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Creative Play Celebrate Opening of New Playground at Rhug Estate

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News Rhug4 | Creative Play Celebrate Opening Of New Playground At Rhug Estate | Creative PlayCreative Play helped celebrate the opening of a new playground we built for the North Wales Rhug Estate of Lord Newborough.

The eighth Baron Newborough asked a group of schoolchildren to be the first to test out the new £11,000 playground which we designed, manufactured and installed.

The Rhug Estate owner and his dog Truffle were at the official opening with pupils from nearby Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy who he invited to give it a no holds barred test run.

Lord Newborough said: “Our aim was to offer a safe, entertaining and durable place for children to play when accompanying their parents to our much loved shop and restaurant facilities.

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“From the cries of enjoyment heard today, I think we have achieved our goal. I am sure it will become an extremely popular and welcome addition to Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop and one which I hope will be much enjoyed by families for years to come.”

Developing children’s physical fitness, sporting and cognitive skills is an integral part of the design process at Creative Play, where a team of 100 staff see each development through from consultation, design and manufacture to installation and maintenance.

Creative Play Sales Director David Esser, who attended the special event, said his design team focused on giving the play area a rustic theme in keeping with the farm location and rural environment of Rhug Estate.

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He said: “We felt thrilled and honoured to win this prestigious opportunity to create a new playground for the Rhug Estate farm shop.

“We’ve used our new Jigsaw range of play equipment and coloured them in rustic browns and beige tones which have a nice country feel.

“We’ve concentrated on the four to 11 age group with all abilities in mind, and, in consultation with the Rhug Estate team, selected equipment which our past experience has shown most suit that age range.

“This includes the popular central climbing towers, rope bridges, slides, A-symmetrical stairways, climbing walls and the bison shaped springer seats.

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“The idea is that all the elements can be used by more than one child at any given time so no-one is left out or hanging about waiting for their ‘go’.”

Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy pupils Frank Dafydd, Ilan Roberts and Edward Huw Francis, all aged nine, declared the play area was first class.

Frank said: “I love the bison chairs and having a go on the climbing wall,” while his friend Edward agreed that being a VIP at its opening ceremony was simply ‘the best lesson ever!’

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Their teacher, Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy assistant headmistress, Catrin Phillips, said the school, located in Cynwyd, near Corwen, was honoured to be special guests for the occasion and pupils had been looking forward to it all week.

She said: “The play area has certainly met all their expectations. What is so good about it is that there is something for all ages, no one is left out or unable to participate on the equipment. One of our pupils has cerebral palsy but she was able to join in just as much as all her classmates.

“The bark used as a flooring surface is so soft and safe, and each piece of equipment is quality made, the children are loving it all.

“You can just tell that a lot of thought has been put into the overall design to make it coherent, fun and a great place for children to share the play experience.”

Estate managers at Rhug Estate decided they needed a state-of-the-art amenity to replace the previous playground which needed updating and upgrading.

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Rhug Estate Ltd general manager Graham Webster said: “We had the old play area built some years ago and it was beginning to show signs of wear. We considered repairing it but quickly concluded that a much better option was to start again from scratch and invest in a much more inspiring and modern alternative.

“When the skilled design team from Creative Play visited our site we were immediately impressed with their visionary approach and suggestions for incorporating some bespoke elements.”

“They have subtly included our logo, carved into the central piece of equipment, and the rocker seats, which the younger children really love, are in the shape of our famous wild bison. Finely considered details like this have given the facility the classic Rhug Estate stamp which we were looking for.”

Rhug Estate, owned by Lord Newborough, comprises a 6,700 acres farm in Corwen, plus a further 1,300 acres at Ty Mawr on the Gwynedd coast.

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The farms supply much of the produce for the award-winning shop situated off the A5 at Corwen, Denbighshire. It includes the Rhug Estate organic bison, Welsh lamb, Welsh salt marsh lamb, chicken, geese, turkeys, and Aberdeen Angus beef.

First opened in 2004 the shop has evolved into a prominent local resource and major tourist attraction, stocking more than 2,000 hand selected products with a real focus on Welsh, local and organic suppliers.

