PLAY GLOUCESTERSHIRE is a registered charity that provides regular, free play sessions in urban parks and rural locations across the county. Our energetic Play Rangers deliver outdoor, active play, sports, arts and environmental activities to school-aged children throughout the year, whatever the weather.
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Summer Timetable 2014

Here it is!  These are the sessions we will be running during the Summer Holidays.  All sessions are FREE but please note they are also open access which means children are free to come and go as they please.  We do ask that under 8′s are accompanied by a parent or carer.

All play sessions are 10am – 4pm unless shown otherwise.  If you are new to Play Gloucestershire’s Play Rangers, please take a look at our Information for Parents/Carers.

SUMMER 2014 Week ONE      

Mon 21July The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Thistle Patch, Chesterton, Cirencester

Pound Farm, Brockworth

Tue 22July Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Yorkley Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Wed 23July Ayland Gardens, Glouceste

rMelville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Saul Playing Fields, Saul

Thu 24Jul Bale Memorial Playing Field, Mile End, Nr Broadwell **10am – 12.30pm**

Mitcheldean Recreation Ground, Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean **1.30pm – 4pm**

Monk Meadow, Hempstead, Gloucester

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 25July Finlay Way Park, Bishops Cleeve

Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

 

SUMMER 2014 Week TWO NATIONAL PARKS WEEK

Mon 28July The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Thistle Patch, Chesterton, Cirencester

Lawnside Play Area, Nailsworth

Tue 29July Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Yorkley Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Wed 30July Ayland Gardens, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Thu 31July Bale Memorial Playing Field, Mile End, Nr Broadwell **10am – 12.30pm**

Mitcheldean Recreation Ground, Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean **1.30pm – 4pm**

Monk Meadow, Hempstead, Gloucester

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 1 Aug Finlay Way Park, Bishops CleeveEvans Walk, Matson, Gloucester By Lakefield School, Frampton-on-Severn

 

SUMMER 2014 Week THREE

Mon 4August The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Thistle Patch, Chesterton, Cirencester

The Abbey Field, Winchcombe

Lawnside Play Area, Nailsworth

Tue 5August Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Yorkley Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Junior Playing Field, Mickleton

Wed 6AugustNATIONAL PLAY DAY Ayland Gardens, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Thu 7August Bale Memorial Playing Field, Mile End, Nr Broadwell **10am – 12.30pm**

Mitcheldean Recreation Ground, Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean **1.30pm – 4pm**

Monk Meadow, Hempstead, Gloucester

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 8August Finlay Way Park, Bishops Cleeve

Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

By Lakefield School, Frampton-on-Severn

 

SUMMER 2014 Week FOUR

Mon 11August The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Thistle Patch, Chesterton, Cirencester

Lawnside Play Area, Nailsworth

Tue 12August Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Yorkley Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Junior Playing Field, Mickleton

Wed 13August Ayland Gardens, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Thu 14August Gould Playing Field, Northway

Monk Meadow, Hempstead, Gloucester

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 15August Finlay Way Park, Bishops Cleeve

Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

By Lakefield School, Frampton-on-Severn

 

 

SUMMER 2014 Week FIVE

Mon 18 Aug The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Thistle Patch, Chesterton, Cirencester

Lawnside Play Area, Nailsworth

Tue 19August Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

Yorkley Recreation Ground, Yorkley, Forest of Dean

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Junior Playing Field, Mickleton

Wed 20August Ayland Gardens, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Thu 21August The Vineyards, Tewkesbury

Meadowleaze, Longlevens, Gloucester

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 22August Finlay Way Park, Bishops Cleeve

Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

By Lakefield School, Frampton-on-Severn

 

SUMMER 2014 Week SIX

Mon 25 Aug

Bank Holiday – No Play

Tue 26August Parry Field, Tredworth, Gloucester

The Playing Field, Bredon, Worcestershire

Mason Road Playing Field, Stroud

Wed 27August Ayland Gardens, Gloucester

Melville Play Space, Bourton on the Water **10am – 12.30pm**

Saul Playing Fields, Saul

Thu 28August Longford Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester

Tudor Mead Playing Field, Churchdown

Archway Gardens, Paganhill, Stroud

Fri 29 Aug Finlay Way Park, Bishops Cleeve

Evans Walk, Matson, Gloucester

 

High Sheriff Funds Young Volunteer Training Weekend

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Play Gloucestershire’s Young Volunteers gathered recently for  a training camp in the village of Saul, near Stroud. They took part in a memorable and playful weekend of development, friendship and fun. The 22 young people were joined by 16 Play Rangers and together undertook training in diverse topics including den building, creative play, rucksack games, fit for play, the future of Play Gloucestershire, playwork theory and future volunteering plans.

