Manton’s new play area in Jubilee Field was formally declared open on Wednesday, 2 September by Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Abiding by COVID social distancing restrictions, children took turns to test out the swings, slide, agility trail, rope climber, fortress, basketball hoop and more whilst adults lined up to try the fitness equipment too.
For the last three years a group of young professional mothers, collectively known as Manton Community Outdoors, have worked hard fundraising towards this new play (and exercise) area which benefits all ages. They collaborated with the Town Council, Manton Residents Association, local people and Preshute School, holding consultations to make sure that this facility was right for the whole village.
Dragon Play & Sports, based in Cardiff, supplied the equipment and Project Manager, Michael Carter of Sports & Play Consulting, guided the project through to completion.
The overall cost of just under £66,500 were met by grants and contributions from a range of organisations and generous local people. These include:
- Marlborough Town Council
- Crowd Funding
- The Hills Group Ltd
- Landfill Communities Fund (administered by Community First)
- Rural Community Council for Wiltshire
- Marlborough Area Board
- Marlborough & District Lions Club
- Marlborough Masonic Lodge
- National Lottery
- Calor Gas
- Waitrose Community Matters
Mayor Mark, himself a resident of Manton, said: “What an amazing achievement by Manton Community Outdoors. It’s been great to work with such an inspiring group, all working so hard to make it happen. I remember playing here as a child, how much more it has to offer now. There’s something for everyone and the play equipment reflects the natural environment so Jubilee Field still retains its reputation as a wonderful green open space.”
Katie Tilney, of fundraisers Manton Community Outdoors said: “We are so thrilled to have this playground officially open. It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying it already. We are so grateful to all those that have contributed and helped to make this fantastic project a reality”.