BOURNSTREAM play site OPENING.
The play & picnic site will open from Saturday, 4th July - in line with Government advice on outdoor playgrounds.
We regret we will NOT be able to take NEW JOINERS in 2020.
As Bournstream is not staffed we must ask all users to follow the guidelines - to take full responsibility - in line with the declaration you made in signing our joining form.
- Please bring gloves & antiseptic cleaner/gel for all hard surfaces - gates/padlocks & all toilet areas - before and after use.
- Respect other users' space at all times & observe social distancing of 2 metres.
- Please restrict your visit to one vehicle only - meaning only one family unit - & for no more than two hours.
- No parties, groups or schools class groups will be allowed this season.
- If the car park is FULL - only use the lay-by to wait for someone else to leave the play site.
- Close, lock and clean all gates immediately behind you.
- Please take all wipes, gloves and other rubbish away with you to dispose of.
- Contact us via our website contact page with any queries or concerns.
We need everyone to think of others please, to follow these guidelines which have been carefully considered, so that we can
re-open for space and play - but most especially so that we can all keep safe and well.
We hope the play site continues to give families and youngsters the freedom they most need.
Thank you for abiding fully by these guidelines.
The Bournstream Trust Committee.
Some useful Reminders
Following a serious road accident near the lay-by we need to remind everyone using the play site to always park inside the main gate, in our car park, for safety.
Bournstream continues to flourish - with amazing support & lots of demand - but we do sometimes need to give everyone some important reminders!
Over safety, we have created a bit more safe parking inside our boundary - please always come in to park there - & be really careful if turning right on to the main road when leaving.
Our numbered padlocks cost £17 each - so please look after them & ensure they don't get played with or dropped. (for adult use only there are always some spare padlocks up behind the toilet house door, to replace a broken one for safety please.) Every season it takes time & money to sort out odd bits of damage (or stuff going missing ) - so we would rather everyone was honest enough to let us know, then it's not so horrid for others arriving to find things wrong.
Bournstream runs entirely on donations so we need to spend wisely & make it go further!
Supervising all those children in your care includes you opening the toilet house & supervising there too.
Special school groups & parties are also given these notes to abide by - sorry to sound fussy but we really do need everyone's help.
Always close & lock the gates behind you straight away & report any problems over padlocks.
Take your rubbish away with you & leave things tidy & the vehicles under cover please.
"It was lovely to see all the improvements that have been made to the playground since we have last visited, and how much the trees, planted in memory of Ben, have grown. It is still an amazing place, thanks to all your hard work and dedication, and we are sure Barbara Saxton would be so proud to see it as it is today."
NEWSLETTER for the 2020 season
New season THANKS
Every season at Bournstream we must thank a wide variety of local groups, individual donors & loyal supporters for their contributions - in every way imaginable - in donating their time, skills & money.
Many people champion the play site with their fundraising or recommend it to their company or friends to donate to.
But of course lots of people give to us in very different ways.. ..from the Cotswold Wardens laying hedges, the Round Tablers planting trees, to the Scouts shifting 2 tonnes of play sand, a Dad fixing the road gate with his welding or the joining volunteers showing new families over.
Our team of volunteers welcome new members, coordinate the day-to-day running, give talks, raise money,cut hedges, mend vehicles, do odd jobs & ensure hundreds of children each year have somewhere unique to come & play! All this helps the play site to continue to provide the "safe adventure" it has always hoped to give to children & young people.
We must especially thank our near-neighbour Peter Gadsden, the Edith Strain Nursing Trust & the 1970 Trust for being such long-term & loyal partners. Also, Pete Roberts (Clarendon Press ), Ian Pullen ( Tree Management ), Wayne Fifield (Soils ), Wotton's Lions Club, Round Table & Pathfinder Scouts and their dedicated leaders.
Our special thanks go to Jon Jones and the Masonic Lodge charity - as well as the Gloucestershire Disability Fund - for helping us fund a major make-over for the popular water play area - with safe, widened access pathway & robust new fencing surround.
We have also received generous donations from Battledown School, Iain Dunbar, Waitrose supermarket token scheme and the Barnwood Trust.
So many people give, in different ways, to help maintain and enhance the play site for everyone who comes to enjoy its space, freedom and fun!
"I would like to thank you all for the many wonderful hours we have spent at Bournstream this year. No matter how many times we visit, or how long we stay, my daughter is never ready to leave!"
We must thank the Woodland Trust (for tree & hedge saplings) & our volunteers led by Wotton Round Tablers for all the planting.
Other essential tree & hedging work has been done by our friends from the Cotswold Wardens led by Noel Banks.
Donations to help maintain & enhance the play site have also come from the Heaven of the South event, North Nibley music festival, Redcliffe Homes & the United Reformed church in Wotton.
Money has also come from talks given to various W.I. & other community groups. We are also grateful for donations from families holding children's parties at the play site & the many other donations, big & small, left in the secure box on site!
THANK YOU ALL so very much..
..especially anyone we have forgotten to name.
For the 2020 Season to look out for:
- new fencing & safe access pathway around the water play
- a new giant hammock
- tree & hedge planting around the site
- a new see-saw
- more stepping & sitting logs
- new small trikes & balance bikes
- a colourful new cover on the cowboy wagon
- a new roof for the wildlife Hide
- a sensory walk way with animal sculptures to explore
"There is a great spirit of giving of time and energy with everyone."
Every season Bournstream is brilliantly & loyally supported by so many generous people & such a wide range of community groups – giving their time, their practical skills & their fundraising energies on our behalf.
It truly is what underpins all that Bournstream can provide for disabled children & young people – what makes the play site tick, but equally what helps us to keep adding to the mix in new, challenging & colourful ways.
Record numbers of families joined us last season – confirming the need & demand for "a safe adventure", as it has long been called!
Amongst the very many generous donations were several in memory of departed loved ones, large & small amounts from local community groups (from schools to rugby juniors, dance classes to companies) – as well as two loyal Trusts, who have been our long-term sponsors.
Thank you to everyone who has given, in whatever way, to maintain & enhance Bournstream's work & play facilities.
"My younger brother has a few disabilities that are not physical and people will often just tar him with the same brush as a child that is just rude and misbehaved.
It is so nice & relaxing to see him able to play & socialise with other children & also sit in the company of adults that see the real him & do not judge him for his behaviour.
My little brother has found great pleasure whilst playing at Bournstream, to see him so relaxed & at ease is a joyful thing in a world where so many people do not understand - & I greatly thank you all for that."
Leanne writing in 2013 to the Bournstream committee.
I find it very difficult to go to local parks or playgrounds with the boys when I'm on my own.
I was overjoyed at finding at finding Bournstream to be able to take them out - they now have somewhere special to go & all the children can be themselves.