Jubilee Field

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A crowd of adults and children stand in the rain, smiling, as a man prepares to cut a ribbon on wooden play equipment. Children stand on different parts of it, including a large tower to the right

Plenty of Joy at Jubilee Field

On Wednesday, 2 September our Town Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper, cut the ribbon to officially open an exciting new play area at Jubilee Field, Manton. 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.

a simplified drawing of a tree with swing hanging down. Beneath it are the words Manton Community Outdoors

For the last three years, a group of young professional mothers, collectively known as Manton Community Outdoors, have worked hard fundraising towards this new facility which benefits all ages. They collaborated with the Town Council, Manton Residents Association, local people and Preshute School to make sure that this fantastic 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.

A man is holding the end of a ribbon, he looks down smiling. To the right children in brightly coloured raincoats face him, a boy is to the left with arm raised, balancing on climbing equipment. BehinA woman with shoulder length blonde hair wearing a dark coat stands holding an umbrella and smiling at the camera. She is next to wooden play structures

Costs of just under £66,500 have been met via grants and contributions from a range of organisations and generous local people. These include:

Marlborough Town Council

Crowd Funding

The Hills Group Ltd, the Landfill Communities Fund, administered by Community First, the Rural Community Council for Wiltshire

Marlborough Area Board

Marlborough & District Lions Club

Marlborough Masonic Lodge

National Lottery

Calor Gas

Waitrose Community Matters

A man is laughing as he lifts himself off the ground using two green metal hoops above his head, suspended from a bar attached to wooden poles at either sideMayor-and-family

 

 Our Mayor, 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, one of the fundraisers, said: “Manton Community Outdoors is absolutely thrilled with the final result and that such a wide age range appear to be enjoying the facilities. We are extremely grateful for all the encouragement over the three years and especially to the vast number of contributors.”

Read or download the press release as an accessible PDF here

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