Mr Webster said: “Many families stop here for a bite to eat or a coffee as they are passing through. Our outdoor bistro cafe is extremely popular so it was important to us to provide families with a safe place where their younger children in particular can let off steam and be kept happily entertained.”

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Each Creative Play playground is designed to suit the client’s specifications, depending on their budget and location.

All of our equipment is designed and manufactured in Chester by our in house teams, who use state of the art equipment and each specialise in timber, plastic or metal.


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Ysgol Bro Lleu’s Story

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News Ysgolbl1 | Ysgol Bro Lleu'S Story | Creative PlayWelsh football icon applauds his former school as it unveils new £12,000 playground

Welsh international football star Owain Fôn Williams has sent his heartfelt congratulations to his former primary school as it unveiled a new £12,000 playground.

The giant goalkeeper, who plays for Scottish Premiership club Inverness Caledonian Thistle and was one of Wales’ Euro 2016 heroes, said the outdoor facility at Ysgol Bro Lleu in Penygroes, Caernarfon, which was designed, built and manufactured by Chester-based family firm Creative Play, would encourage children to keep active and increase their self-confidence.

The six foot four inch 29-year-old, an accomplished painter who grew up in the village and attended the local school, said he was proud to count himself among its former pupils and said the new ‘first class’ facilities would encourage a new generation of sports stars.

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“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Ysgol Bro Lleu on its fantastic new playground facility which will help to keep children inspired and active during the school day,” he said.

“Ysgol Bro Lleu is a wonderful school and I’m proud to be among its former pupils. This new addition will not only help boost the pupils’ interest in sport and their self-confidence but will ensure they receive plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the fresh Welsh air.

“The school council has played an instrumental role in the design process, incorporating a diverse range of activities and movement challenges to help children practice their coordination skills. Members should be very proud of their achievements which will benefit every pupil at the school.

“With first class facilities such as these, I’m sure there will be lots of new sports stars emerging in the future.”

Spread over a 20 by 25m grass area, the playground stands at the bottom of the school field and was funded via a grant through Tesco’s Bags of Help 5p carrier bag scheme. This charity project sees the supermarket reinvesting money generated from the 5p cost of carrier bags into community projects.

The school was selected for an £8,000 grant but increased its funding to the maximum £12,000 after receiving the most tokens from voting shoppers in-store.

The new play area incorporates no fewer than 15 interactive fitness activities from balance beams and climbing frames through to monkey bars and ropes. It took a week to build and is already a hit with school pupils and young families in the village.

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Creative Play’s Sales Director David Esser, who oversaw the project, said:

“The headteacher, Mr Jones, wanted as much play value as possible. The school had a big grass field for the children to run around in and so we went for 15 different items of Trim Trail which is our core range of playground equipment.

“Everybody was keen to promote physical health and wanted to encourage physical activity in an unstructured way unlike a PE lesson.

“There are chin up bars, a ramp jump, jelly board, moving beam, parallel bars, sit- ups, log walk, tyre crossing, treadmill, climbing wall, A-frame double net, gripped rope walk, vertical twisted net, try-sprung balance beam and a crawling net. It fills a lot of space and is a cost-effective way of providing lots of different sporting activities and maximising value.

“The playground promotes balance and coordination, upper body strength and fine motor skills. It targets a whole range of muscle groups.

“We don’t promote resistance and weight lifting in this age of children it’s about using your own body strength and using different movement skills to keep active.

“A lot of schools find once they introduce playgrounds like this they notice a real increase in the attention span and behaviour in the classroom.”

The 38-year-old from Chester added:

“What is also fantastic is that the headteacher has taken the view to actually promote it and allow children to use the equipment in the evenings and at weekends so the whole community benefits.”

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Headteacher Gerallt Jones said the school had wanted to create a focal community area where children could not only play and learn but families could spend time together.

“We tried to involve as many people as possible from staff members and those who live in the community through to the after school club, the nursery and the school council,” said the 34-year-old, who lives in Caernarfon.

