National Lottery gives £10,000 to Uley Jubilee Playground Makeover

In July 2021 we announced our project to undertake a major makeover of the Jubilee Playground, off Raglan Way. Great progress has been made by the working group in the ensuing six months and we stand on the brink of commissioning the work to start when weather permits.

We always stated that the makeover will be completed in time for an opening event as part of Uley’s celebrations of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, such as a picnic in the playground for all the village children and parents. We remain committed to that programme.

We originally set an extremely ambitious fundraising goal of £50,000, which would have allowed us to replace and add a wide range of play equipment. When we found that one of our hoped-for major funders was unable to help us, we decided to scale back our ambitions and to seek ways of doing more of the work with volunteer labour and donated materials.

We are now aiming to raise up to £30,000 and so far, we are well on the way to that target. We have received key awards of £10,000 from The National Lottery, £5,000 from Gloucestershire County Council Build Back Better Fund and £2,000 from Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association. We have also received valuable contributions from St Giles PCC, Renishaw, Dursley Lions, Uley Society, and many other groups and individuals. All contributions are gratefully accepted and will be wisely spent.

Fundraising continues in earnest as the final scope of the improvements will be determined by the value of funds we are able to raise. However, we already have enough to undertake the essential upgrades, so the project is definitely cleared for take-off. This includes replacing the old wooden multi-play with a bespoke “Uley Hill Fort” having three platforms linked by wobble bridges with dens underneath, a wide slide and different access routes including a climbing wall, ladder and staggered platforms, making it accessible for different abilities.

We plan to lay a crushed Cotswold stone path from the entrance gate, linking to the main play areas. This will make the playground much more accessible and inviting than it is now when the grass is wet.

The project will provide a third generation of play equipment to be used by the children of Uley for many years to come. So, if for example you can help us by contributing through our Crowdfunder page you will know it is an investment of lasting value.

From the Jubilee Playground Makeover Working Group