Wheelbarrow Castle Field
As many will know, over the last 12 months we have seen a disappointing increase in the level of mindless vandalism in Easebourne Park. This has included damage to benches, destroying young trees, smashing signs, attempts to break play equipment and damage The Roundhouse, broken glass in and around the children’s play equipment and general antisocial behaviour. Sadly, this spoils the environment for others, has made people feel uncomfortable, and it’s taking up valuable time and resources.
We need to stop this. We have today launched a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise funds to invest in CCTV cameras. This will mean we can monitor the activity of those who are abusing our community space and will help us identify those responsible and provide the Police with the evidence they need to prosecute those responsible. You can visit the funding page here: Go Fund Me
We want to carry out the installation as soon as possible and are asking for the help of our community and those who love using the Park to pay for the equipment. Please consider donating and then share with your friends, neighbours and families.
The Park is such an amazing and unique asset for our community and it should be a place that can be enjoyed by all, not mistreated by a few.
Unfortunately the Parish Council has taken the difficult decision not to progress with plans for a Picnic in the Park this September 6th as announced a few weeks ago. We hope to plan a similar event in 2021, perhaps in the Spring if restrictions are further eased at that stage.
It was so lovely yesterday to see people enjoying our beautiful park again.
Today, you see a brand new notice board being installed.
You will be able to read lots of information about the Parish Council and our latest projects. You will also see there is a place for you to put up your own community notices.
There is also one more very useful function to this notice board, it has a lost property station! So the next time you see a jumper left next to the slide or a lost teddy, you can hang it on the notice board, hopefully for its owner to collect.
Keep enjoying our park, but remember to stay safe.
Very sadly we have seen further deliberate damage to the internal roof of The Roundhouse in the last 48 hours, with several of the timbers being knocked out of place. We know it’s not something that could have become loose of it’s own accord as they were very firmly nailed in to the main roof supports.
The vandalism has been reported to the Police and it will be repaired at a cost to the Parish Council. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information about who has caused this deliberate damage, please either call 101 or get in touch with the Parish Council.
From Saturday 4th July, the play equipment in Easebourne Park will once again be accessible. The re-opening of course comes with some guidance that’s been provided to us from the Government. Signage will be placed throughout the Park to encourage visitors to maintain social distancing and carry out frequent hand sanitising after using equipment or touching any surface.
Here’s a copy of the notice – COVID-19 Park Guidance July 2020
For most of us this is now second nature, but please take a moment to read the signs when you next visit and do all you can to stay safe whilst there is still a risk of COVID-19 being spread.
We had some unexpected visitors to the Park on Wednesday evening in the form of the Midhurst Fire Crew. Unfortunately someone had previously put some regular rubbish in the attached green BBQ bin and whilst we’re really grateful the rubbish was binned, unfortunately when someone then used their BBQ and disposed of it into the bin it resulted in a small smouldering fire. The bin contained the fire, as it’s designed to do, but obviously it was an unnecessary call out for the Crew.
PLEASE only use the green bin attached to the BBQ for USED BBQ trays. Please let them cool before sliding them into the bin and most importantly PLEASE do not put other rubbish from your BBQ or picnic into the same bin, but use one of the other black bins around the Park or take it home with you.
The Government announcement today includes Playgrounds as one of the things that can official open again from Saturday 4th July! In line with this we will be counting down the days until we can remove the notices and tape from our Wildwood Dens, Trails, swings, slide, roundabout, NEW see-saw and zip-wire and welcome everyone back to enjoy our award winning Park!
We know it’s tempting but please refrain from using the equipment for just a little longer. But in the meantime, with temperatures set to reach 30d in the coming days, and since it’s National Picnic Week, the Park itself is open for you to enjoy a picnic, a cold drink and bask in some sunshine!