“We never expected such a huge impact. We’ve had children from the secondary school coming down to have a go. We now realise that we might need some more tables and chairs down there so that hopefully when the summer arrives it’ll be a place where people can enjoy picnics and become a real community asset.

“We want to encourage parents to get together with other families and get to know one another.

“Creative Play provided the best value quote for the new play area. The school council put together a wish list of what everybody wanted and the design of the play area stemmed from there.

“We went for a fitness theme as there’s a really big push nationally to tackle obesity. We wanted to improve the area and promote health, fitness and sport within the school. One way we could do this was to create a multi-activity play area.

“We’re made up with the end product. It tackles so many muscle groups in a fun way. The children don’t realise they’re having a work out at all.”

Rhun Lloyd, who is in year six and chairman of the School Council added:

“We love our new playground, it’s amazing! There are so many activities we can try. It’s fun and helps us to keep fit too. We really enjoyed helping to choose the equipment and the locations.”

News Ysgolbl4 | Ysgol Bro Lleu'S Story | Creative PlayGerallt was delighted to receive the seal of approval from former pupil and footballing hero Owain Fon Williams.

“It’s fabulous that Owain is genuinely excited about the new playground at his former school,” he said.

“When he finished in the Euro Championships, he came back to the school and donated three shirts for our auction. He’s still really close to the village and it’s fantastic to receive his support as a sportsman and a role model for the pupils.”

Gerallt, who has worked at the school for the past two years, congratulated staff, pupils and their families for pulling together to secure the grant funding.

“Everyone in the community from friends, parents and family members visited Tesco stores to vote for us,” he said.

“Staff and parents put it out on Facebook so people voted for us. In the end, we won the maximum grant of £12,000.”

The school’s new facility is so popular that teachers are currently in the process of timetabling break times to accommodate the 206 pupils at different times.



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Help our Director James to Raise Money for Countess of Chester Hospital’s Respiratory Team

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News Jamesevent2 | Help Our Director James To Raise Money For Countess Of Chester Hospital'S Respiratory Team | Creative PlayLast year one of the Directors of Creative Play spent a long time in the care of the fantastic nurses, doctors and consultants of the respiratory ward in the Countess of Chester Hospital.

James has only recently been fully discharged, and after having moments of thinking he wouldn’t ever get of out of there, let alone run or climb again, they managed to fix him!

Due to this James has decided to enter a number of mountain marathons and races this year as a thank you to the respiratory team.

James would like to try and raise as much money for the ward as he can, because without their hard work, he wouldn’t be able to do this.

So far James has entered into the Excalibur Mountain Marathon In May, the Snowdon Mountain Race in July and Glen Coe Ring of Steall race in September and will continue to enter other events that arise.

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James would really appreciate your help in raising as much money as possible to support the wonderful work they do.

See below some information about the ward and what the money James is wanting to raise will contribute to.

About Countess of Chester Hospital’s Respiratory Team

The Countess of Chester Hospital has a dedicated Respiratory unit team which consists of four consultants supported by a team of medical staff, Specialist Nurses and a Physiotherapist. The Respiratory Fund is used to purchase equipment and fund courses for staff which are over and above core NHS funding. There is an outpatient service as well as an impatient ward care.

The Countess Charity exists not to fund patient care, but to enhance and improve it by providing grants for projects that our clinical colleagues have identified and that are over and above those provided by core NHS funding. The community’s generous support will enable them to ensure that they continue to provide the very best facilities for future patients at their hospital.

Recent improvements include:

  • New patient chairs for the Stroke Unit
  • A new television for patients at Ellesmere Port Hospital
  • Refurbishment of the Children Theatre Recovery Area
  • A portable Cardiac Scanner
  • New sofas for parents in the Neonatal Unit

If you would like to contribute to such a great cause and help James to help the hospital that bought him to recovery, click the link below.

All donations are hugely appreciated and we will keep you updated with all the events James takes part in!

Click here to go to James’ JustGiving Page

Thank you in advance.

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