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Title: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on April 02, 2008, 07:26:14 pm
 Playday 2007
Playday is the biggest annual play celebration in the country. On Playday each year, thousands of children take part in free play celebrations across the UK. Playday is partly about giving children and families a great day out, but it also aims to get across some serious messages about play and children.
This years Playday took place on Wednesday 1st of August.  The theme was “Our Streets Too” and involved reclaiming the streets as a space for children and young people to play. This is really important as the numbers of children and young people playing out in streets and local neighborhoods has decreased dramatically during recent years. The reasons for this include increased traffic levels, parental fears and public attitudes to children and young people out and about on the streets.
This year we held the main Playday event in the Wakefield precinct outside the cathedral and had 3 smaller satellite events in Hemsworth, Airedale and Stanley. The event was co-ordinated by Judy Morrissey and Natalie Baxter from the early year’s department in the Council and involved partnership working with a wide range of organizations including, other Council departments, the Wakefield District Play Forum, Groundwork, Extended Services Co-ordinator, local community groups, and the Pre School learning alliance.
We provided a wide range of free activities at the events for children and young people up to the age of 18, these included face painting, bouncy castles, DJ mixing, street dancing, skipping, hopscotch, heuristic play, jewellery making, arts and crafts, messy play, space hopper racing and pavement art.  We even had a giant Hula–Hoop–A-Thon and gave away 500 free hula-hoops for children to play with on the streets in their local neighborhoods. Children and their families were also able to visit Wakefield Council’s swimming pools on Playday where each child could claim their free swim.
A fantastic day was had by all and over 1000 children and young people and their families enjoyed a free day of play activities across the Wakefield district.

a play day is being organised on the 6th of August in Purston park. a couple of meetings have taken place with local communitty groups and study rovers. i will post the next meetings date shortly. all will be welcome.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Popeye on April 10, 2008, 09:44:11 pm
Well I know a town council that will back this venue 100%

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on April 11, 2008, 07:56:19 pm
cheers. im on with a grant for them for it.

the next meeting for play day will be at the B+s club on Monday 12th may at 7 PM. all local voluntry and community groups are invited. any one at all that can offer help on the day is also welcome.
i am trying to get a team together to build up a marque on the morning and take it down. 7AM start and about 3 hours and 2PM for 2 hours. i need about 10 people. thats all you have to do or you can help more and help in the day.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on May 11, 2008, 03:54:37 pm
just a reminder that its the play day meeting this monday 12th May 7pm at the B+S. Club Wilson Street  ALL WELCOME

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on June 08, 2008, 11:03:43 am
many thanks for the offer. its not all hard work. people are needed just to hold polls while the youngsters ;D run about.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Ruthie on June 08, 2008, 11:21:08 am
i hope thats not aimed at me young yeti ;D
some of us youngsters have creaking joints too. . .

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on June 11, 2008, 08:00:03 pm
next meeting at the B+S club Wilson street at 7.00pm July 7th

posters will be available about mid July and available to all

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on June 13, 2008, 07:55:59 pm
the park is a huge area. hopefully some sports will be held. pick a sport and get some teams together as a suggestion to any group. use the adult cover to give your area a free day of fun. it could be just a game of rounders or giant connect 4.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on July 15, 2008, 09:54:50 pm
posters and flyers are ready. anyone who could put up a poster please call in to the shop and pick some up.
we have some jobs up for grabs during the day but all replys must have CRB checks,
1. sand pit supervisor 4 hours.
2. bouncy castle supervisor 4 hours.
3. straw bails building 4 hours.
4. giant games ( drafts and chess etc) supervisor 4 hours.
5. someone to sit on the bus coming and going to keep order.

there will be a last meeting announced shortly. anyone interested should just reply.



Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Featherstonian on July 15, 2008, 10:09:01 pm
i'll be there, looking forward to a great day.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Popeye on July 30, 2008, 08:36:37 am
Is the next meeting still planned for Thursday 31st at the B & S.

A few people are asking how they can join the free bus, are there tickets for it or is it just stopping to pick up till its full ???

