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Too young for the pub...so Bishop's Stortford schoolboy devises a playground crawl



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A pupil at Windhill21 and his mum have come up with a cheap summer holiday activity for Bishop’s Stortford families while helping to raise money for their primary school.

Oliver Klumpler, 9, who will be starting Year 5 in September, has devised the Bishop’s Stortford Playground Crawl with mum Flora, taking in all 24 play areas around the town.

Flora explained: “We realised that the town is fortunate to have some amazing playgrounds, featuring different play equipment, and so following a suggestion by my nine-year-old son, who was deeply unimpressed that he is not allowed to do a pub crawl yet, we have devised a more age appropriate playground trail, or crawl, which we will be running over the summer.”

Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064715)
Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064715)

Bishop’s Stortford Playground Crawl guide books, which feature the locations of the 24 play areas, cost £2 and are available from the Indie’s North Street office. Proceeds will go to the Windhill21 School Association (WSA), which raises money for the benefit of the school and pupils.

The playground crawl follows the success of the WSA’s town trail, which was concocted by another Windhill21 parent last summer. “I think we raised about £200 and we’re hoping to do the same this year,” Flora said.

Her daughter Emilie, who starts Year 3 after the summer holidays, is as charity-minded as her older brother. In March, she had her long blonde hair chopped off to raise money to save her favourite animal, pangolins, the world’s most illegally trafficked wild animals.

Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064713)
Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064713)

Oliver and Flora’s guide provides the postcodes of each playground, along with a ticklist so explorers can mark off the ones they visit.

The booklet also includes two tried and tested trail routes, so participants can pack picnics and venture out for a whole day of play.

Oliver has offered participants his recommendations, such as which playgrounds feature the best climbing frames, the best slides and which are best for younger children.

There is also a treasure hunt. In 19 of the 24 playgrounds, there is a letter hidden on the back of the sign. Those who find all 19 can uncover a secret phrase and enter a prize draw.

Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064718)
Thorley Wedge Paly Area, Bishops Stortford. Windhill21 pupils Poppy (9), Holly (9), Emilie (7), Oliver (9) and Alex (9) promoting the BS Playground Trail. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (14064718)

To be in with a chance of winning one of two gift vouchers, participants need to email this phrase, along with their name and school, to wsa@windhill.herts.sch.uk. The closing date is Friday, September 27.



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