Uley Jubilee Playground – Platinum Makeover Project

Uley Parish Council, with a small group of volunteers, has started an exciting project to improve our children’s playground located off Raglan Way.

During the past couple of years we have all realised how important open spaces are to our well-being; particularly for our children and young people. So, we have been working together with local play area consultants to come up with ideas to make the playground a more inviting and interesting place to spend time in the fresh air and appeal to children, parents, grandparents and carers.

The playground was originally created by volunteers and dedicated to the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It was officially opened in May 1978 by HRH Princess Anne. Some refurbishment work was undertaken in 2002, at the time of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

We believe it would now be especially appropriate if we could achieve a major makeover of the playground to celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022! We want to make the most of the lovely setting, add paths to link between play areas, include wildflower patches and add exciting new play equipment.

Of course, this is going to involve a big financial investment – we estimate that at least £30,000 will need to be raised – but we are eligible for grants available for such projects and have already had some success.  We will also be holding fund raising events (as COVID restrictions permit) and seek local donations in cash or kind. One of our team has opened a Crowdfunding webpage which is an easy way to contribute:

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/uley-playground-platinum-makeover-project

We hope local people  will enthusiastically support this plan and we would love to hear from you with ideas or contacts for fundraising; we will also need volunteers.

Silver Jubilee Playground Opening by HRH Princess Anne, 24 May 1978
Silver Jubilee Playground Opening by HRH Princess Anne, 24 May 1978

We very much want to hear your views on the following:

  • Which items of existing play equipment are favourites with your children and should be retained? – choose from the illustrations here.
  • Which of the possible new play features would you like to see incorporated in the new plan? – choose from the illustrations here.

Let us know if you would like to join our Makeover Project Group – there are many ways in which help could be given.

You can give your comments or make contact through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uleyparishcouncil/) or email to Cllr Mike Griffiths (m.griffiths@uleyparishcouncil.gov.uk).

Silver Jubilee Playground Memorial Stone. Note the small plaque dedicated to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, when some refurbishment work was done.
Silver Jubilee Playground Memorial Stone. Note the small plaque dedicated to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, when some refurbishment work was done.

The Uley Jubilee Playground is an asset of Uley Parish Council which pays for inspection, insurance, maintenance and repairs out of its annual precept. However, the PC does not hold capital sums sufficient to fund projects such as this. Most of the capital cost must therefore be raised by the Makeover Project Group from other sources. All monies raised will be handled through a PC bank account dedicated to the project, ensuring financial transparency, and the upgraded asset will remain the property of your Parish Council.

The group spearheading the project on behalf of the PC are a Working Group created in accordance with the PC’s Standing Orders and working to the Terms of Reference here

ToR for Uley Parish Council Playground Working Group (rev 2)