A FUN day will be held at Queensway playing fields this month to celebrate four decades of association ownership.

In 1979 the Queensway Playing Fields Association was formed by three residents of Queensway to establish a safe area for the children of the estate to play away from the road.

Talks were held with North Shropshire District Council to create an area on the former allotments adjacent to Pauls Moss and in early 1980 work started to clear the former allotments which had become a dumping ground.

As soon the area was cleared and after a lot of fundraising, swings and slides were erected and an area marked out for football.

Then in 1984 the association took on the Pauls Moss site which included the pool. Through grants and donations and a lot of fundraising this area was also cleared and levelled.

Since then trees and shrubs have been planted and a lottery fund of £114,000 in 1999 provided more play equipment, equipment sheds and the tools the association needed to maintain the park.

Along the way the association have also won and received various awards.

Chairman of the Queensway Playing Fields Association, Barry Hale, said: "Today you will see an established park with play area, wild life sanctuary, orchard and allotments.

"This is all run by volunteers who give up their spare time to create pleasure for all.

"To mark this occasion we will be holding a fun day on August 18 on the park and we are looking for anybody that as a stall, side show or any form of entertainment.

"Also we invite other clubs and organisations in the Whitchurch area to come and join us to raise funds for their clubs or organisations on the day, no pitch fee, just a donation at the end of the day."

To get in touch with Barry, email baz16@talktalk.net