Council-funded Children’s Pilgrim ship launched to help celebrate Thanksgiving Day
A giant children’s play ship – named The Mayflower – was officially launched at Ranskill Park today (Thursday) to help celebrate local ties with the Mayflower Pilgrims.
The £19,000 ship has been jointly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and Ranskill Parish Council, and includes a Pilgrim-themed information board.
Many of the most influential Pilgrims who sailed to America on the Mayflower were from North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area. It is almost 400 years ago since this epic journey took place.
Pupils from Ranskill Primary School got on board the latest ‘Mayflower’ dressed as Pilgrims to also mark Thanksgiving Day.
Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“This new play equipment and information board is a fantastic way to help younger generations learn more about how about how people from this area helped form a new nation
almost 400 years ago.
“It is a great example of how the Local Improvement Scheme is helping local communities.”
Nottinghamshire County Councillor Tracey Taylor local councillor for Misterton, backed the project. She said:
“It’s lovely to see how Local Improvement Scheme funding is already having a positive impact on the local community. The new play ship is a great addition to the park.”
Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Andrew Cooke, said:
“We are always looking to improve the facilities in Ranskill Playground, as this is a very popular place for families, not just in Ranskill, but with children from other villages.
“The County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme was essential to make this project happen as this funding contributed to half of the total costs.
“It is a wonderful new item which is already a firm favourite with children.”
Deputy Head teacher at Ranskill Primary School, Jane Heald, added
“Pupils love this new feature of the Park.
“The Pilgrim story is on our school’s curriculum as we are proud of our local links.
The children really enjoy dressing up as Pilgrims each year as part of the special Thanksgiving Day we celebrate each year, including having a special roast turkey lunch.”