HAVE you been to the amazing wooden adventure playground over at Black Park? It’s a huge natural play area in the woods with loads of great equipment, and is one of our favourite places to go for a walk around the lake, a coffee or ice-cream (depending what the weather is doing) and a play in the playground.
Alex and his mates have grown up with the play area there and, at 10 years old, there’s still enough to keep them entertained with assault courses and huge two-man swings plus plenty of sticks and logs to build a ‘den’.
I love how this playground has been designed so that it blends in with the natural surroundings. It’s really tucked away and if we’ve gone early before it fills up with children we’ve often spotted lots of wildlife bustling around inside.
The Emma Sallis Adventure Playground was created in the memory of Emma, who died in 2005, leaving behind her six-month-old daughter.
Emma’s boyfriend and friends raised £50,000 to revitalise the playground, and it’s such a special place. I never knew Emma, but I always think about her when we visit, wondering if her daughter enjoys going there and if Emma is looking down watching all the children in ‘her’ playground.
I WAS so delighted to hear that Hillingdon is getting a new playground in Trevor Crescent over in Ruislip Gardens. It sounds great, with natural wooden play equipment and one of those fab zip wires.
The successful Chrysalis bid was put in by a local mum supported by her ward councillors and other local mums. Well done to you all – it’s fantastic to see another new playground in Hillingdon that generations of children can go on to enjoy.
It’s being opened tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon after school. I hope the weather holds out for you all.
I LOVE going along to watch the Beck Theatre’s annual summer project performance, where local children spend two weeks of their summer holidays in rehearsals for a big show.
The quality is always amazing and every time I’ve been there has been a huge and very well deserved standing ovation.
I can never really believe that it’s only taken two weeks to pull together, as the quality, costumes, sets and, of course, the kids are all amazing.
This year, the show is going to be High School Musical, which I love. I’m hoping I’ll be around to watch it, as I’m ashamed to admit I probably know quite a few of the words.
Alex won’t thank me for revealing it was his car CD of choice for a little while when it first came out six years ago. If you have a child aged nine to 19 who you think might like a go at amateur dramatics and who is available August 12-25 for the two-week project and performances, then why not take them along to the auditions this Sunday, April 29?
You’ll need to get your application form in quickly – apply at www.becktheatre.org.uk.