Village pupils to help officially open Common play area

One hundred and fifty children from the three Pelsall primary schools will help to officially open the village’s £70,000 play area on Monday.

The pupils from St Michael’s CE, Ryders Hayes and Pelsall Village Schools will be among the guests and a plaque will be unveiled Coun Garry Perry, Mayor of Walsall and Pelsall councillor.
The park, which opened at the end of the summer last year, underwent a much-needed revamp after Pelsall councillors, Walsall Council’s Greenspace Service and Friends of Pelsall Common secured £43,914.62 from the Trustees of Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB).

The Greenspace Service also received funding to purchase new equipment and S106 funding was used from the Leylands Farm development, making the total spent on the upgrade £70,000.

Brownhills, Pelsall, Shelfield & Rushall area partnership also supported the play area bid by making a donation of £5,100.

Coun Perry said: “I am thrilled to be marking the combined determination, enthusiasm and commitment of all those involved in getting this important facility for Pelsall.”

Coun Marco Longhi, who launched an online petition to help boost the bid further and lobby local support, added: “ A huge thank you goes to all those who supported the bid – it just goes to show what people power can achieve.”

Maureen Payton, chair of the Friends of Pelsall Common, thanked Bloxwich company Blinford Graphics Ltd for donating the plaque for the occasion.

Angela Haymonds, of Cory Environmental Trust in Britain, said: “The Trustees were impressed by the community spirit behind this project – there was a real sense that it was wanted and needed by all sections of the community and it’s already apparent that the young people of Pelsall are thrilled to bits with their new kit.”

The plaque will be unveiled at 1.30pm. Dawn Munday at Pelsall Children’s Centre has organised a children’s picnic for the younger guests to enjoy on the day.

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2 Responses to Village pupils to help officially open Common play area

  1. Arthur Roberts says:

    The cooperation between our village schools is phenominal. The refurbishment of the play area is a lesson to be learned in determined fund raising and coordinated effort. My only wish is that all the various groups within the village would come together and work together on a regular basis, what a village we would have then.

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