Llangors play park was open for visitors on Saturday morning, July 10th 2021, so they could see and enjoy the changes that have been made to the area over the past few months. Children were treated to a variety of activities and games such as planting sun flower seeds, hand and feet painting, chasing bubbles, kicking ball, hoola hoops and  climbing, all in beautiful sunshine. Thanks to Charlie and Laura Thomas, Laura East for helping with the activities. 

Ailsa Dunn and Alison Eagle were on duty at the entrance gates to welcome the visitors and take names and contact details for the Government ‘Track and Trace’, a familiar feature now at events in line with Coronavirus Regulations. Thanks to both for undertaking this important task. 

Also, capturing all visitors at the entrance with a raffle, were the Quarrell family, headed up by Ordrith, who sold over £100’s worth of raffle tickets. Well done to the three of you.

Teas, coffee and soft drinks were provided free of charge by Anne Evans and Avril Guinan. Thanks to both. 

There was a display at the refurbished ‘round house’ detailing the history of how and when the house was built, together with some very interesting photos of the adults and children involved in making the base and the thatching. Gosh, how people have changed over the past 20 years!

Another display showed a plan of the play area, with an assortment of play equipment, which had been designed by Playdale a number of years ago. Names were taken of people who wanted to form a sub committee to take the project forward to the next phase.

Visitors were also able to see the progress to the community shop, which is sited on the other side of the community centre. Two containers had been placed in situ the previous day, so it was possible to envisage what the shop might look like. Some of the committee members were on hand to explain the recent developments and answer any questions as well as sell shares and gain more volunteers.

People were also treated to the new boules pitch which had been constructed on the old village hall site with some brave people deciding to give it a go! A set of Boules will be available in the community shop for people to use if they don’t have their own set.

It was wonderful to see so many families with young children come along and enjoy the morning. It was the first event that had been organised in the village for over 18 months. Covid restrictions were adhered to with all activities taking place outdoors and social distancing adhered to. A total of £235 was raised on the day from the raffle and donations. Many thanks to all who gave money so generously. I hope you enjoyed the day.

It is clear that the Community Hub is beginning to take shape. 

Melrose East

July 2021