23rd Oct, 2016

Friends efforts raise sparkling sum

Aaron Wise 27th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

DEVOTED Evesham residents raised £650 at a summer fete towards building a new playground roundabout in Jubilee Gardens.

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens hosted plenty of festivities at the park, which included the opening ceremony for the park’s new artificial football pitch, on Saturday (July 18) along with a five-a-side football match, games, stalls and a raffle.

Bengeworth Academy pupils took part in the football match on the new turf as part of the national Community Games Programme, which provides the tools for communities to organise and come together through sporting and cultural events.

The family fun day also had a bouncy castle, assault course, skittles, giant games, an old penny arcade and multiple stalls including homemade cakes, sweets and crafts.

As Jubilee Gardens was created back in 2012 in partnership between Wychavon District Council and Rooftop Housing Group, Wychavon’s ‘Get Active’ team offered free attractions such as circus skills, nail art and a smoothie bike, while Rooftop generously provided a grant to help fund the event.

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens has raised funds which have seen a trampoline and artificial pitch put in place at the park and hope the continued fund-raising can go towards a new playground roundabout.

Sue Norledge, chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens, said: “We would very much like to thank Wychavon District Council and Rooftop for all their support and grants, and all the local Bengeworth businesses who have supported us.

“The day was a fantastic success with the weather on our side and lots of people came down to celebrate.

“Our next event will be over Halloween, where we hope to continue raising funds for such a a special place.”