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Playbus back and better than ever

PUBLISHED: 13:27 02 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

CHILDREN from all over Ipswich enjoyed the sweltering summer heat to see the new Community Playbus unveiled in the town.

CHILDREN from all over Ipswich enjoyed the sweltering summer heat to see the new Community Playbus unveiled in the town.

The launch came as The Evening Star revealed that the future of the bus hung in the balance because of a shortage of committee members.

But the event, at Christchurch Park, was a huge success with 350 people attending including potential committee members.

"The launch day went really well," said chairwoman Alison Catchpole.

"There were loads of new faces there after the article appeared in The Star. I am feeling really positive about the future of the Playbus now.

"There were about six people interested in joining the committee. We had one lady who was interested in being the treasurer. They will all be sent packs, but all seemed quite keen. Hopefully we will now have enough people to carry on."

Scores of children enjoyed the launch day activities which included a bouncy castle, ball pit, craft work, face painting, bus activities and a representative of the Suffolk School of Samba entertained the crowds.

The new bus –funded by Lottery cash – has a new improved design with built in cupboards. In addition to the downstairs facilities there is now an upstairs play area.

Costing in the region of £50,000, it provides play facilities for children, a meeting place for adults and offers advice.

It is available for six sessions a week for two and a half hour sessions in different areas of Ipswich, including Greenwich, Chantry, Stoke Park, the town centre and the Triangle Estate.

If you would like to become a committee member, telephone the Community Playbus Office on Ipswich 221521.

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