Happy days – but no swing play for kiddies on Sundays

Children play in the paddling pool and on swings in 1963 at the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, Poulton. BELOW: Memorial Park gates in 1926.
Children play in the paddling pool and on swings in 1963 at the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, Poulton. BELOW: Memorial Park gates in 1926.
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THERE are two parks in one in the centre of Poulton – and they are fortunate to have the same friends.

The Jean Stansfield Memorial Park and Vicarage Park merge as they border Vicarage Road, Station Road and Higher Green.

Jean Stansfield Memorial Park gates in 1926.

Jean Stansfield Memorial Park gates in 1926.

The area has recently been improved and landscaped by Wyre Council, with renewed pathways and lighting, which makes it safer.

There is new planting, with more to come and what are termed “greatly enhanced vistas” for all to enjoy in a beautiful environment with mature trees.

New seating and a picnic area have also been added.

Previously a multi-use games area and a youth shelter were provided through lottery funding.

A hard performance area has been created centrally, where it is hoped entertainment can take place during the summer months by local bands and entertainers.

The Friends of the Park are now working towards updating the play area in the Jean Stansfield Memorial Park, which was bequeathed to the people of Poulton by the Stansfield family in 1926, in memory of their daughter, a pupil at Westbourne House, who died at the age of 10, and who is buried in Moorland Road cemetery.

The land purchased by the Stansfields for the memorial park was once part of 12 acres of glebe land held by Richard Fleetwood, in 1617.

A play area was made for children, but until the 1960s swings were tied together on Sundays, so that they could not be used.

Vicarage Park has always been a popular, well-used area for families and originally the main park was the home ground of Poulton Football Club.

Many also enjoyed the miniature golf, public tennis courts and skate park which were once sited here.

There have been two successful community events in the park – a fun day in 2010 and a picnic in the park last year. Both were very well supported and funds were raised towards future developments, especially in the play area where an improved range of equipment and facilities suitable for children are to be introduced.

n If you have any memories, photographs or tales about the park in former times, the Friends of the Park would like to hear from you, as they are hoping to compile a history of the park, some of which could be displayed with information on new notice boards within the park. Recent information between 1989 and 2009 would be especially welcome. Email salvete@talktalk.net or ring (01253) 886369.