Help us buy a new slide for Troopers Hill Field

March 01 2020
Help us buy a new slide for Troopers Hill Field

News from the Friends of Troopers Hill

THANKS to the generosity of Immersive Theatres, Friends of Troopers Hill are offering three short planetarium astronomy shows, each aimed at different age groups, from 5 upwards. Part of Immersive Theatres’ business is to provide these shows for schools and its founder, Mario Di Maggio, lives locally to Troopers Hill and offered the shows as a fundraiser.

We were delighted to receive this offer and quick to see how any money raised could be used.

The much-loved red slide in Troopers Hill Field had rusted away so much last year, after more than 30 years of service, that Bristol City Council had to remove it for safety reasons. The council has told us that a new slide, of a very similar design, with modern safety surfacing, will cost in the region of £10,000. We will use the astronomy shows as a way to launch fundraising.

Places for the shows, to the held in the afternoon of Saturday April 18, are now available to book via the Friends of Troopers Hill website

The Friends are suggesting a donation of £3 per family group, which will cover the cost of hiring Summerhill Methodist Church on Air Balloon Road for the shows. Any larger donations and any surplus money will go towards the slide.

We are appealing to local people who used the old slide and who would like their children to use a new one, to help raise the money. If anyone wants to run their own fundraisers for the slide, please get in touch and we will help with your publicity. There must be over 1,000 bottoms that have used that slide since the 1980’s. If each person who has used the slide donated £10, we would exceed our target.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can use this link, call the Friends on 0117 947 5037, email or send a cheque, payable to “Friends of Troopers Hill” to 3 Corkers Hill, St George, Bristol BS5 8DT.

The Friends have a good track record of fundraising. We are looking into other possible sources of money but a much stronger case would be made for a new slide if local people showed how much they wanted the slide by contributing at least some of the money.

Any funds will be held for the new slide for two years. If, at the end of that time, the target has not been reached, the money will used for children’s activities at Troopers Hill.

Meanwhile, alongside this fund-raising activity, it will be business as usual on Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve, with much careful nature conservation work now that the bird nesting season has started. The Friends would welcome the help of anyone who has two hours to spare. There is a conservation work party on the first Saturday and third Thursday of every month, starting promptly at 10am and finishing at noon. Meet by the sign marking the start of the audio trail, at the entrance to Troopers Hill from Troopers Hill Field.


Susan Acton-Campbell