The Llanwrtyd Community Play Park Project held a very successful Easter event last Saturday with a fantastic turnout of support and sunshine.

The project is a small group of local parents trying to raise funds for the regeneration of the children's play equipment on the Dolwen Field in Llanwrtyd. 

Unfortunately, most of the current play equipment is past its prime or has been removed due to the timber being rotten and unsafe. The equipment that remains on the field is in need of repair or replacement. Only a few pieces of play equipment remain in a suitable and safe condition.

With play equipment being very expensive to purchase, the group are fundraising themselves in the hope of being able to replace the equipment with something suitable for children and young people of all ages. It is also hoped that providing new play equipment will bring people to the park as opposed to local children and families visiting play areas in neighbouring towns.

Ebony, a member of the group said: "We'd like to be able to provide a great place for everyone to use. The benefits would be amazing for everyone - not only for mental health reasons but also to encourage fitness and socialising in a safe environment."

On Saturday, an Easter Scavenger Hunt was organised in conjunction with the Llanwrtyd and District Heritage and Arts Centre with the centre kindly donating all ticket sales to the project.

Following this, a fun time was had at the Dolwen Fields which included a table-top sale, children's crafts, face painting, raffle and refreshments. Entertainment was provided by the Small-Town Samba Band. 

Spiro Taranenko, age 7, the youngest member of the band, kept this local group on their toes. After a rousing performance the band were joined by members of the audience who tried different drums for another tune.

Dolwen Fields Samba
Small Town Samba entertained crowds at Dolwen Fields. Picture are Paul Biggs with Nancy Perkins, aged 7 (Photo supplied)

The Llanwrtyd Community Play Park Project is grateful to everyone who supported and contributed in any way to the success of the event.

Generous raffle prizes were donated by the following: LWAS Petrol Station provided an Easter Basket; Welding Mid Wales created a garden planter; J R Pets Ltd supplied a Doggie Goody bag worth over £50 and Caffi Sosban donated a 'Tea for Two' voucher, chocolates and a donation.

The Llanwrtyd Wells Twinning Association donated all proceeds from their pancake stall on the day to the project collection.

Should anyone like to support the campaign to provide a safe area for toddlers and teenagers to enjoy, please join the Facebook Page (Llanwrtyd Wells Community Play Park Project) or the 'Shop and Give' page is