Lottery funding provides play area to Buxton
A state-of-the-art activity area is opening in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens this weekend, thanks to a £49,907 grant from the National Lottery Community Spaces Fund. The grant has transformed an old crazy golf area, which was replaced by Xerscape outdoor gym equipment. The Friends of Pavilion Gardens worked alongside Groundwork UK, who provided funding advice and consulted with park users.
The High Peak Mayor David Lomax will officially open the area on Sunday, June 19. The grand reopening will feature family activities and children's fairground rides.
Cllr Anthony McKeown, Executive Member for Community Services, claimed : “This hugely successful project shows what can be achieved when like-minded organisations work together for the common good. I have no doubt that the new equipment will be very well used, helping promote healthy lifestyles and giving young people new opportunities to have fun with their friends while staying out of trouble."
Chairman of the Friends, Trevor Zoppi was thrilled with developments and said: “The project highlights that local voluntary groups working in partnership with their council can achieve excellent results within local communities,”
Hopefully the weather will remain fine for the opening of the new play area as Buxton was the scene of the infamous cricket match that was halted by snow in June, 1975 .
Elsewhere in lottery land, the 390th Euro millions draw rolled over yet again, meaning nobody won the staggering £82 million jackpot. 10 tickets shared £157,221. Closer to home, Wednesday’s Lotto draw rolled over, although the next estimated jackpot, put at an estimated £6,900,000 seems like Monopoly money to the mighty Euromillions. Buy tickets for both draws online today, and you will be immediately alerted if any of your numbers win. Scoop the next Euromillions jackpot and you could find yourself catapulted straight onto Britain's rich list.
Written by Diana Nubuck
Saturday 18th June 2011
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