Published on 2nd July 2013

lake surrounded by trees and shrubs

Last year the Friends of Hatherley Park secured £1,860 from the council through the Community Pride Fund to help deliver the ‘swingin' in the rain’ project.

The project has enabled the installation of a pod swing and safety matting.

To celebrate these improvements, a picnic in the park has been arranged for Sunday 7 July, from 3pm and 6pm at Hatherley Park, at which the pod swing will be officially opened.

Lorna Robson; chair of the Friends of Hatherley Park, said: “We are keeping our fingers tightly crossed for sunny weather on Sunday and that we'll be swingin in the sunshine, not rain! We have been very fortunate to receive funding for this project. The swing will be a popular attraction in our busy park and I'm sure there will be long queues at first. A local ukulele band are going to play during the afternoon and homemade refreshments will be available to purchase. Children can have their faces painted whilst they wait for a turn on the swing!”

Councillor Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability, added: “We have been working with the Friends group for many years and we’re really pleased with these new improvements and hope that the new swing will be enjoyed by young visitors.”

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