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Charlton Musgrove Play Area is located in Barrow Lane (Postcode: BA9 8HN), opposite St John’s Chapel and Cemetery, and should be accessed via the pedestrian gate from Barrow Lane. The Play Area is owned by the Mackintosh Foundation and operated by the Parish Council.
The Parish Council have recently reviewed the long term future maintenance of this area, largely prompted by the ‘retirement’ of the person who has almost singlehandedly mowed it for years, without any payment. This has kept the cost of having a play area down to a reasonable level but now we need your help to continue to do so.
Ideally this would be a group of volunteers who would organise a rota amongst themselves, keeping the grass mowed to a suitable length throughout the summer and possibly some occasional strimming around the installed equipment.
If you would like to volunteer to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org; all equipment and training will be provided.
Unless members of the community or users of the play area come forward to support during next year, the Parish Council will have to seriously consider the future of this area and any escalation in the costs involved in its maintenance.
Equipment. There are three swings, and two goal screens which can be used for football, netball, cricket and target practice. The following organisations and events have contributed to the Play Area, and in particular the purchase of equipment:
- The Mackintosh Foundation
- Charlton Musgrove Memorial Hall Trustees
- Village Plant Sale
- Jubilee Party
- Village Xmas Party
- Jazz in the Barn
Future Plans. Funds are available from recent Village Annual Flower and Produce Shows to provide more equipment over the coming years; plans include the provision of seating and tables.
Maintenance. Maintaining the play area requires a team of village volunteers routinely to cut the grass and carry-out strimming when necessary. Currently there are two people carrying out these duties, and volunteers are always welcome to reduce the burden. Occasionally working parties are required. Anyone interested in helping out should contact the Parish Council here.
Inspection. The Play Area is formally inspected each year by an independent consultant. Inspections are also carried-out by the Parish Council during the year. Please report any damage or inappropriate use of the Play Area to the Parish Council here.