The free Apex Park Playday held on Wednesday 5th August 2015 has been hailed a huge success, despite mixed weather, by the organising committee and Sedgemoor District Council with roughly 8000 visitors enjoying the event.
Based on 2015 visitor numbers the event cost organisers just under £1 a visitor to run the event. Playday is organised and staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers whose help allows costs to be kept as low as possible. Sedgemoor District Council supported Playday 2015 with a £2500 Project Grant alongside providing a dedicated team of staff to steward the event and car parks on the day, as well as continuously emptying bins, litter picking, cleaning and re-stocking toilet facilities and monitoring dog fouling. Sedgemoor staff have also helped the organising committee with key tasks in the months before the event. Somerset County Councillors Peter Burridge-Clayton and John Woodman each contributed £1000 to support this year's event from their member-held Health and Wellbeing project funds. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council also contributed a grant of £1250, Somerset Freemasons gave £1000, Brean Fun £400 and Somerset Play Forum £300. Di Mascio's Ice cream also gave a substantial donation during the event towards Playday 2016.
Rosie Pike Chair of Playday Committee said "Donations from 2015 are still being counted but we hope to match, if not beat, the £1127 raised on Playday 2014. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank all those families who contributed towards supporting next year’s event, the event can not run without public support. I would also like to thank all of the activity holders and their staff, they were all excellent and the variety of activities for all ages of children allows every child to enjoy Playday. To see so many happy faces makes all the months of organisation worth it".
Rosie continued "We would also like to thank the roughly 750-800 drivers who used the free parking at Bay Club rather than parking on-site, which was reserved for disabled visitors, or in nearby streets. It was particularly good to see the traffic congestion in and around Apex significantly reduced from previous years despite record visitor numbers. Using the Bay Club again worked well and we would like to thank The Bay Club for their continued support alongside the marshals stationed there who did a sterling job maximising space. We want to encourage even more visitors to use this set-up next year or even better cycle, walk or use public transport to reach us’.
Whilst everyone involved hopes Playday 2016 can go ahead the organising committee rely on obtaining grants and sponsorship to run the event. If you or your business would like to support or sponsor Playday 2016 please contact organiser Rosie Pike via 07867967087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s activities included model boats, inflatables, a climbing wall, drumming, facepainting, zorbs, rugby-tots and table tennis amongst many others! Playday also allows families to spend quality time together having a picnic and exploring one of Sedgemoor’s best-known and loved parks.
The event was part of a national initiative called Play Day (www.playday.org.uk) which encourages thousands of children to get outside and play. It is a free event and for the past seven years it has been run at Apex Park.