and includes swings, a slide and tunnel, balance beam and monkey bars, hanging tyres and ‘stepping stones’.

It cost around £14,000 to build, and was funded by Section 106 (R-2) funds allocated by Sedgehill and Semley Parish Council and approved by Wiltshire Council, a community grant from Wiltshire Council, in-kind contributions from Whitebridge Hire of Semley, volunteer labour and Semley Village Hall funds.

Drainage, landscaping and fencing materials and play equipment were all locally sourced.  A team of local Semley volunteers prepared the area, with significant help from Robin Young, and much needed refreshments provided by Fay Duthie.  The installation of the equipment and safety fence was carried out by Podo Play of Tisbury.

Councillor Wayman said: “This new play area is an excellent example of how a community can work together with the Parish and County Councils to allocate funding for such an important community project.  I am sure the children will really enjoy the play area”.