Young designers of Kimberley play park sign awarded by council

Jayden Kelly, 11, Heidi Pegg, 10, Jessica Reeves, 10 from Hollywell School, who designed the new sign for the Stag Play Park, Nottingham Road
Jayden Kelly, 11, Heidi Pegg, 10, Jessica Reeves, 10 from Hollywell School, who designed the new sign for the Stag Play Park, Nottingham Road

Creative kids were honoured with a special school assembly for their winning sign designs for the Stag Play Park.

Three pupils of Hollywell school were presented with cash awards on Wednesday, March 11 for winning the competition which ran last year.

Sign designers Jayden Kelly, 11, Heidi Pegg, 10, Jessica Reeves, 10 with KTC clerk Lisa Brown and councillor Ian Wilson

Sign designers Jayden Kelly, 11, Heidi Pegg, 10, Jessica Reeves, 10 with KTC clerk Lisa Brown and councillor Ian Wilson

Town Councillors Dr David Nunn and Ian Wilson and clerk Lisa Brown attended the special assembly and awarded each designer £30.

Jayden Kelly, 10, Heidi Pegg, 10, and Jessica Reeves 11 of Year Six won the competition against other Kimberley schools.

Head Teacher Mrs Denise Pilkington said: “I said to the girls in assembly this morning that we were very proud of the winning design and now with their names on the Stag play park’s sign they are now all part of Kimberley’s history.”

Firefighter Mick Reeves of Oxbury Road, Watnall said he was delighted to see his daughter Jessica awarded at the assembly.

He added: “It’s a very creative and innovative design.

“They’ve done themselves and the school very proud.”

Councillor Ian Wilson said:”When we finished the park we thought it would be nice to ask school children to design the sign - adults are quite boring really, and kids are so free to think creatively.

“We picked out the best designs and rather than choose between them we incorporated elements of all of them.

“They did really well, it’s such a fabulous design and we had so many marvellous entries.”

The Stag Play Park was completed last June and the sign was added early this year.

Cllr Wilson called the state of the art play area “a magnificent jewel in the Kimberley Town Council crown, and a thoroughly modern 21st century play facility for the people and children of Kimberley to be proud of and to enjoy.”

The Council achieved funding from Broxtowe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Veolia among other sources totalling £160,000 to realise it, including £18,000 of its own funds.

He added: “We went into local schools to ask for ideas on what they would like and had a huge public consultation, so the children actually had a big hand in designing this with.”