Elaine Dell - explained, when asked, that she had got fed-up with there being no playground where her children could play. Around 1985 she had approached the Parish Council, who told her that if she raised a petition they would consider it.
Petition Elaine canvassed around the village and, fully supported, she took her petition to the Council.
Council Support The Council replied that if £10,000 was raised towards a playground, they would donate £10,000 to match.
The Site Elaine knew the Sports Club Ground very well. She had married into the Dell family who were very involved with the club.
In the far North-East corner of the ground hung two simple swings. Surely this was a possible site.
The Sports Club was approached for a sub-lease. This part of the ground belonged to John West of Stocken Farm and he gave permission to the Sports Club to sub-lease a piece of ground to the Parish Council for a playground if the money could be raised.
Elapsed Time All this had taken a long time. Elaine's children had got older and Elaine had gone back to work. Fortunately another mum, Linda Gaffin, heard the story and picked up the cause.
Hallmark In the Autumn issue of Hallmark in 1993, the editor, Ted Janes, wrote:-
Children's Playground at Last???
Hopes are running high that at long last the village will have a children's play area. As a community, as past parents, have we been a bit dilatory? Should we have been more like other villages? Speen for an example, who provided themselves by public subscription and fund raising, a playing field back in 1953, when land was cheap and not thought to be only required for housing.
Thousands and thousands of pounds have been raised over the years in our village, for the Church, for the Village Hall, for a private Sports Ground and Clubhouse, for the Windmill Restoration and to support all the organisations that flourish here, and yet we failed to provide a play area for our kids, maybe we got our priorities wrong. If that is to be rectified now, it's happily better late than never.
Hallmark In Spring 1994 Linda Gaffin wrote:-
Past FailureHallmark In Summer 1994 Linda wrote
As mentioned in a previous issue, the first request for a playground was raised about 40 years ago - plans were actually drawn up in 1960! Various people have campaigned over the years but we understand that land was never made available or the site was not suitable but for reasons we are not aware of, the playground never materialised.
Some people do not seem happy with the site proposed, especially as it is the far end of Lacey Green, but we can now be grateful that a piece of land is now available which will be an area close to the school and may encourage more use of the village sports facilities. No site would ever seem ideal to everyone and it will be a hard enough task to raise the money needed (a minimum of £10,000), without unnecessary negative comments. Let's not let this opportunity pass us by.
Welcome, Interest And Support
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest and support in helping with the appeal.
So you see it's all happening - and all future events will be advertised in the Village and in Hallmark.
- We have received a generous contribution from Princes Risborough Rotary Club of £250.
- The Windmill -Under-Fives Playgroup's are to have an Easter Fun Day, and plan to sponsor a toddler swing. Would anyone else consider sponsoring a piece of the playground?
- The Black Horse will organise a Race Night and at Jenny Stothard's house an Easter Treasure Hunt.
- The Sport's Club are having an Open Weekend - April 23rd/24th - when an exhibition of possible playground schemes will be on display - and an opportunity to make your comments known before any final decision is made!
- The Happy Wanderers Walking Club have promised to run a Family Village Walk on May 7th, and a 10 mile sponsored walk in September - can other organisations help us?
- A trip to see Gerry and the Pacemakers at Wycombe Swan - May 10th - Discount saved on all tickets sold (so far over 30) will go to the appeal.
Well done - we are nearing our first £1,000, with many thanks to the following:-Also in that same Hallmark from Jenny Stothard
We have had some fun at the Race Night, and luckily it didn't rain for the family walk and a good time and super afternoon tea was enjoyed by all the families that joined in the walk.
- £250 donation from Rotary
- £100 Windmill under Fives
- £100 Donation
- £125 Black Horse Race Night
- £ 36 Jenny's Easter Bunny Raffle at the Whip
- £ 80 Playground Theatre Group
- £ 27 Village Shop donations
- £ 68 Donations from the Open Day
- £ 80 Happy Wanderers Piped Pipers Family Walk
- £ 20 donation from the 81st Club
In the next magazine we will be updating everyone as to events planned for the next six months. Thanks to everyone for their help and support.
- Watch out for our sponsored walk in September.
- A pyramid coffee morning has been started by Jenny Stothard with a possibility of raising over £1,500 so wait for your invitation to arrive.
- We are running a Grand Draw with some really generous prizes - and if you haven't had your tickets they are available at the village r from Jane Trew - Smith Tel 347033.
- Also events to look out for - The Sports and Social Club Cricket Match and Pig Roast where British School of Motoring are running real cars for children of any age to have a go at driving - proceeds to our appeal thanks to Mrs Joan West.
- Lacey Green Productions special matinee on Sunday July 3rd where we will be providing afternoon teas in the interval - a show not to be missed by all accounts.
