SLIDESHOW: Kids overjoyed at new playground in Wisborough Green

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The community of Wisborough Green gathered for the official opening of the new village playground on Friday September 28.

An Olympic torchbearer, Paul Zetter, from Ifold, cut the ribbon, with children from Wisborough Green Primary School and Climbing Bears Playground, both in Newpound Lane, running into the new enclosed play area.

JPCT 280912 Wisborough Green Playground opening. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 280912 Wisborough Green Playground opening. Photo by Derek Martin

Thanks to a colossal fundraising effort £40,000 was raised over 18 months for the playground, which was updated to mark the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, leaving Wisborough Green Parish Council to pick up just £10,000.

Keith Charman, chairman of the parish council, said: “This was a huge undertaking for the village and would not have been possible without the generous support from local sponsors and successful grant applications.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who have helped in some way.”

He singled out Louise Davies, clerk of the council, and parish councillor Sheena Overington as instrumental in delivering the project.

The roundabout is wheelchair accessible, there are picnic tables, safety surfaces have been increased, and the area is now fully enclosed.

Mr Zetter, who ran with the Olympic torch through Duncton in July, said he felt honoured and flattered to be invited, and the occasion equalled being invited to the palace to receive his CBE.

Trudy Emberson, headteacher of the primary school, added: “Most of the children have had a go, and it always looks very busy when I’m leaving in the evening.”

Christopher Stride, from the Sideshows Society, which was set up after World War Two to buy sweets for children, and was one of the many fundraisers, said: “It’s a lovely asset for the village, and it’s nice to give something back to the kids again.”