Top attraction needs your help

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(Last Updated On: February 10, 2020)

Now that the nights are getting lighter and the bulbs are showing through, it is only a matter of weeks before the Bay starts to prepare for the summer months.

One of the most used attractions for local residents and visitors is the Geo Play Park on Paignton sea front. During holidays and weekends it is not unusual for over a thousand children to use the park per day.

The NHS recommend that children:

  • Aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week
  • Take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones
  • Reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity. Aim to spread activity throughout the day. All activities should make you breathe faster and feel warmer

The Geo Park is a great place for children to use up a lot of energy, have fun and learn about the local area.

Originally funding by the National Lottery Fund, this very busy attraction is now mainly maintained by a small group of volunteers who do a fantastic job raising funds and keeping the area in good condition. But they really could do with a bit more help. So if you are handy with a broom, lawnmower or paintbrush and you would like to help, the link below will take you to their contact details.

https://torbaytogether.org.uk/activity/paignton-geo-park-volunteers-required

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!