MORE GOOD NEWS!
THE PLAY AREA WILL BE OPEN FROM SATURDAY 4TH JULY.
Please follow the guidance below and posted on site.
Whilst some wipes will be provided, we'd be grateful if you would bring your own anti-bac wipes with you to wipe down touch points after your visit. This will help our funds go further with potential additional play equipment and maintenance in the future.
COVID 19 REGULATIONS FOR USE OF THE PLAY AREA
- PLEASE FOLLOWING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AT ALL TIMES WHILST IN THE PLAY AREA OF 2 METRES (1 METRE, WHERE 2 METRES IS NOT VIABLE)
- PLEASE CAN PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CHILDREN SANITIZE HANDS BEFORE ENTERING THE PLAY AREA AND WHEN YOU LEAVE
- A MAXIMUM OF TWO CHILDREN ALLOWED AT ONE TIME ON A PIECE OF THE PLAY EQUIPMENT
- ONLY ONE FAMILY MEMBER ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY A CHILD
- ALL USERS OF THE EQUIPMENT PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACES
- IF YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE PLEASE USE A TISSUE OR ARM IF NO TISSUE
- PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR MOUTHS ON EQUIPMENT OR HANDS IN YOUR MOUTHS
- PLEASE USE WIPES PROVIDED TO CLEAN ALL TOUCH POINTS WHEN LEAVING AND DISPOSE OF WIPES IN THE BIN LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PLAY AREA.
PLEASE ENJOY THE PLAY AREA AND STAY SAFE AT ALL TIMES BY FOLLOWING THESE REGULATIONS.
GET ACTIVE STON EASTON
An open letter from Ele Nash
I hope everybody is keeping safe and well in these crazy times.
Back in October last year, myself and my two children had a near miss crossing the A37 from the bus stop. A van came around the corner too fast and I had to run with the buggy and my four-year-old to get across the road. The buggy caught the edge of the very small dropped curb and it tipped fully over. Luckily, my baby was strapped in and none of us were hurt, though we all fell and were quite shaken up. Since then, I have been engaging with the council on what might be done to make things safer in Ston Easton.
At present, there is no safe crossing point in the middle of Ston Easton, despite the fact that the bus stop is used by multiple children and is adjacent to a care home. There is not even a dropped curb on each side to allow a buggy or wheelchair across more easily. In addition, anybody who has attempted to walk around the bend to the northern section of the village, particularly with buggies, kids or dogs will know how risky this is. Indeed, a quick search on www.crashmap.uk shows there have been over 20 (reported) road traffic incidents over the last 21 years, including fatalities. The peppered wall throughout, police tape and lorry tracks across the pavement serve as a constant reminder of how many drivers lose control. Even during lockdown, a cement mixer overturned and caused chaos. I used to do the school run through the hotel to make it safer, but this is sadly no longer an option.
I have raised these concerns with Tom Killen at a local level who has kindly passed it on to Mike Pullin at the County Council. They are raising it with the Highways Health and Safety team. I am not a highways expert so I do not want to give a specific request on how to calm the traffic or provide a safe crossing point but I do want them to do a proper assessment, engage with the community and find a solution that works for all.
I have only lived in Ston Easton for six years and I know from Tom Killen and from my neighbours that this issue has been raised before, so I wanted to let the village know what I am doing and give people a chance to add in their voice. Concerns can be directed to Mike Pullin email@example.com; 07885372447 or, if you prefer, you can email me and I will collate them all and send them on firstname.lastname@example.org . I personally intend to film my journey home from the bus stop for him so he can see the problem.
My aim is that the only loss we suffer in the village due to vehicles is the post box.
Latest news is that it will be replaced, but may take a while! Apparently when a box is knocked over they have to consider if it should be relocated so it doesn't happen again. So we just have to wait...
UPDATED - IMPORTANT
The MUGA court is now open again for the use of tennis ONLY.
(The play area remains closed.)
Those who wish to play tennis, need to be EITHER
- members of the same household
- 2 people (1 person each from 2 households only) who practice social distancing.
We kindly ask that you refer to this link and the posters below ( also on site and at this link ) to familiarise yourself with what is required to use the court.
We hope you understand that if we feel that the guidelines are not being followed, or the advice changes, the court may have to be closed without notice.
Thank you for your support,
Get Active Ston Easton
Happy VE Day everyone! Show us your bunting!
Grass Cutting of Village Playing Fields
Over the next few weeks, you will notice the grass is being left uncut. In the past the sports clubs who used the playing field have taken care of this. Since they have disbanded the Village Hall has stepped in and been meeting the cost from income, generated from events and regular users. At a cost of £65 +VAT per cut.
The new Village Hall committee has decided that without any funding for this, and with no substantial income for the foreseeable future, we need to preserve what little funds we have to cover essential costs such as insurance, electricity and water bills.
We are seeking help from other sources to solve the situation for now and the future and would ask you to bear with us. We are working hard towards improving the Village Hall.
Photos around the village
A selection of photos of and around Ston Easton, taken at different times of year and at specific village events. Do come back again and see what's been added!
Apparently the village post box was knocked down, presumably by a vehicle. Our postman found it lying down and emptied it, so any mail inside is safe. Hopefully it will be reinstated in a few days time.
Get Active Ston Easton is a project to refurbish the derelict tennis court and unused Red Room play area. The facilities are adjacent to the Village Hall, but the project was set up as an independent venture to simplify the processes of fund-raising and general management.
We have now completed the sports court refurbishment and the play area (with help from village based demolition/ groundworks contractors RM Penny).
The multi use sports court offers the opportunity to play a variety of sports for all ages, to include: tennis, netball, basketball and 5-a-side football. It has also proved to be a great place for younger residents to ride a bike, scooter or skateboard.
Thanks to the energy and commitment (including work by floodlight) of a number of local residents, the play area has been re-grassed and the fencing has been refurbished. New wooden play equipment has been installed and we now have an area for the children of our village and surrounding villages. It provides a facility of interest for all the children of Ston Easton, and acts as a meeting area for families with a safe outdoors space with activities.
The Village - Useful info
Useful information for residents
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