Newsletter for the 2021 season
Everyone at Bournstream sends their best wishes for a healthy & happy year ahead!
Our 2021 season opens from Tuesday, 18th May onwards - when the new season padlock code will be "1939."
As we will still be under some Covid restrictions all the guidelines on our website "home" page will still apply please.
Grass cutting will still happen every other Monday, roughly 10am to 4pm - so you may want to avoid that day!
We can welcome special school groups back, in term time, but have decided to play it safe over possible numbers by having to say no to birthday parties or other larger groups for this season only.
We must thank the Barnwood Trust for their ongoing support by funding our new mower for this coming season, Cotswold Tyndale Rotary for sponsoring a month's grass cutting & a big thank you to Renishaw Plc for help with our overall running costs.
Also, our thanks go to the Wotton Lions Club & Wotton Roundtable for all their hard work & support.
Plus, Ian Pullen for yet more wood bark & play sand too!
Special thanks from last season - for their generosity & encouragement - go to Sam Watts for his sponsored walk & enabling us to commission Andy O'Neil ( of Wild Wood carving ) to make Terry-the-tortoise! Andy also donated three oak hedgehogs, for you to find, & a beautiful leaf-shaped seat.
These all live near the upper play house - when you explore - near to the wildlife mural which the Bristol artist, Dave Bain, has restored. It shows all the birds & animals who share Bournstream with us.
Sam's donation also bought our latest giant hammock for relaxing under the cherry trees!
We must also hugely thank the Ewing family for their amazing, family donation to the play site - which we used to replace the daring crossing bars over the water play! Also, for loads of bird nesting boxes & a new, mystery wood carving to discover?
"How beautiful Bournstream is - & such a peaceful, safe place for so many of us. And I just want it to keep on being there." Louise.
One of our loyal volunteers, Iain & his son Rory, have made & donated many of the other bespoke nest boxes for robins, blue tits & tree creepers. Do try to spot them - & their parent birds coming & going! And may be bring your binoculars & notebooks to list them all?
IF you couldn't get to Bournstream in the shortened 2020 season, then you will also find a new see-saw, decorated wagon cover & a new, giant green hammock!
- Do please check our Covid guidelines before next coming - both over precautions & certain restrictions, like limiting your time & sticking to one car per family only please.
- Lock all gates immediately behind you - & don't let children play with the cable padlocks.(see note below on damage)
- Take all your rubbish away with you please - including nappies & other litter.
- Put all play vehicles away under cover.
- Please report any damage, padlock problems or any other concerns via our website - it helps us to know.
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.
DAMAGE & extra cost:
- Last season we suffered flooding in the toilet house, sabotaged padlock codes & a badly bent hammock stand.
- All these may well have been due to inadequate supervision & have cost us money to repair or replace.
- Please look after Bournstream - as we do - for everyone to enjoy safely whenever they come.
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!
Shop on AmazonSmile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/297220-0, and Amazon donates a small percentage to Bournstream Trust For The Disabled, at no extra cost to you. It all adds up - as does Gift Aid on personal donations.
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!
Mark Pasco & Sarh Kamm
Secretary for the Bournstream Trust
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 2021 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 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!"
"There is a great spirit of giving of time and energy with everyone."
"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.