You will have noticed that the Play Park is looking a little sad. Some of the older pieces of equipment need some TLC and, over the coming months, the Parish Council will be replacing the rope parts on the climbers, installing new platforms and roofs and making repairs to the wetpour surfaces. In addition, the Regeneration Group have been tasked with raising funds to help install two new springers.
We’ll keep you updated as our fundraising ideas progress.
We are delighted to introduce our new Village History Trail. This trail has been designed to lead you around the village to explore buildings and features of note.
Two noticeboards have been installed to guide you and they can be found in the Old Playground and by the Parish Hall. Leaflets are available or can be downloaded below:
The Riding Mill Play & Regeneration Group was formed in January 2016 with the objective of improving play and keep fit equipment for young people and adults in the village. Working in conjunction with Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council, the Group has helped raise £41,000 to allow our Play Park to have a total revamp. The main objectives were to improve play items for older children and those with disabilities, and to make it easier to access the equipment for anyone with mobility difficulties. Initial ideas of what to add were sought from the children at Broomhaugh First School who identified that their number one priority was a set of monkey bars! These were duly included as part of a fun adventure trail together with a climbing boulder and team swing.
In May 2018, we were pleased to invite a special guest with particular climbing prowess, Spiderman, to help open the newly designed Play Park.
Our Group and the Parish Council would like to thank the many sponsors. The project secured over £6000 from residents and local businesses including Osbit Limited, together with grants from the Parish Council, the Big Lottery Fund, the Community Foundation, Northumberland County Council, Postcode Local Trust, the Sir James Knott Trust, Tesco Groundworks and Tynedale Lions.
The Group will now look to new projects in the village – further details to follow in due course.
FULL LIST OF MAIN SPONSORS
Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council
Big Lottery Fund
The Riding Grange Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation
The Thornton Family Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation
Northumberland County Council Community Chest Fund
Northumberland County Council S106 Housing Developer Fund
County Councillor Anne Dale, Members’ Local Improvement Scheme, Northumberland County Council
Postcode Local Trust
The Sir James Knott Trust