Village play park given much needed refurb

Ruth Dashwood officially opens the new play park in Farthinghoe, which has been named after her family. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-162918001
Ruth Dashwood officially opens the new play park in Farthinghoe, which has been named after her family. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-162918001

Residents in Farthinghoe have worked together to help raise £40,000 to help refurbish the village’s play park.

A number of mothers in the Northamptonshire village set up The Farthinghoe Children’s Playpark Committee back in 2013, after the previous 
equipment had been used at the site on Clarks Lane for more than 15 years.

The new play park in Farthinghoe at its official opening last Friday. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-151639001

The new play park in Farthinghoe at its official opening last Friday. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-151639001

And with a budget of £40,000, obtained through grants from Viridor Credits, South Northamptonshire District Council, district councillor Ron Sawbridge MBE and the village’s parish council, the committee was able to completely refurbish the 
entire area.

Now known as Dashwood Playpark, it was officially opened to the public last Friday by Mrs Ruth Dashwood, whose family kindly donated the plot of land for the park.

John Grant, chairman of Farthinghoe Parish Council, said: “The villagers of Farthinghoe have been wonderful in their support and have performed fund raising which has been amazing and developed a wonderful family atmosphere throughout the village.

“But again without the 
vision and hard work of 
Rachael Boyd, Jenny Johnston, Beste Bragg & Louise Reid, the dream would not have come to fruition.”

Children in Farthinghoe enjoyed the new play park in the village at its official opening last Friday. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-151616001

Children in Farthinghoe enjoyed the new play park in the village at its official opening last Friday. Picture by Steve Sneath of Mute Swan Photography. NNL-151027-151616001