Council to champion children’s right to play

Cirencester Town Council will be working in partnership with local community organisation World Jungle over the coming months to develop a play strategy for the town with the aim of improving play opportunities for children and young people across the area and champion children’s right to play.

Over the summer, the council will be looking to collect the views of children and young people to feed in to the strategy which will set out the key priorities and actions for improving play opportunities in the town.   Martin Conyers from Cirencester Town Council said:

“We want children and young people in Cirencester to be able to take part and enjoy play in all its forms in their local communities. We recognise how important play is to children and how for many children opportunities to play outside have been severely restricted in recent years due to issues such as traffic and fears of stranger danger.”

The consultation team will be attending a number of events from World Jungle’s summer activity programme in July and August, talking to children and young people and collecting their ideas and thoughts on play. Please look out for them at the following events and activities:

  • CIRCUS FUN in the Park (Love Parks Week) – Tuesday 26 July 1pm-3.30pm in Abbey Grounds.
  • Celebrating NATIONAL PLAYDAY with an afternoon of family fun and games in St Michael’s Park on Wednesday 3 August 1-4pm.
  • SCOOTER JAM on Friday 5th August 1pm-4pm Kingshill, Cirencester in partnership with the Ozone.
  • SCRATCH AND SKATE Cirencester – Sunday 7th August

Full details of these events and others taking place during the school summer holidays across the Cotswolds can be found on the World Jungle website at

If you are interested in getting your views on play heard, then they would love to meet you at the dates above or alternatively you can get in contact with Martin Conyers at Cirencester Town Council by emailing

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Afternoon Tea Party & Summer Celebration in Berkeley

Everyone is warmly invited to an Afternoon Tea Party being held at Jenner Court, Salter Street, Berkeley on Friday 15th July from 2pm-4pm.  This special event is being organised by local community organisation World Jungle to celebrate the work of their ‘Full of Life’ project in Berkeley and Sharpness over the past few months.  It is open to everyone to come and enjoy afternoon tea and cake with entertainment and some stalls to browse too.

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The ‘Full of Life’ project which was supported by Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Chest Fund, focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people, helping people to stay active and feel connected in their community. Activities have included regular sessions held at venues across Berkeley and Sharpness, supporting existing clubs and service providers, together with offering training for volunteers around supporting older people to maintain their independence and stay active in their communities.

Fiona Campbell from World Jungle said:

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to be able to extend the ‘Full of Life’ project to support people living in and around Berkeley and Sharpness.   We hope this event will bring together many of the people we have met along the way, including both those who have attended our events and sessions, together with volunteers who have got involved in supporting older people in our communities.”

The next volunteering training being run by World Jungle is with students from Rednock School in Dursley.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn more about the real difference they can make to people’s lives through volunteering and be able to undertake visits and put in to practice what they cover on the course.

For more information, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07474976403, email  or visit the World Jungle website:  .

Full of Life Dursley event

Planning underway for a fantastic summer of fun!

With the school summer holidays approaching fast, planning is well underway to offer children, young people and families across the Cotswolds a fun programme of activities to enjoy during July and August.

Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is delighted to have received support from Gloucestershire County Council’s Children’s Activity Fund through local Councillor Shaun Parsons to run an additional summer holiday programme for children and families to enjoy in South Cerney this August.

The week-long programme starting on Monday 8th August will include a combination of indoor and outdoor activities using local venues and green spaces, culminating in a large free Family Fun Day event on Friday 12th August with a whole range of fun activities to enjoy.  Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We are really excited to be back in South Cerney this summer and have put together a fantastic programme for the week including a range of things to suit all interests.  Activities will include learning outdoor survival skills at the Cotswold Forest School, climbing at Head 4 Heights, drop-in sports and games sessions and a chance to get creative with arts and crafts too. 

 We want to inspire kids to get active this summer, learn about healthy behaviours, try new things… and of course have lots of fun along the way!”

The funding was made available under the ‘Children’s Activity Fund’, a grant scheme from Gloucestershire County Council encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county.  World Jungle is delivering similar programmes in other areas in the Cotswolds too, each with the backing of the respective local councillor: Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach), Cllr Nigel Moor (Stow on the Wold) and Cllr Shaun Parsons (South Cerney).

Councillor Shaun Parsons said:

“I am really pleased to be able to support this programme again this year for children and families living in and around South Cerney.  It is hugely important to be able to offer a range of affordable and accessible activities in the heart of our community.  

 We hope the programme will build on the success of last year, helping families over the summer holidays and encouraging children to get active, try new things  and make use of our parks and green spaces.”

 Details of these local programmes together with other family events and youth events taking place over the summer across the Cotswolds can be found on the World Jungle website:  .  Booking is now open via the website for those activities that have limited spaces.  For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644 or email .

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It’s ‘Full of Life’ in Wotton-u-Edge!

Smiles, laughter and music filled the Community Room in Dryleaze Court again this Tuesday as attendees of the weekly drop-in group celebrated a special birthday of one of the group’s organisers.

‘Let’s Get Together’ is a free and friendly group that meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm-3.30pm at Dryleaze Court in Wotton and is open to everyone to just ‘drop in’.  There are always a variety of activities to enjoy including drawing, board games, poetry, singing and Graham playing ‘golden oldies’ on piano.  It is all done in a relaxed and informal way with many people just going along to enjoy a cup of tea, biscuit and a friendly chat.

The group is organised by Fiona Campbell and Boo Radclyffe from local community organisation World Jungle with support from Stroud District Council.  It is part of World Jungle’s ‘Full of Life’ programme  focussed on improving the health and wellbeing of older people living across Cam, Dursley, Wotton, Berkeley and Sharpness.   It aims to help combat issues of loneliness and isolation, bringing communities together and helping people to feel more confident, healthier and independent.

This week’s session was made even more special with the group surprising one of the organisers, Boo Radclyffe, with a beautiful basket of flowers for her birthday.

‘Full of Life’ Project Manager, Fiona Campbell from World Jungle said:

“We all really look forward to our Tuesday ‘get together’ in Wotton-u-Edge.  This is such a lovely and open group and we would really encourage more people to come along and join in.  You don’t have to live in Dryleaze to come, it is open to everyone and we promise a very warm welcome!”

  Other ‘Full of Life’ sessions take place regularly at venues in Cam, Dursley, Berkeley and Sharpness.  To find out more, please contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 01453 548880 (Wed & Thurs only) mobile 07474976403 or email .  For details of other local clubs, groups and support organisations, World Jungle has put together a useful online directory which is available by visiting .

World Jungle is also very keen to hear from anyone with an interest in volunteering in the community and offer a free training workshop based around how to help older people maintain their independence in later life and stay active in their community.

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