Village fairy trail launched

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 05 July 2024

A Saddleworth community is planning to step into a magical wonderland by opening its own Fairy Trail.

The industrious Friends of Dobcross School (FODS) committee are keen to host an event to provide a low cost activity for families coming to the area to enjoy the village’s nature and wonderful surroundings.

The community-based trail will be open between August 19 and September 1 to provide a “delightful experience” for visitors.

And to support their mission, they have come up with a raft of traditional Fairy Tale display themes including Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Hansel and Gretel, the Ugly Duckling and Teddy Bears Picnic.

And they plan to sell maps charting  the trail around the village and the lovingly hand-crafted, local community displays - all aimed at raising money towards school/wider community.

Said FODS chair, Emma Broadbent: “Our aspiration is our community will support turning our village into a fairy enchanted space for families to experience.

“We want to encourage outdoor activity which is at the centre of physical, social, emotional, imaginative, and cognitive development.

"Exercise improves health and well-being for not only the children of our school, but the wider community and visitors.“

And she added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of residents who have already stepped forward to produce and have displays in their gardens.

"We also have support from the Greenfield Men in Sheds who will produce displays for anyone willing to have something in their garden, but need support to build the display."

And a message to Dobcrosses asks:

Can you help with having a display in your garden to be part of the trail?

And/or could you support providing a display for the community to use?

In the run-up to promoting the trail, FODS have support from the Swan Inn, The Dobcross Village Store, Lime Kiln and the Dobcross Band and Social Club, and will have maps available to sell.

If you can help, please get in touch with the FODS team at;

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