The new playground at Henhayes was officially opened by Crewkerne Mayor councillor Robin Pailthorpe, Deputy Mayor councillor Ben Hodgson and the Chairman of South Somerset District Council councillor Mike Best earlier today. Children will be able to enjoy playing on the new nest swing and Viking rope swing from tomorrow afternoon, after contractors remove the heras fencing between the two play areas.

A dry moat feature has been created in the centre of the playground, which will have a large piece of play equipment installed on it, in the future. A flower border has been planted in the newly extended playground and a picnic area with benches for families is being planned. The redevelopment of the Henhayes playground and extended play area has taken longer than expected. It involved several phases of work, which needed to be fully compliant with health and safety regulations and began with the demolition of the sports pavilion, an old building which contained asbestos.

Crewkerne Mayor, councillor Robin Pailthorpe said: “It has taken a long time for the project to be completed, but we are pleased that it is now open, in time for the half-term school holidays. We are looking into a new piece of play equipment for the moated area and creating a picnic area with benches for families. We are consistently improving the play areas in our community, to provide safe and colourful play equipment and places where children enjoy coming with their families.”

Members of the community are invited to ‘sponsor a seat’, with the opportunity of having a bench erected in memory of a loved one, in the children’s playground or on Henhayes Recreation Field, outside of the cricket, football and rugby pitches. Anyone who is interested in sponsoring a bench is asked to please contact Crewkerne Town Council on tel: 01460 74001 or email

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