Hampshire pub supports local children with new play area

The Gamekeeper in Woodlands, near Southampton, has opened a new play area in its garden for local children.

Supported by a grant from Pub is The Hub, the new facilities cater for children up to the age of 12 and include a slide and a fireman’s pole.  The pub also has a new outdoor area where parents can sit for a coffee and keep an eye on the little ones.  

Publican Kerry Wolfe said they realised there was a need for this vital local service as there are few activities for younger children to do in the village:

“As the weather is getting warmer the play area will offer children the opportunity to exercise in a safe environment.  

“We wanted to offer this service to help families as there really is nothing for them in the local area. We look forward to offering everyone a warm welcome.”  

The play area was opened with expert help and a Community Services Fund grant from Pub is The Hub, the not-for-profit organisation that helps pubs to diversify and provide essential local services.   

Pub is The Hub regional advisor Reg Clarke said:

“The Gamekeeper is really at the heart of Woodlands. This play area will not only bring children together but also their wider families and members of the community.”  

He added:

“Being able to bring people together by giving the children something to do while offering the parents time to socialise is a great way to overcome social isolation.”


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