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on July 30, 2008, 07:22:12 pm
there is a final playday meeting on Thursday 31st at 7pm at the B+S Club, Wilson street, Featherstone. as ever all are welcome including anyone wishing to help on the day.

the bus is free and needs no tickets. you just turn up on the day at the time on the poster. the map shows pick up points. on the day the pick up points will have a playday poster by the stops. the bus will have a member of staff who is CRB checked on it during the whole route.

please ask any more questions as its now or never ;D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on August 04, 2008, 09:10:14 pm
it gets better. it has come to my attention that the small part of the money asked for from the town council towards the day was oppossed by Bill Mulroe (labour) on the grounds that Jo Conney was not a proper offical. what a load of rubbish. If it was not for Jo Coney who is a WMDC officer and a good one who cares like us, then Featherstone would have never seen this event.

it gets better still as Bill Mulroe passed the same type of grant for more money to the Rovers to hold the same event but with an admission fee. the person running the event works with study Rovers and Jo Coney.

what a shame. all we wish to do is play out with our kids for a few hours. there is some rearly sad people out there.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on August 04, 2008, 10:04:00 pm
i am looking for 2 sets of small football goals and nets to make an extra pitch.

if you know of some please ask ;D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: karen on August 05, 2008, 02:30:32 pm
its saying sun shine and showers for tomorrow hope the rain stays away

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Ruthie on August 06, 2008, 05:33:41 pm
Today was brill!!

One of the best days of the summer so far i should say :)

Both Children and Parents alike enjoyed the fun and games and those that didn't, or couldn't come for what ever reason really missed out on a special day.

Also, a big pat on the back to all those that were up before the crack of dawn to help set up, and those (who were basicaly the same team) who helped clear up afterwards :D

A good day for Community Spirit if i do say so myself :)

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: ABBOO on August 06, 2008, 06:37:28 pm
It was one of the best turn outs for a long time as well and as you say ruthie one of the best days that some people missed and it was brilliant for all ages of kids and their parents.  And what a day ;D ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on August 06, 2008, 07:15:23 pm
for the first one i think it went very well.

the helpers were fantastic. more help than ever and a huge amount of effort put in. a huge thanks from me.

it dont take a lot to please our youth, just a little engagement goes a long way, plus providing youth items. who would think straw bails would be so good?

i am sorry for no food van, Leeds United and the fire service off site. the food? 3 were ordered. Leeds United you will hear about more as i have not finished with them yet, they owe our kids, and the ground was to soft for the fire engine. that will be sorted by next time ;)

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Popeye on August 06, 2008, 08:49:24 pm
Absolutly brilliant day guys, thanks for asking me and my gang to help. The ''others'' have a lot to own up to but they will try and salvage summat out of this, Bet next years will be even better.

Sorry about the straw bails Ruthie, needed some spinach.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Ruthie on August 06, 2008, 08:54:26 pm
Sorry about the straw bails Ruthie, needed some spinach.

No worries, im always happy to help out if im needed again :)

Just a quick point Popeye, dont mix your Spinach with Olive Oil ;)

sorry, couldn't resist it :D :D :D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Popeye on August 06, 2008, 09:05:35 pm
Thats one of Johns quips, your to young to remember the series sweetpea.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: RainbowWarrior on August 06, 2008, 11:28:24 pm

Fantastic Day!! Congratulations to all concerned. Shame about the food van but the shop and Park Fisheries must be thanking us they did a roaring trade, Fish shop still open at 4.00pm!!!

The kids loved it, and so did the adults I was asked a couple of times "when we are coming back" :D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Victor on August 07, 2008, 10:46:58 am
Superb day, I think all the kids of all ages really enjoyed it as well as parents, well done to Gareth and all his team. And in this day and age of gadgets/computers it was great to see how many kids were just enjoying themselves playing safely in the park, which was what the day was all about.
The football area was really busy and popular despite Leeds Utd not turning up, but there again they havent done that for years anyway.
And as for the straw bails, the kids were all over them, and kept returning to them time and time again, some never left.
Ruthie, what about a straw bails sports event next year, im sure you could get a team together, but we will have to let Popeye do the judging at his age.
Again well done to everyone.   

