New play equipment at Fosse Meadows has been met with approval by a class of primary school children.
The new slide, carousel and zip line at the popular Sharnford site was installed by Blaby District Council, majority owners of the meadows.
Children from Sharnford Primary School were asked what type of equipment they preferred, with a zip line by far the most popular choice.
As a thank you for their help the class were invited to play with the new equipment before the end of the school term.
Chairman of the District Council, Marian Broomhead and Councillor Sheila Scott joined in with the children in having a go on the zip wire.
Councillor Scott, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure Services said:
“It is a pleasure to have this 142 acre site within both my ward and my portfolio. This site is available to dog walkers, horse riders and walkers, as well as being a lovely day out for families.
“I am delighted to see how much enjoyment the children got from using the new equipment in the meadows’ play area. This helps Fosse Meadows reputation for being fun for all the family throughout the year and is free to everyone.”
Fosse Meadows is a 142 acre site in Sharnford with extensive paths through flower meadows and newly planted woodlands.
The site also includes places for bird watching, a permissive bridleway and a permanent orienteering course.
There is a car park, picnic area and two wheelchair friendly gates.
For more information on the meadows visit www.blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.
Two Good Neighbour Schemes are launching in June to help improve the quality of life for the more vulnerable and isolated members of the community.
Working in partnership with the Rural Community Council Leicestershire & Rutland (RCC), Blaby District Council has funded two pilot schemes within the district, in Croft and Sharnford.
Sharnford’s scheme will launch at the Sharnford Jubilee Fete at Sharnford Youth & Community Centre on Sunday 14 June from 12-4pm.
Croft’s scheme will launch a week later, at the Croft Parish Council Fun Day on Winston Avenue Playing Fields, on Saturday 20 June from 1-5pm.
The scheme is a community initiative and will be organised and run by local volunteers who support residents with a range of tasks and activities.
This support could be as small as giving someone a lift to the local lunch club, to collect a prescription or something as simple as changing a lightbulb.
Edwina Grant, Chair Sharnford Good Neighbour Scheme said:
“Whilst there is already a strong network of informal help and support between neighbours in the village of Sharnford; this is about strengthening that network. We want to make sure this kind of support is available to all those in the community, who may from time to time need it.”
Councillor David Freer, Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services said:
“The concept of the schemes is simple and comes down to neighbourliness. The schemes will be a real lifeline to vulnerable members of our communities and will help to reduce isolation and loneliness, particularly in our more rural parishes.”
For more information on the two pilot schemes or to find out more about setting one up in a parish within Blaby District, call 0116 272 7566 or e-mail email@example.com.
A day of family fun and games is taking place at Fosse Meadows, near Sharnford, on Wednesday July 30 to mark Love Parks Week.
Organised by the council’s Health and Leisure Services team, the day will include Xplorer orienteering challenges, music and movement, seated volleyball, arts and crafts, face painting, and a variety of sports activities with a Commonwealth Games theme.
This year, for the first time there will also be a bouncy castle and pony rides.
Councillor Sheila Scott, portfolio holder for Health Improvement and Leisure Services at Blaby District Council, said:
“Love Parks Week has the simple aim of encouraging people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks and green spaces. I hope to see lots of people making the most of this event now the sun is out.”
Love Parks Day runs from 10.30am – 3.30pm and entry to the event is free.
Picnics are welcome and there will be ice cream and hot food on site.
To find out what other activities are taking place this summer, an activities guide for young people in Blaby district can be downloaded at www.sportblaby.org.uk/base-guide.
For full details of activities and events visit www.sportblaby.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 272 7703.