Swinging into action for group

Children at Woodhouse PrimarySchool, Rastrick with their cheque for the Woodhouse Play Area.
Children at Woodhouse PrimarySchool, Rastrick with their cheque for the Woodhouse Play Area.

A parent and community group is gathering momentum in its quest to repair a children’s play area.

Woodhouse Lane play area is in need of an uplift so the group, who know each other through nursery and Woodhouse Primary School, decided to do something about it.

Pupils have been doing their bit to support the group by raising funds for the area.

Clare Dooley, from the school, said: “As part of our school market place project, we made Frozen-themed games to make a profit.

“The children in 2H and 4R then decided to use their profit of £161 to help raise funds for the local Woodhouse Lane Park improvement project.”

The group’s aim is to create a modern, accessible, multi-age play facility and community space. The wish list includes provision for young, primary school and older children, seating/benches, a community garden, outdoor gym items and provision for the young at heart.

The Calder Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team has also shown its support for improvements.

In a letter to the group PC Chris Madden said: “West Yorkshire Police’s Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team wholly supports the project proposed for Woodhouse Lane play area.

“The location of the site is not an issue as it already exists but its development would provide better facilities and somewhere for parents or guardians to take their children to play in a safe environment.

“Should the development take place, patrols of the area would be incorporated into our beat plan so local officers would make regular visits to the site, especially in the evening, at weekends and during school holidays (times when we receive most calls relating to anti social behaviour.”

Fundraising activities have been planned for next month with an Easter egg quest organised for Monday, April 6, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

It will cost just £1 to enter and there will be some refreshments available on the day, It is being supported by Sainsbury’s and Londis, who have donated eggs and prizes. All money raised on the day will go to Woodhouse play area

On April 19 a Basically Awesome Hair and Facepainting Day will take place at Basically Hair in Wharf Street, Brighouse.

To book a place, call 01484 401462

For more details about the events and how to support the group, visit www.woodhouseplayarea.co.uk.