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Round Table step in for Top Barn

Worcester Editorial 19th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

VITAL play equipment stolen from a popular farm has been re-installed after a charitable city group stepped in to help.

Children attending the Bonterre Project at Top Barn Farm in Holt Heath were left gutted after hundreds of pounds worth of equipment was stolen from their activity centre in October last year.

Worcester RoundTable contacted The Observer after reading our article and said they wanted to replace the multi-purpose climbing frame, which was worth about £450.

And the smiles were back on the children’s faces last Friday (August 15) when the RoundTable came along to build the wooden structure, which includes a tower, a slide, monkey bars and two swings.

Paul Valentine, chairman of the group, said: “It is nice to pick up the project again and see it through from a negative situation to where we are now.

“We can now see something that’s adding a benefit to the community, and being involved in the construction of it makes it all even better.

“It’s a high quality wooden structure which has taken a lot more time to assemble than we recently envisaged. It will certainly last a good many years and will help the children’s activities there throughout the rest of the year.”

The RoundTable organises events throughout the year to support city charities and various good causes and Mr Valentine also said he hoped the community group would continue to work with the Bonterre Project.

Managed by Mike Stringer, the project supports young people and educates them in horticulture, gain qualifications and connect them back to the countryside.

“I’m extremely grateful to the RoundTable for their generosity in the donation and for their time and resources in erecting it,” Mr Stringer said.

“I’m now full time on the farm, so I can really give the project my full attention. I’m hoping it will also support families as well as young people and that’s where the climbing frame will come in.

“I’ve got limited people at the moment and the challenge is to get people in, but the whole ethos of the project is to try and help young people understand their full potential.”

The RoundTable are actively seeking new members and anyone interested in joining can attend The Anchor at Diglis on August 28, at 7pm, or call Mr Valentine on 0800 0210100.

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