On Saturday April 26th West Dean celebrated its success in bringing a tired old playground up to date.
Over the last 18 months a group of parents and grandparents, supported by the Parish Council, have worked together to bring their ideas to life. Little could have been achieved without the generosity of the funders: £14,000 was raised through grants from Viridor Environmental credits, Wiltshire Council, Parish Council and the Fete committee for new play equipment. The money did not stretch to landscaping so much practical hard work was done by a dedicated band of volunteers.
We also wanted a nice place for people to sit, relax and enjoy the green space. Rather than buy an expensive ready-made solution we all contributed suggestions, then one person sketched out our ideas, another made that into a technical drawing and our local industry, East Brothers sawmill, donated all the timber so that our pavilion became a reality.
Mrs Kathleen Parsons, aged 98, West Dean’s oldest resident cut the ribbon for us. Mrs Parsons is a special person not only because she has lived here since she was 2 years old and seen much change but also because she has given so much of her time, energy and wisdom to the village during those years. She has never been afraid to stand up for what she believes in and so is still an inspiration!