Community pulls together for new children’s facility

County councillor Anthony Murray with Jan Casson and children and staff from Sure Start at the opening of the rejuvenated Bryson's Park in Wooler.Ref: JCNG brysonspark 1

County councillor Anthony Murray with Jan Casson and children and staff from Sure Start at the opening of the rejuvenated Bryson's Park in Wooler.Ref: JCNG brysonspark 1

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Different groups from across a north Northumberland community have worked together to provide a new facility for the village’s young people.

The new play park in Bryson’s Park in Wooler was opened officially last Wednesday by the county councillor for the area, Anthony Murray.

Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, he said: “I’m very, very pleased to have been involved in this project.

“Mine has been a small part, but at least I have been able to contribute to what Sure Start has given to this town of ours.

“I hope the young people will really enjoy it to the full.”

Early in 2012, Wooler Parish Council was getting complaints from parents and children about the deteriorating state of the play equipment.

As a result, and with the help of Sure Start children’s community locality manager, Jan Casson, the council applied for and was successful in getting funding from the Awards From All scheme and began looking into replacing all the equipment. Coun Murray offered some of his small schemes’ allowance to be added to the sum.

Work began in August this year and was completed by early September.

It has been very well-received by the parents and the children, many of whom were at last week’s opening along with staff from the Sure Start centre.