If proof were needed of the success of Wacky Wednesdays there was lots of proof to be found at Wellington Sports Centre on Wednesday 30th August. An estimated 120 children enjoyed a Beach and Pool Party complete with water, sand, buckets, spades, balls and every game likely to be found on a British beach during the summer holidays. Even the weather was authentically ‘summery’ with rain causing the event to relocate from Wellington Park to the Sports Centre at the very last minute!
This was the last Wacky Wednesday of the summer. Each one has been organised by a team of community agencies including Knightstone Housing, the Wellington One Team, Better (formerly Tone Leisure) Getset, Somerset Skills and Learning, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Churches Together to provide valuable play and social activities for young children, their parents and carers during the school holidays. Other organisations including Reminiscence Learning, The Slimming World and Bookstart, The Arts Council England’s Book Trust which supplies free reading books for babies from 0 to 12 months and children from 3 to 4 years, were present.
Emma Rowlandson, Community Development Officer for Taunton Deane Borough Council, said, “We’ve moved the events around the town this year so that they’re accessible for everyone. They’re becoming so popular now and people are asking when the next one is. Wacky Wednesdays illustrate what can be achieved when organisations work together. That’s so important when social funding is under such pressure.” She paid particular tribute to Shona Stone, Community Empowerment Officer for Knightstone Housing, whose initiative brings the various organisations together to make the events so successful. Shona’s fresh fruit smoothies made in a food processor powered by an exercise-bike illustrated her special ingenuity.
Marion Vincent, family Support Worker for Getset Services, added, “These events are becoming a welcome event for families. Everyone pays £1 and the money from each Wacky Wednesday is recycled to provide funds for the next one. All the equipment here today has been provided by the different organisations who are represented here. We hope lots of families join in the next Wacky Wednesday at Cades Farm Play Area on Wednesday 25th October during schools’ half-term holiday.”