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Cancelled session today

Unfortunately the Funion Bargee has a technical problem and cannot be moved from its current mooring to New Bradwell. So we have had to cancel today’s (19th June) session, but we are hoping we might still be able to reposition the boat ready for Thursday. We are sorry for any disappointment. For an update visit this website or follow our Facebook page http://www.facebook/mkpaplay or our Twitter feed @mkplay

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Blisworth Canal Festival a big success

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The festival was bigger and better than last year and the weather didn’t seem to put anyone off.  Funion Bargee saw 100 children over the two days join in with dragonfly making, big art, pirate hats, telescopes and colouring. There was some fantastic feedback from the children and adults alike. All in all the weekend was a great success and we can’t wait to be part of the festival next year.

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Funion Bargee gets a new look!

The Funion Bargee has been given a new look thanks to some of the children and young people who have visited it on play sessions recently. We asked them to produce pictures which we could then put on the side of the boat to make is look more playful. They came up with loads of ideas and we held a competition to choose the ones which would finally be added to the boat. Mandy, one of the boat rangers, has a background in community art and led the project. She also worked with SignaRama  in Milton Keynes to transform the children’s pictures into transfers which could then be applied to the boat’s superstructure. Now nobody can mistake the Funion Bargee as it travels down the Grand Union for anything other than a playboat.

Amy and Olivia, two of the competition winners, helping Mandy to position one of their pictures.

 

 

Another of our winners, India (right) with her cousin Mia standing between India's pictures which are of them both.

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Looking for something different to do at half term?

The MKPA playboat is about as different a playspace as you can find in Milton Keynes. During half term we are running two sessions;

Monday 21st February -Barley Mow garden, Cosgrove-  10:30-12:30 – Cooking on the fire and more

Wednesday 23rd February – Barley Mow garden, Cosgrove – 1:30-3:30  – Bouncy castle (weather permitting) and more

http://thebarleymowcosgrove.co.uk/

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Mark Lancaster MP pays us a visit

 Yesterday (14th January) we were very pleased to receive a visit from Mark Lancaster MP (MP for Milton Keynes North). Mark and his political aide Richard dropped into a play session on the Funion Bargee so they could see this innovative project in action. The children and young people were keen to show and involve him in the session, which involved some decorating paper plates and painting. Whilst out on the towpath there was plenty of space to gather round the fire and toast marshmallows – yum!

Not only did it give Mark the opportunity to visit the project, but it gave us at MKPA the platform to discuss the importance of play for children and young people and the need to keep play on the political agenda.

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Send in your pictures for our Gallery

Thanks to John Mortimer for sending us this delightful picture of the Funion Bargee which he captured whilst out walking his dog. Have you seen the Funion Bargee on its travels? Have you taken any pictures? If you have why not email them into admin@mkpa.co.uk and we might put them up on the site.

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Session at Giffard Park Monday 5th July

Our next session will be at Giffard Park – behind ‘Sizzlers‘  The boatrangers will have a range of activities for children and young people to take part in. So come along after school, the session starts at 3:30.

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