Still with the Playground Appeal, a CHALLENGE TO THE DADS OF THE VILLAGE - The grand Sponsored Nappy Change. Can you change all your baby's/toddlers nappies for two consecutive days? Forms are available from Hickman's Stores. You can choose any two days between the 15th and 29th July. Remember - a change is as good as a rest!Hallmark Autumn by Linda Gaffin
We now have another £3,500 (making £7,000) thanks to a very splendid contribution of £1,000 from Lacey Green Productions. Our thanks to them and also the Evening W.I. who had a raffle at their Bar-B-Que. We now aim to have a playground installed by Village Day 1995.Hallmark Spring 1995 by Linda Gaffin.
A few more events are planned and we hope we can ask for everyone's continued support over the next few months.
Saturday, October 22nd - CHILDREN'S DISCO - in the Village Hall. Some fun for the children - watch for further details.
Saturday, November 19th - AUCTION OF PROMISES - in the Village Hall - 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Looking for some ideas for Christmas presents - maybe this could help : -
If you are willing to promise something to auction - babysitting, ironing, cakes, anything unusual - no matter how large or small please give us a ring; Linda (347707), June (347033) or Sandra (346315).
- Perfume Selection - Bell Street Chemist.
- 6lb Leg of Pork - Trouts Butchers.
- Wheel Brace - Alternative Tools.
- 10,000 sheets Plain White Conqueror Wove Paper - Chiltern Stationery.
- Discount on House Sale - Halifax Estate Agents.
- Sunday Lunch - Plow at Speen, to include pick-up in Chauffeur Driven Rolls Royce - Sapphire Chauffeur Drive
- Tickets to Chessington World of Adventures.
- Joints of beef - value ?15 - Morris Butchers, Princes Risborough
- Various Cuddly Toys
- A years supply of Coffee
- Johnson & Johnson Baby Products - Cilag, Saunderton
- RAF Visits - to be advised - Tom Hamilton
- Two Pantomime Tickets - Wycombe Swan.
- Hair Appointment - Waves
- Various Beauty Treatments.
- Visit to the Bucks Free Press
- Visit to the Bucks Herald
- Dried Flower Basket - Sylvia James
- Round of Golf at Princes Risborough Golf Club - Vic Gaffin
- Sailing Trip on Group 4 'Round the World' Yacht - Rob Coles
- Clay Shoot - Waterperry Gun Club
- Manchester united Souvenir
- Signed Football - Wycombe Wanderers
- Weekend at a Hilton Hotel
- Meal at The Whip
- Meal at The Black Horse
- Meal at The Sir Charles Napier
- Bike Helmet - Mountain Bike Centre
- Painting Commission - Jane Clayton
- Garden Seat - Gommes Forge
- Cuddly Toy - Cheverton & Laidler
- Mystery Box
- And Much Much More.
Dave Evans is our Auctioneer and we hope it will be a fun evening.
The Playground Committee would like to thank everyone for their continuing help and support. Just a few more months and we hope to see the results of everyone's efforts. If you would like to help in any way please let us know.
"WELL WE HAVE DONE IT !! £10,000"Hallmark Summer 1995 by Linda Gaffin.
Thanks to the inspiration and help of Dick and Brenda at the Whip and the hospitality of Mr and Mrs Davis and the time given by Mum's and Dad's to help raise : -
All this could not have been done without the help of so many people but especially June and Gary True-Smith, Sandra and David Moulder, Lindsay and Alan Phillips, Rob Coles and Sheila Smith, Martin and Gina Timberlake, Mark Van Reysen, Phil Gunnell and my husband Vic who have all given of their time and talents so freely. We have had a lot of fun on the way. A meeting has now been arranged with the Parish Council to plan the playground - more news in 1995.
- £800 at Widmer Feeds Open Day
- and to every one who supported in some way the Auction of Promises which raised £3,200!
- We have also successfully applied for a grant from Bucks County Council of £2,500.
JULY 1st 1995 "THE PLAYGROUND IS OPENED!!"
We made it!! Thanks to the help of many people - although the 'official opening' fell slightly flat being at the end of the Village Day parade. The best and most important thing as far as June, Sandra and myself were concerned was to see the swarms of children all over the new playground enjoying themselves. What a sight! We have not had a major opening, as the Summer holidays came in between and now the Autumn is upon us. The playground seems to have been a success, with many people coming along for picnics in the summer holidays and using it after school. Also life at the cricket matches has apparently been made easier with the children being occupied on the playground.
Interest has also been shown in developing the facilities at the Sports Club. Tennis coaching has been running all summer long and the playground has given younger brothers and sisters somewhere to play.
This is in such a lovely setting - we are fortunate to have such good facilities in our village. Seating is on its way - hopefully not to be destroyed, as has the picnic table. The council is still getting the rubbish bin! Let's hope that the playground will be respected by everyone and that vandalism does not take away the enjoyment of so many.
We have been allotted some funds from the Village Day committee so we will hopefully be able to look at some more equipment.
Once again thanks to all those involved and a job well done!!