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St Tudy Playing Field Playground


Our wish is to redevelop the playground in memory of Claire, a mother of 4 children and pre-school manager. Claire was an inspiration to many and a good friend to many in the area. Claire suddenly and tragically passed away and is already much missed. This redevelopment would encourage children to have more outdoor play and to engage with each other rather than using computers, play stations and phones. Nationally children can be spending 6 hours a day in devices according to a recent report broadcast on Woman’s Hour.

Our goals:

  • We want to replace an old out of date playground with a safe, exciting outdoor play area and equipment that provides fun and challenges for the children of our community.
  • There is no disabled equipment and there are children in the parish that are disabled and cannot access the equipment. They have to sit and watch in their wheelchairs. Those adults with mobility issues also cannot help their children play. We want to change this.
  • We want to provide space for pre-schoolers and primary school pupils to have veg patches so they can start to grow their own fruit and veg. A small area will be set aside to encourage wildlife especially bees and wild flowers.
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How we will achieve our goals

The Playing Field was established in 1932 with the small playground established in the 1970s. One or two pieces of equipment were replaced over the last 10 years but some of the equipment is really very tired. There is great desire to redevelop the playground by everyone in the parish. The One Family Foundation Community Award would make a huge difference and enable this project to be implemented with key pieces of equipment.

Where the money will go

The playground will provide a safe space and high-quality play equipment that will facilitate quality family time. Children will be able to play outdoors, learn to share, to play together and to have fun. The playground is easily reached in the village and new disabled access will allow everyone to join in. This will be an all year round facility and will be especially valuable after school and in holiday time.

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Jeremy Nothcott- a tribute

14 September 2017

A few days ago Jeremy Northcott, Secretary of the Playing Field Trust passed away, Jeremy was the re…

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Claire and her family

14 September 2017

Here is a lovely photo of Claire and Dan with their children on the beach. This lovely photo was tak…

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Great idea. Claire would have loved this and loved to see the kids outdoors having fun x

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    The village playground is so very tired and in desperate need of a complete over haul. This would be so welcome to my family having 2 daughters aged 3 and 10 years as well as professionally as i work at st.Tudy preschool and we regularly visit the park as part of our sessions and have lovely picnic’s there but is becoming increasingly challenging as some of the equipment is unsafe for tiny ones.

  3. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Claire was an inspiration to children in St.Tudy and the surrounding areas. I new playground in are memory would be ideal.

  4. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Claire would be sooo proud and happy to see this acheived. ??.

  5. Posted on August 9, 2017

    VOTED!- I hope you meet your goal.

  6. Posted on August 10, 2017

    We are so pleased to see this is starting to happen, the park is getting quite dangerous now with all the potholes and no matting, be lovely for future generations to enjoy a safe and fun environment as have the many generations before them! We use the park area a lot with 3 small children and are very excited to see this project completed! Thank you ?

  7. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Thank you for voting – we are fundraising to make a difference and this One Family Grant is a wonderful opportunity but we do need you to share the info and encourage everyone to vote. Please help us win as many votes as possible. Many thanks.

  8. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Thank you , please spread the word and ask as many as possible to vote.

  9. Posted on August 11, 2017

    Thank you, it would be wonderful to secure this funding so please share and encourage folk to vote ( 18 and over of course)

  10. Posted on August 12, 2017

    This is much needed in the area, new play equipment will encourage active play and fun! Good luck!

  11. Posted on August 14, 2017

    What a fantastic asset this would be for the local community. It is so important to encourage children to be out of doors and active, and as the mother of two young children I know how difficult this can be, so having the new equipment would be brilliant. I also feel really strongly that opportunities for young children to grow their own fruit and veg are vital in forming healthy, responsible and respectful adults – another great idea.

  12. Posted on August 14, 2017

    Voted and I wish you every success in achieving a new playground as a tribute to Claire..

  13. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Hope it wins ❤️

  14. Posted on August 17, 2017

    Good luck. Hope you win the funding, it’s a really good cause. X

  15. Posted on August 19, 2017

    Wish you every success.

  16. Posted on August 20, 2017

    This is such a worthwhile project; children in rural areas deserve high quality play equipment as much as those in the towns and cities. This project will provide a facility for the full spectrum of the community’s children to play and interact with each other, supported by their adults. Good luck – I hope you are successful in your bid!

  17. Posted on August 21, 2017

    Thanks very much for your support – it is much appreciated. Please keep sharing with friends and family- each vote will make a difference.

  18. Posted on August 21, 2017

    This is an excellent project and I really hope you gain funding for the equipment.

  19. Posted on August 22, 2017

    fantastic project, I wish you all the best.

  20. Posted on August 23, 2017

    The playground equipment is very old and worn. There are never enough swings to go around, and there is absolutely nothing for the disabled children in the village. It would be lovely to see some new and exciting equipment to encourage the children to the park instead of spending so much time indoors on electronics. I know my 10 year old would benefit enormously. Claire would be proud and pleased to see this project go ahead. Thank you and this has my vote!

