Work due to start on Stray play area

Friends of The Stray, pictured is Rachael Burdin (centre right) with councillors
Friends of The Stray, pictured is Rachael Burdin (centre right) with councillors

WORK to upgrade the play area at The Stray in Lightcliffe will start next Monday.

The play area will include a climbing stone supplied by Marshall at Brookfoot, a free rider, two climbing frames and some swings and it is anticipated to take around two weeks to be completed.

Rand & Asquith has agreed to donate some large boulders for seating and climbing.

The Friends of the Stray have now set a date for the opening event which will take place on Saturday, May 19.

The ribbon cutting will be performed by a child who is selected as the winner from a prize draw. They will also receive a prize donated by Kershaw’s Garden Centre in Brighouse.

The event which will run from 1pm until 3pm will include a performance by Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band. There will also be a silly sports day run by Sainsbury’s in Brighouse.

The police dogs display team will be putting on a show and the group is hoping to get local schools and nurseries involved to put on a celebratory performance on the day.

There will be a raffle to raise funds for future improvements with prizes already donated from Colin’s News and the Home Indian both at Hipperholme, among others.

The new Lightcliffe Tearooms will supply complimentary hot drinks at the new cafe through a voucher scheme.

Banners and posters, donated by Briggs and Priestley, advertising the event will be placed around the area.

The group has also selected six entries from a competition held at Lightcliffe Primary School to design the sign for the play area. Due to the high standard six will be montaged together.

Chairwoman Rachael Burdin said: “We currently have no funding for the opening event and we are dependent on the goodwill of local business, who have so far been really supportive. But anyone else wanting to support the event, be involved or put on a performance we would be grateful.

“Also we still have no confirmation of funding for the goals, but are still pursing.”

Anyone that can help should email