A new playground in the village of St Tudy has reopened in memory of a much-loved pre-school manager, after being awarded £25,000 funding by financial services company OneFamily as part  of its Foundation. 

The new playground opened to the public on Friday 13 July 2018, as a tribute to Claire Townsend, the manager at St Tudy’s pre-school who tragically passed away the previous year. 

Previously a run-down play space, the area has been completely revamped and now includes as a range of accessible and fun equipment from Wadebridge company, Schoolscapes. This includes a variety of swings, a new roundabout, a dino mould and tunnel, a sandpit, and a Treetops climbing frame. A fabulous spring surfer was donated by David and Beth Bray from the Bray Foundation.  A vegetable patch made of tractor tyres and wildlife area has also been created so that local pre-school pupils can grow their own fruit and veg and learn about nature. Lovely benches surround the play area, one handmade by Gavin Scurrah and Rob which has a large safe surface. 

Thanks to a grant from the Foyle Foundation a green crawl-through steam loco and shelter have been added to the playground in October. In the new year a willow tunnel will be added thanks to a grant from the Denzell Downs Community Benefit Fund.

The Playground

Sue Handford of the St Tudy Playing Field Trust, said: 

“Launching the playground was a day of celebration for everyone who was involved in the project. Our dedicated playground team of Rebecca Jago, Karen Whalley, Kate Willcocks, Jack Gibson and Annette Welch have worked hard to ensure that the new area is a fitting tribute to Claire, and it will be a place that children can enjoy for many years to come. We’re so thankful to everyone at OneFamily for providing us with the £25,000 grant. It was the catalyst that enabled us to get this project off the ground, and since then we’ve held fundraisers and secured further donations that have enabled us to make the project a reality"


Further contributors to the playground included local contractor Mark Andrew Ltd, Vicki O’Shea from Cedarcoft Plants, Tinten Farm, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Frankie and Graham Harris and the St Austell Dance Group, Allen Valley Slates, and the Western Supply Company. 

 Grants have also been received from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Bray Charitable Foundation, Western Power Distribution, The Pirate Trust, the Foyle Foundation and Devon and Cornwall Police and Councillor Stephen Rushworth.
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