  21. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Thank you – you are so correct and we are doing all we can to change this! Keep asking people to vote – again this can make such a difference to all ages and abilities.

  22. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Thank you so much. Please ask your friends and family to support.

  23. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Rural children often do not have the access to safe and accessible outdoor play spaces available to urban populations. It is every child’s right to be able to play in safe creative and stimulating spaces to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Where equal access to such spaces is denied disabled children, parents and grandparents become isolated and marginalised from their wider community. This bottom up community led project offers excellent value for money and will provide long lasting and wide reaching benefits to children, families and the wider community.
    I support St Tudy’s important project as I believe it will
    challenge social isolation in a rural community
    promote and enhance the holistic development of children
    support the interactions between generations
    Improve the health of children and their families
    Evidence of consultation and genuine support from community stakeholders

  24. Posted on August 24, 2017

    Good luck, my wholehearted support to a wonderful project.

  25. Posted on August 24, 2017

    Best of luck. I know it takes a lot of sustained effort to improve a park.

  26. Posted on August 25, 2017

    Well done to all those kind people giving their time and energy into promoting such a needy cause for the young and the future of St Tudy. Sue

  27. Posted on August 29, 2017

    Good luck. The playground is such a disappointment in this lovely village & definitely needs upgrading. It would be a wonderful tribute to Claire

  28. Posted on August 30, 2017

    Desperately in need of new equipment. Good luck!

  29. Posted on August 31, 2017

    This is a lovely idea. It is so important that children get outside as much as possible and have access to interesting and stimulating environments which encourage social interaction away from the screens of today. A fitting tribute to Claire who was obviously devoted to the well being of many children.
    I wish you all the best in making this project happen. Louise (Watson) x.

  30. Posted on August 31, 2017

    Hi Many thanks for your support!

  31. Posted on August 31, 2017

    An excellent project – fully support. Mike Thomas – Helston

  32. Posted on September 1, 2017

    my grandchildren love the outdoors the playing field is very tied

  33. Posted on September 2, 2017

    Voted – I hope you reach the goal and the little ones can enjoy the playground. St Tudy is one of my favourite
    Places .

  34. Posted on September 2, 2017

    Really important for the community of St Tudy. A fitting tribute to a wonderful person.

  35. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Anything to help family life today is more than worthwhile and fully justified. Well done St Tudy.

  36. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Voted and Shared, Good Luck St. Tudy

  37. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Good Luck

  38. Posted on September 4, 2017

    What a wonderful tribute in Claire’s memory. This must happen. Would vote a million times if I could. Good luck. Spent 17 years working at St Tudy School, watching the equipment deteriorate.

  39. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Important in this day and age that children get outdoor activities – playing fields are great for making friends, having a kick ab bout – but most of a safe place to play and enjoy

  40. Posted on September 4, 2017

    This Fantastic Project and this great community spirit will triumph. I’m sure, with Gods help Claire will be guiding you every step of the way, I’m sure you will also get supporting votes from afar.

  41. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Although I don’t live in St Tudy, I have seen the tired, outdated equipment on my visits. I have voted to support the project for my 6 great, great grand nephews, nieces and the many children in the village.
    Good Luck!

  42. Posted on September 5, 2017

    We hope the old equipment is kept in service too.

  43. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Best of Luck St Tudy Playing Fields from the Cornwall County Playing Fields Association (CCPFA) We have shared this with our 220 members so fingers crossed. Please keep us updated so that we can show how working together can benefit everyone.
    [email protected]

  44. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Hi thank you for your vote , and yes we want to make as much exciting play space as we can so will explore this if fortunate enough to win.

  45. Posted on September 5, 2017

    I am particularly struck by the plan to make the play area disabled-friendly to both children AND disabled carers, so they can interact with their children. Also, to have planned to have effectively a community allotment AND a wild flower – bird – beastie area puts this proposal far ahead of the rest. St Tudy deserves this community-led initiative as they have demonstrated by taking over the village shop when it was threatened with closure where 99% of other communities would simply have resigned to the inevitable – but not St Tudy ! My vote is definitely for this proposal. The play area will be well used.

  46. Posted on September 5, 2017

    We have worked with St Tuby for several years delivering outdoor play and forest school. The children and whole community would benefit from this hugely. Please vote and share. X

  47. Posted on September 5, 2017

    My family and I increased you vot count by 4 this morning. I will be asking the other members of my family and friends to join me in supporting this very worthy campaig.
    Best wishes for the 16hrs

  48. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Give these kids good memories of their childhood in St Tudy and Claire. Leon &Ann Wagstaff

  49. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Good Luck! Hope you win! Ellie

  50. Posted on September 6, 2017

    It would be good if plans for the playground could be compatible with the school, allowing the children to use the play equipment during school breaks.

  51. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Thanks yes, the school are part of the Committee and will be involved , active play is very important and we want children to be able to get the most for our ambitious plans. A recent article in the Sunday Times advised parents to get “mean with the screens” especially during holidays and weekends.
    Child behaviour expert Noel Janis Norton says there is plenty of research to show that too much screen time can increase anxiety, make children unco-operative and can eat away at their confidence.

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