A play and picnic site
for children with special needs

A place that can
help us all relax


Bournstream Spring Newsletter 2022 season

Bournstream play site opens from Saturday, 19th March.
The padlock code number for both gates & toilet is 2319.

Major changes to note:
To give families using the play site more safe space it has been decided that we will not be allowing parties or extra guests. The only exception will be for special schools & support groups, under certain guidelines & by pre-booking.
Please come to the play site in one vehicle only.

Some important reminders:

  • Always accompany children to the toilet.
  • Report any damage or padlock problems.
  • Lock all gates behind you for safety.
  • Put all metal vehicles away, under cover.
  • Do not leave donated toys or trikes without asking us.
  • Take all your rubbish home, including nappies.
  • Remember that the pond beyond the water play has deep water.

Please help us to keep the play & picnic site safe & fun for everyone coming to play.

We enjoy much brilliant financial support from local groups, County-wide organisations like Barnwood & companies like Renishaw. In addition, many people give their time, as volunteers, to repair, run & enhance Bournstream.

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We hope you can continue to find Bournstream to be the "safe adventure" it was created for.

Sending our best wishes & we look forward to you coming back,
The Bournstream Team


Special thanks from us all to Steve Wytchard for the outdoor paint, to Ian Pullen & Tree Management for wood bark, to Geoff Richardson & Wotton Lions Club, to the 1970 Trust, the Barnwood Trust amp;& Renishaw's plc Charity Committee for their ongoing & generous support.

New for the 2022 season

  • our refurbished toilet house as you enter the play site - thanks to Wotton Lions!
  • the new giant nest swing & high hammock between the cherry trees
  • our relocated low hammock in the sand pit - & new summer mural to come!
  • the climbing wall on the far wooden pyramid tower
  • our re-strung swing horses on the wagon


You may want to consider wearing a "sunflower lanyard" (showing a hidden disability for your child) to raise awareness when out and about. They are free & with no need to prove a disability. Google "sunflower lanyard" for more details. Sometimes it can be a public sign when others need to be more patient and understanding.


Last season we had a 'short fall' of about £1500 (on our usual donations/groups/joining fees) so please support us in any fundraising you know of - or mention our project to possible sponsors please.
We have leaflets & a pull-up banner we can let folk use to fly the flag at events - if you just ask us about borrowing it!

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Or you may choose to support us this season with a donation yourselves - our Lloyds Bank account is 02622431 & sort code 30-98-29. Please title it "2021 appeal" so we can keep tabs. Many thanks if you can help.

"Thank you for being there." Louise.

Thanks for catching up by reading all this and sending you our best wishes, we can't wait for you to be able to come back to play together!

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."

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.

"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!"


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"There is a great spirit of giving of time and energy with everyone."

Wooden Table at the Park


"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.

The Gallery

I find it very difficult to go to local parks or playgrounds with the boys when I'm on my own.

The Hive

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.

Bournstream - rooted in play.