‘Winner’ Announced- ‘A Name for The New Pathway’ Competition



Darcie, 8, Wins ‘Name the New Pathway’ Competition!


8-year-old Darcie Boyland of Puriton Primary School has been chosen as the Winner of the Villages Together Big Local ‘Name the New Pathway’ Competition.


Darcie was one of over 80 children from the Puriton and Woolavington Primary Schools who entered a special competition to name the new multi-use cycle and pedestrian path that’s being developed by Gravity, to create a safe, car-free link, joining the two villages together.


The pathway is part of Gravity’s wider project to create the UK’s first ‘smart campus’ – based on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory Bridgwater (ROF 37), which is located between Puriton and Woolavington.


Judges from Gravity, Puriton and Woolavington Parish Councils, and Villages Together Big Local reviewed all the entries and picked Darcie’s ‘Village Link Path’ as the winning name, with the runners-up being ‘Gravity Way’ by Harry Sprague, aged 10 and ‘Woolpur Link’ by Tommy Nation, also 10 – both pupils at Woolavington Primary School.


“Trying to pick a winner was very difficult, as there were so many good entries!” explained Vanda Crow, the Chair of Villages Together, “However, the judges liked the directness of the winning suggestion, and I am delighted that Darcie – and the two runners-up – will receive book tokens kindly donated by Gravity.  In addition, all the children who entered the competition will be given ‘certificates of participation’, and, to acknowledge the enthusiasm, imagination, and creativity of all their suggestions, Villages Together are also donating book-sets to the ‘book corners’ of classes in both schools.”





Notes to the Editor:


Villages Together:  In 2012, the villages of Puriton and Woolavington were awarded £1million Big Local funding from the Big Lottery Fund.  ‘Villages Together’ is a partnership of local residents who oversee the Puriton and Woolavington Big Local project, supported by ‘Locally Trusted Organisation’ SHAL Housing – a community-based provider of social housing with over 750 homes across Somerset.


Contact: Jenny Manners, Villages Together Administrator

Phone: 07597 591 251

E-mail: Jennifer@shal.org

Website: http://www.purwool.org.uk/


Gravity:  Gravity’s 616-acre smart campus site is located between the villages of Puriton and Woolavington, near to Bridgwater, and will be a centre for clean growth, employment, and the talent and technology of the future.  Chosen for its strategic location, it is set to become an innovation micro-climate at the heart the Great South West of England.

Website: https://thisisgravity.co.uk/


Puriton Primary School and Woolavington Village Primary School:  Both Puriton and Woolavington Primary Schools are part of the Clevedon Learning Trust; a Multi Academy Trust formed on 1st January 2015, with the mission “to provide the best possible educational experiences for all our children, so they can live as confident, happy, and responsible citizens”.


Puriton Primary School: https://www.puriton.somerset.sch.uk/

Woolavington Primary School: https://www.woolavingtonvillageprimaryschool.co.uk/

Clevedon Learning Trust: https://www.clevedonlearningtrust.org.uk/


Puriton Parish Council: https://puritonparishcouncil.org/


Woolavington Parish Council: https://www.woolavington-parishcouncil.co.uk/


SHAL Housing Limited: https://www.shal.org/


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