**PROGRESS UPDATE STATEMENT**
In Summer 2018 our target funding of £250,000 was secured meaning the time has come to start work on replacing the play area in Verulamium Park. Funds raised by Verulamium at Play supporters have been added to money allocated by St Albans City & District Council (“SADC”) for this project and our charity continues to work hand-in-hand with SADC to put an outstanding play area in our City’s beautiful park.
On 21st November members of Verulamium at Play met with several key council officers including Richard Shwe (SADC Deputy Chief Executive Commercial and Development), Joe Tavernier (SADC Head of Community Services) and Dan Flitton (Parks and Green Spaces Officer), to discuss a timeline for moving the play area project forwards. We were very encouraged by the enthusiastic support of SADC to this project and its obvious commitment to improving play opportunities in St Albans. The group discussed the additional complexities involved with this play area replacement due to the fact it sits within an area designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument by Historic England because of the sensitive Roman archaeology in Verulamium Park.
We are now working to the following tentative timeline:
December 2018 -Jan 2019 – Verulamium at Play to work with SADC officers on producing a number of design concepts (in addition to the indicative design we have already commissioned) and concept ideas suitable for public discussion
February/March 2019 – public consultation period including public meeting on 12 February at Verulamium Museum 5-8pm
March 2019 – SADC to liaise with Historic England on the preferred design concept.
April 2019 – Project put out to tender
May-June 2019 – seek Historic England consents and planning permission for new play area
September 2019 – contractors begin work on new play area
Verulamium at Play remains committed to ensuring any new play area provides better play opportunities for children with additional needs and will continue to champion this cause during our work with SADC.
Come and join in the fun before and after the races on Sunday 10th June at our Meet and Greet.
It’s a blue gazebo, decorated courtesy of Meraki Festival. They’ll be providing glitter tattoos too, and we’ll have goodies for the Fun Runners.
See you there at the RED Meeting Point at the lower end of the Runner’s Village (nearest Holywell Hill).
We can collect your sponsorship forms and money if you bring them along. Remember, we get nothing from the registration fee, we rely on sponsorship money alone.
Wishing all race entrants the best of luck and hope you have fun!
Thank you for your dance-a-thon fundraiser for us and for Sports Relief.
Great to see local charity support.
Looks like the kids had a great time!
Great news! Council money has been allocated to Verulamium play area leaving us with less than £25k to raise before we meet our target!
Read more about it here.
Tickets selling fast, buy them here.
Calling primary school and family fun runners!
Can you help us reach our fundraising finish line?
Enter the family fun run at St Albans Half Marathon 2018 event and then fundraise on our behalf. There’s no minimum amount you need to raise, just try your best and come along and join the fun!
It’s just two easy steps:
1. Enter 1.5 Mile Fun Run here: http://www.stalbanshalfmarathon.com/ and choose Verulamium at Play as your team. Type it in or choose from the drop-down box on the online entry form. (For family registration put your surname in brackets after typing in Verulamium at Play, e.g. Verulamium at Play (Swindells)
All children in our team will be eligible for our Meet and Greet entertainment with our friends from Meraki, and will receive a little thank you gift after the race.
All entrants joining our team by 5pm on May 10th with also be entered into our free prize draw to WIN A MERAKI WEEKEND FAMILY FESTIVAL AND CAMPING TICKET!*
Don’t forget to state which school you attend as well, to also enter the Primary School Challenge.
2. Join our JustGiving team to plan your fundraising and have any donations come straight to Verulamium at Play:
Make a fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/verulamiumatplay/play
(Click the orange button “Start Fundraising”, add your own event “St Albans Half Marathon Fun Run”)
Then join our team here:
Alternatively, download and print out our sponsor form.
Thank you for your support – any queries just shout!
*All entrants joining our team by 5pm on Thursday 10th May will be entered into our free prize draw! Entrants must join our team at registration in step 1 above
Thanks once again to St Albans Round Table for their support for our project.
Our Santa’s Sleigh ride at Christmas raised £600. Thank you to the good folk of Marshalswick for their generosity that evening! We had so much fun.
Thanks also to those who engaged with us on Social Media in January to help raise awareness of the Round Table’s OPEN NIGHT for prospective new members.
For each share and like we got, the Round Table donated 50p to Verulamium at Play. Altogether, another £100 was raised from this.
A steady stream of new recruits helps organisations like the Round Table continue their great work, we hope we helped!
Find out more about the Round Table here.
Brownies have been very popular as a dessert choice at St Villa of late.
In support of Verulamium at Play, the lovely folks at this amazing restaurant have been donating a % from sales of these chocolatey beauties.
We caught up with them at our charity partners dinner courtesy of Meraki Festival (more on this exciting opportunity later!)
We can definitely vouch for how yummy the brownies are. No calories if it’s for charity right?
Thanks a lot St Villa!
Thank you to St Albans School second former’s for organising a charity basketball tournament on our behalf, raising £181.38 towards the redesign and replacement of Verulamium Park’s play area. We hope you had great fun helping us!