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Crowds Flock To Werrington

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

  • Punch and Judy at Werrington Playday

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WERRINGTON'S fourth annual Playday was hailed as a major success by the Werrington Young Person’s Support Group who organised the event.

The day took place on Saturday 3 August from 11am to 4pm and was run as a community occasion to raise funds for the group and also for other good causes in the area who are invited to take part.

With overwhelming generosity, the funds are still coming in and the present tally indicates that the final total will be an all-time record.

This will play a vital role in developing community and voluntary services in the village.

For the Young Persons Group the funds raised will be used to develop the Friday Night Club, which is one of the most successful of its kind in the Moorlands area.

The club enables more intergenerational events to be organised which so far have included educational trips to the Imperial War Museum and the Cosford Air Show.

The event had an excellent turn out of between 1000-1500 people attending throughout the day.

Families took advantage of the fine weather to enjoy the attractions which included: a high slide, an assault course, hoopla, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy with magic tricks and balloons, great raffle prizes, crafts and jewellery making, model cars and many more.

Many groups and charities were invited to take part, providing more entertainment and raise money for the many causes represented.

These included: The Territorial Army, Help for Hero's, Local Community Volunteers, Girls Brigade, Scout Groups, The Toy Library, Port Vale’s Boomer the Dog - All Day 5-a-side Football Tournament.

With 40 volunteers helping out on the day, David Shaw, an organiser of the event, quoted a volunteer helping for the first time this year who said: “the best part of the day was being around such lovely people”.

David Shaw described the day saying: “it was a first class community event”.

The main organisers for the Werrington Group are Carol and John Ashley, who said that they were "overwhelmed" by the response.

John said: “This is all about giving the community a good day out and making it possible for local groups to promote their activities for the benefit of all residents. I would particularly like to thank our sponsors for their encouraging support”.

The organisers will be meeting in ten days to talk about next year’s Playday.

The event has been sponsored by: the National Lottery, Wrights Pies, the Co-operative and Your Moorlands Housing.

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