On Saturday 20th July 2019 at the Croft & Bishop’s Chester Wood the volunteers that look after the site, headed by Tim Blythe, celebrated the finish of the renovation of the site, as well as some new items, which included a stone sculpture of The Gruffalo and the Stone Circle, by holding a Picnic & Play event. Reverend Michael, on behalf of the church and Neville Norcross, on behalf of Croston Together opened the proceedings within the Stone Circle.
Families were encouraged to bring their picnic and rugs and join in the different forms of play. There were the Wildwood Day team, toasting marshmallows as well as other child friendly activities. Lego Masters were there too encouraging children to build a model to enter a competition. Dan McDermot was there helping to make nettle bracelets etc. Croston Netball were showing how to play netball for both adults and children. Croston Scouts had numerous outdoor games for all ages to play together. Carolyn Blythe showed us how to play Hotscotch on the new pitch. Even The Gruffalo had a chair for parents or grandparents to read the book to the children or adults. At one time there was a very competitive game of Boules being played within the Stone Circle, I couldn’t possibly tell you who won!
Great fun was had by all and it helped to show families how the area can now be used. Thank you to Croston Together, St Michaels & All Angels for funding part of the renovation work and also a big thank to all the volunteers that helped on the day to make it a great success, we couldn’t have done it without you.