Blakeney swings into action
Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Health, Housing
Anthea Greenaway (front right) tries out the new swing with Nancy Miller (front left), Rose Peaty (back left), Jane Cordier (stood) and Gillian Higgins (back right).
Blakeney Community Green has swung into action again, this time by adding a new addition to the children’s play area.
The group have joined forces with Two Rivers Housing to secure funding for a new swing for the Community Green. The large birds nest swing has been specially chosen as it can be used by everyone in the community, including those with disabilities. The size and shape of the seat provides greater stability, allowing non-disabled friends or carers to join them on the swing.
Two Rivers Housing’s Jane Cordier managed to secure the group a £1000 grant from the Forest of Dean District Council, which was matched by the Forest of Dean Lions. The rest of the funding was raised through raffles at Blakeney’s Senior Citizens lunch club, organised by Rose Peaty.
The swing has been in place for a few weeks now, and many locals have been able to enjoy it in the sunny weather. Rose Peaty, who has been fundamental in successfully securing the funding, also runs the Otter Holt Café next to the play area. Rose said: “It’s in such a quiet, relaxing spot, I often see people using the swing. The other day, there was a young lady lying on it with her baby, quietly swinging back and forth. She looked so peaceful, it was beautiful to see.”
Anthea Greenaway, who lives next to the Green, has also been able to enjoy the new swing. She had a stroke a number of years ago and it has given her somewhere to relax as well as giving her the opportunity to stay active despite having limited mobility.
Blakeney Community Green and Two Rivers Housing have worked together for several years in a bid for funds to improve village amenities. They have worked together in a number of projects including opening the community café, building a forest path, creating a woodland walk and recently receiving funding for village hall improvements. The groups also raised the funds for the play area initially.