The training programme was led by our inspiring Play Ranger Team Leaders, Ben and Katie, and it was exciting for everyone to be gathered together at the same venue. This is a real treat for us, with Rangers and young people from all county districts meeting and mixing. It gives them an insight into the scale of our work in both urban and rural communities and is a great way to share skills and new ideas. One Young Volunteer, Toni, said “I never knew there were this many Play Rangers!”

The Canvas Cottage Company helped us ‘glamp’ it up with hire of their lovely bell tents complete with rugs, airbeds and solar lights, and Team PG completed the festival vibe with celebration fire pit and our own ukulele-playing Ranger Lana. Munching through lots of healthy campfire cooked food was a great way of developing cooking skills and trying new foods. Karl showed several Rangers an empty cup smiling and saying “I don’t even like peas and I’m having seconds of pea soup!’

Our Young Volunteers were a mixture of experienced teenagers who have clocked up hundreds of volunteer hours, and some younger ones just starting out. Several young people had never been away from home before and were really nervous about it. One of them said “Bagel says if I get scared at night I can nudge him, he will nudge Josh and they’ll both sit up with me to make sure I am okay. I often have nightmares and worry too much about my Mum and stuff”.

One of the playwork theories discussed was working on the ‘edge of chaos’, and we created a new song about it that you can see on video!

Overall the weekend was a heart-warming success and we all went away feeling proud to be part of Team PG and looking forward to a busy year of play. We would like to thank the High Sheriff’s Fund and Hugh Tollemache in particular for enabling us to give so many people an inspirational experience and a massive thanks for all that these young people give to Gloucestershire people and communities.

 Check out the photos below and video (coming soon).

by Pip Levett, Director of Play

Young Volunteers Training Weekend – full report coming soon

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PG Pedal Powered Smoothies with Podsmead Big Local

Smoothie Bike in actionOur Rangers finished a busy half term of free, active and creative outdoor play with a visit to Podsmead’s Big Lunch, organised by Podsmead Big Local. Our ever popular fruit smoothie making bike was in demand throughout the day as our Rangers and Young Volunteers encouraged local families to eat well and move more. People love our customised smoothie making bike. They have to select and prep their own fruit, tip it into the blender jug and then spin the wheels to get a lovely fruit smoothie. It’s a great way to encourage kids to eat more fruit, and add to that some giant bubble making and  you have the recipe for a good day of outdoor play. We counted 111 smoothies on our wall of fame.

The Podsmead Big Local team were consulting local residents of this event, giving people a chance to have their say about how the million pound lottery investment should be spent. Play Gloucestershire have made an expression of interest to run weekly outdoor play sessions in Podsmead. We’re please to say lots of people voted for us yesterday, and we enjoyed catching up with old friends, so fingers crossed for a return to Podsmead soon.

Lord Lieutenant visits Play Gloucestershire

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We got the chance to showcase our active and creative outdoor play to the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, helped by 75 school children! Working alongside our friends from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust who organised this event, we put on a special den building and giant bubble making morning with pupils and staff from Harewood Junior School at the fabulous Robinswood Hill, Gloucester. For those of you that don’t know, Robinswood Hill is the jewel in Gloucester’s green spaces crown. From the top beacon, there are wonderful views of the City, and all for free – thoroughly recommended by our Rangers!

We provided den building on a large scale for this event as pupils made, extended, decorated and flattened dens and generally had some great outdoor play. A humid day helped the production of some giant bubbles and Dame Janet seemed very impressed with the activities provided.

A teacher from Harewood Junior School told us that the activities had been an eye opener for her, as pupils that have struggled in the indoor classroom, became leaders in the outdoor classroom.

If you would like our dens and bubbles play session to come to your school then please contact us.