National Play Day

The Trinity Community centre and Halton School Field were busy when hundreds of children and parents gathered to celebrate National Play Day. 

Play day is the national day for play, traditionally celebrated on the first Wednesday in August when thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Halton’s children were treated to arts and crafts stalls, circus skills and fire show, playdough and painting, inflatables, face painting and much more, inside the Trinity Community Centre and on Halton Combined School playing field.  One of the more popular sideshows was the animal encounter where the children could hold live tarantulas, definitely not for the squeamish!!!

Flight Lieutenant Andrea MacFarlane held a gymnastics tournament with an Olympic themed floor routine competition.  Winning gold was Alice Bradley closely followed by her sister, Grace, and in Bronze position was Charlie Oldfield whose father is an instructor on Recruit Training Squadron.

Andrea said: ‘The children were very keen to join in and enjoyed the exercises, they surprised me by how good they were, I think we may have some future Olympians here.’

Joe Robinson, Playwork Support Officer for Buckinghamshire County Council, Children & Young People  Service, co-organised the event, and said: ‘The service supports children & young people around Buckinghamshire in many different ways. We have held National Play Day events in the past, last year supporting Aylesbury Vale District Council at their Vale Park event.  We had been aware of past Play Day events in Halton so contacted Wilma Kingsbury, Community Development Officer for RAF Halton and the event took off.  We had a very successful day and all the feedback has been really positive.  We would like to thank everyone who came along and all the Buckinghamshire County Council Staff, RAF Sections, AirPlay Team and everyone who supported the event.’

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