AHSRA Volunteering

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The running of the Playing Field and all Fundraising to keep the facilities that we all enjoy maintained and improved is all done by volunteers from our Community – and we need more.

If you could spare some time to volunteer either at specific events, one or 2 hours a month in the café, or even just occasionally, please leave your details with our café volunteers or email ashtonhsra@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch so that you can find out more.

Event Volunteers:

Could you help out with running events for the Community ?

Before an event help could include putting up posters, putting up marquees, gazebos, a christmas tree, outdoor lighting, bunting, safety barriers, decorating the café etc. At the events themselves help could include serving in the café, marshalling the car park, serving at a BBQ or Bar, running a side stall or activity, playing the music, being a first aider etc – we’ve even had a village crier – and of course Santa himself comes along to volunteer.

Café Volunteers:

This friendly group are always looking for additional volunteers to join them so that the café can be open for as many sessions as possible, both to maximise income for the Playing Field and to be available for people of all ages to meet for a chat and a catch up, to drop in after a walk, or to enjoy a drink or ice cream after playing on the field. It’s a great way to meet people. There are lots of different roles and tasks to be involved in and we have also provided placement opportunities for students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Find out more here: Cafe Volunteering

In May 2023 as part of celebrations for the King’s coronation we reached out to new volunteers through the Big Help Out. “In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service, The Big Help Out will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend.”

Volunteering makes it happen:

Spring 2024 Pruning completed

The working party of volunteers taking down the christmas tree in January 2024 were very grateful for the sunshine after what felt like weeks of rain.

Most of the tree went on to the compost heap and the trunk went off to be seasoned as logs.

In December 2023 a team of volunteers collected the Christmas tree, which was so kindly donated again this year, ‘planted’ it and dressed it ready for the big switch on.

November 2023 saw the arrival of a new permanent stand for the christmas tree. The 4 feet of reinforced steel in 2 tonnes of concrete hidden under the grass should be good for the future.

The AHSRA Trustees led the October 2023 working party in some welcome sunshine and in time for the school half term holidays. The launch pad of the aerial ropeway was repaired with chequer plate. It was quite a job to dismantle the frame and reassemble, especially having to carefully work around the family of toads who had made a home there. Having been missing for a little while since the spring had broken, the butterfly see-saw was rebuilt and is now back in place with a new spring (a very big spring). The swing seats and chains have been replaced as the old seats had split and the chains had worn so that they were outside the specification when inspected (must be small enough that children cannot get their fingers inside the chain). The seats on the rotating rocking beam have also been replaced. The cost was £2710 for the parts. Many Thanks to Andy Brown for his ongoing engineering skills, volunteers John Hirst and Clive Tickell who came along to help on the day and to Trustees David Rounthwaite, Richard Stradling, Geoff Stamper and Bob Hooks.

Volunteer of the future Leo, who was visiting the playground with his mum, helped with testing out the new swing seats (seen in photo with David) and was very interested in the toad family.

Testing the new seats
New swing seats and chains
New Spring for the see-saw
Preparing for the see-saw
Old Launch Pad dismantled
Building the new launch pad
New launch pad completed
New seats being installed
Taking delivery and preparing the 2022 Christmas tree with its star and lights
Tree upright and ready for the big switch on
Annual job of pruning the fruit trees
Spreading wood chip on the playground
Benches getting a good clean
Digging the hole and ‘planting’ the beacon