The children’s play area at the Charltons Community Centre is in dire need of redevelopment. A small group of villagers have committed to undertake the necessary fundraising activities to do this on behalf of the Parish Council who are the owners of the Community Centre and Field.


We have consulted with the villagers and there is significant support for the plans which are to create areas that are totally inclusive and meet the needs of ALL our residents from the ages of 0 – 100+ years old and for those with Special Needs and/or Disabilities.

Our vision is to provide an exciting space for

  • under 5’s

  • children up to 12yrs

  • teenagers

  • adults

and quiet sensory/garden area

We are working in close partnership with Rob Parr, the South Somerset Locality Officer who has a wide experience of supporting these kinds of projects.

Project Group

Nina Gronw Lewis            07742117770

Dee Harrison                      01458 223015

Dawn Richards             07976 605189

Jody Allen                  01458 224668

Andrea de Berker         01458 223227


Planned Fundraising Activities:


Friday, February 14th  Love Poetry Readings by Valerie Singleton and Mark Freestone, kindly hosted by Lord and Lady Zouche at the Abbey, Top Road Charlton Adam. Tickets £10 available from the Post Office in Charlton Adam.

Valerie Singleton (of Blue Peter fame and local actor Mark Freestone shared a whole cornucopia of love poems – some old and familiar, others the work of local residents but no less moving and wonderful to listen to. A full house in The Abbey in Charlton Adam listened with delight to the performance and over £600 was raised.

Saturday, May 9th A celebration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Hosted at the Court, Bonfire Lane, Charlton Mackrell in partnership with SAAFA.

  • Celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in true vintage style on Saturday 9th May in the beautiful surroundings of The Court, Bonfire Lane, Charlton Mackrell.

  • We will be solemnly remembering the many sacrifices made during the Second World War by so many people both in the services and in the community.

  • However, we will also be celebrating the ending of the war in great style. Enjoy the music of the period in wonderful surroundings with good company.

  • Choose from hot dogs, a hog roast or jacket potatoes with many toppings, including vegetarian and vegan options, a cream tea or an ice cream.

  • Relax with a Prosecco, beer or cider at our licensed vintage bar.

  • Entry is by Ration book which can be purchased at the Post Office in Charlton Adam from April or at the gate on the day.

  • Bake a cake in VE style in our Charltons bake-off for children and adults. This will be judged by a local chef. For details of how to enter contact

  • Join in our best-dressed vintage competition for adults and children.

  • Enjoy a display by the children of the village who can also enjoy a children's' street party tea free but please book at

  • We will have lots of games and entertainment for the children including Punch and Judy, hole for the head photo-boards, scrambling nets and a commando course.

  • Talk about the war with local residents who will share their memories and enjoy a display of memorabilia and models of the period displayed by the South Somerset Modelling Club.

  • Admire the wonderful vintage cars and motorbikes.

  • Buy local crafts at our market stalls.

  • Buy a raffle ticket and win a great prize.

  • We do hope to see you there. Proceeds in aid of SSAFA and the Project Charltons redevelopment of the play and leisure equipment on the Memorial Playing Fields in the Charltons

Saturday, June 14th Summer Ball





January                           Project Group set up.

January - March              Consultations with Rob Parr from South Somerset to scope the project.

May                                 The Charltons Parish Council accept the project as part of the work of the Parish Council.

June                                Consultation document circulated across the village and primary school.

July                                  Feedback on consultation at Village Day.

August – December        Working with play equipment providers to obtain potential plans and estimates. Developing fundraising ideas.

November                       Appeal for support from village organisations.


January                           Ongoing funding applications.

                                        Appeal for financial support from local businesses.

February                         Appeal for financial support from villagers.

Friday, February 14th      Celebrate Valentines Day in the Charltons at a delightful reading of Love Poetry by invitation of Lord and Lady Zouche at The Abbey in Top Road, Charlton Adam TA11 7BE on Friday 14th February. This stunning venue will provide you with a very seasonal experience. As you relax by an open log fire sipping a chilled glass of fizz, or a hot cup of tea if you prefer, beautiful and romantic poetry will be read to you…some old and familiar, others the work of local residents but no less moving and wonderful to listen to. The poems will be read by supporters of Project Charltons Valerie Singleton of Blue Peter fame and our very own Romeo aka Mark Freestone.

There will be two performances 4 - 5.30 pm and 7- 8.30 pm. Places will be limited so book your tickets now at Charlton Adam Post Office or at



We would like to thank the following for their contributions to our fundraising efforts:


  • The Charltons Parish Council for their grant of £10,000 over the next 3 financial years.


  • The Charltons Tennis Club for their donation of £3840.


  • The Charltons Pluckers for their Concerts.


  • Charltons Churches for their offer to run two village cafes in 2020.


  • CHADS for offering to produce a theatrical performance.


  • Lord and Lady Zouche, Richard and Melissa Grafton for hosting our events at their beautiful homes.


  • Kate O’Boyle, Sue Carey and team for organising the summer ball which will raise money for ProjectCharltons amongst other causes.


Donations can be given to any of the project group.

Cheques should be made payable to The Charltons Parish Council or BACS payments can be made to The Charltons Parish Council Account number 43072798  Sort Code 60 21 01


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