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on August 09, 2008, 08:47:27 pm
great comments by all but i have to end by mentioning that i work for the BIG BOSS

Mr. Ken Still

Ken is Featherstones unknown silent hero. if only people knew what he does all day everyday for featherstone and without him every event would be 3 times as hard. thanks Ken.

P.S. Andy Land got thrown in at the deep end and sailed through. thanks.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: ABBOO on August 09, 2008, 09:54:41 pm
Only too happy to help any time you want me to help you only have to ask mate Andy.  P.S. enjoyed the day anyway it was absolutely brilliant and thank you for asking me to help. ;D ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: yetion1 on August 10, 2008, 08:12:13 pm
The MrX incident
(I cannot say the name and write the facts together. That does not stop anyone else publishing the name without this statement attached).

To set the scene we had an ex-labour town council member stood on the hill (the general) whilst his 1 weakest soldier is sent in to try and cause a fight.
Ken and another man are stood talking when MrX comes towards them on his bike. Mr X then proceeds to make various comments like “you’re a set of lying b*****ds and this day is a political stunt. MrX continues to provoke as he always does for a further 10 minutes. MrX then walks away. 10 yards on he turns around and shouts in front of hundreds of children “what did you call me? A b*****d?” MrX then walks back to Ken and gives swearing abuse. No reply came from Ken. Mr X then walks off again only to again turn round and shout “what did you say? You called me a c**t. Mr X then turns around gets on his bike and rides it at Ken. MrX then starts the classic windmill arms flying punch’s at Ken. Ken was cut on the leg, arm and neck. Ken then grabbed Mrx by the collar pulled MrX forward and raised his arm with a fist. Ken paused and then lowered his arm and went to sit in his van and wipe the blood from his cuts whilst MrX walks away shouting abuse.
I respect the 72 year Ken more than ever. He could have knocked out MrX with one blow but chose that the children deserved a better display of adults.

To the general on the hill, do your own dirty work.
To Mr X I am watching. So far I see you claiming benefit and yet being paid for delivering news papers and labour leaflets. Yes I have grassed you up and will continue with a passion.

A final note to Mr X is that the police are involved and I hope they throw the book at you. The labour party has reached the bottom line by frightening children. I hope the repercussions are done the same to you.

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: Bob on August 10, 2008, 09:28:26 pm
 :) I visited the park on play day and can I say how delighted I was to see all the activities and children enjoying them selves,
I was particuly interested in the quickly erected "street football pitches" well done to Gareth and Andy and others who I am sure helped, the football games were proof of the need for the mobile sports arenas Gareth and Bob have for the last three and a half years been working to find funding to buy at least one set of such equipment.
We feel and hope there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, but we need people to get involved if and when we acheive our goal and deliver the sport to Featherstone and District,
The ethos of "street football" is respect,fair play and inclussion for all childeren, and aims to adress anti social behavour.
The scheme is allready working in Scotland and is a great success.
For more information contact Bob via this page

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: RainbowWarrior on August 10, 2008, 11:04:14 pm

Nice one Forkhandles, it's about time these bullies were named and shamed! The play day was part of a national initiative supported by the very government the "general and Mr X" claim to support and yet they claim it is a political stunt by the "indies". A lot of people put in months of hard work into organising the event and making it the success it was. Over 300 children had a fantastic day and the village idiots should not be allowed to spoil that. Featherstone would be a much poorer place without Ken, Gareth and the rest of the team ,who are prepared to give their time and resources free to make this town a better place to live. We should be proud of them all !!!

Title: Re: PlayDay 2008
Post by: karen on August 19, 2008, 07:38:00 pm
Yetion1 is at a meeting with the person that was assaulted so he might find out otnight if anything is being done, because he will tell him. ;D ;D ;D
wh would mr x want to hit a 72 year old man  >:( >:(