Corby’s Little Ambassadors are helping to make sure that play time isn’t over on the Exeter estate even if the summer holidays by helping Corby mayor Peter McEwan open a re-developed play area.
New play equipment has been installed at an old play area behind the Autumn Centre in Counts Farm Road and consists of a climbing tower, freeride, six swing multi-unit, new ball court markings and a zip line.
It is wonderful that a group of children can see the difference that they have made and can share with other childrenBrenda Easton
The idea for the new play area originated from Inspiring Neighbourhoods’ Little Ambassadors, a young group that deals with community issues within their area, who thought that the youngsters in the Exeter community could benefit from more play equipment.
Funding totalling £25k was secured for the play equipment through WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK.
The funding was granted following initial funds being raised from Corby Council, Northants County Council’s Empowering Councillors Fund via Cllr John McGhee and money raised by the Little Ambassadors themselves through holding their own market stall in the town centre and a fun day on the estate.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN is committed to funding the projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.
“The Exeter Little Ambassadors Project will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun on this new play equipment.
“We’re delighted to have supported Corby Borough Council and the Little Ambassadors to make this happen and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy the new play area.”
Cllr John McGhee said: “I am very pleased that I have been able to use my Empowering Councillors Fund from the county council to help provide this equipment for the Exeter estate.
“These monies along with funding from Corby Borough Council and the Little Ambassadors have secured WREN’s support for the new play area.
“The Little Ambassadors do a great amount of work in their estate, they should be very proud and we hope that they enjoy the new play equipment along with the rest of the community.”
Brenda Easton, director of Inspiring Neighbourhoods CIC, said: “Inspiring Neighbourhood’s Little Ambassadors have amazed us and themselves with the impact they have had in their area.
“It is wonderful that a group of children can see the difference that they have made and can share with other children.”
Beth Hugh, 14, is part of the Little Ambassadors and said: “The park looks great, it has taken a while to work through the process but the end results have been well worth it, it’s amazing to see our plan come to life.”
In honour of the opening, the Little Ambassadors summed up their experience through a poem:
We are Little Ambassadors
And we are here to convey
How happy that we all are
You have joined us here today
We wanted a play area
That everyone can use
A place where we can all have fun
That we will not abuse
Maria and Ellen have helped us
We’ve worked with Brenda and Liz
Councillor McGhee’s on board
And now we’re all in bizz
The ball park was quite messy
We’d need it all cut back
And Corby Borough Council
Put it on their maintenance contract
We wanted a wildlife garden
We needed to get seed
Brenda said that Mick and Bob
Are just the men you need
Now we have all worked very hard
It’s taken quite a while
And with Inspiring Neighbourhoods
We’ve gone the extra mile
Some things were not easy
One thing we did decide
If we really wanted goal posts
We’d have to sacrifice a slide
So after much discussion
Of hands, we did a show
Democracy had won the day
The slide would have to go
We’ve spoken to our MP
We’ve showed the mayor our plan
We asked Hags can you build it
Yes, they said we can
We went to see Wren’s panel
To show them what we’d done
They said we’d set the benchmark
And hearts and minds were won
Now everyone has listened
To what we had t say
And now we know they understand
That we just want to play
So here we are all beaming
Standing tall with pride
To celebrate what can be done
When we work side by side
So you won’t mind us saying
And I’m sure you’ll all agree
As Exeter Little Ambassadors
Inspiring are we