Manthorpe Park is set in one acre of land in a residential street (Roxby Road), close to the village centre. It is the route to the local primary school and surrounded by residential property and a perimeter fence. The park is privately owned by the people of Thornton Le Dale, Wilton and Ellerburn and managed by a local volunteer management committee.
The park was established in 1965 by some local residents having seen the need for a play area for children in Thornton le Dale. They secured a loan from the National Playing Fields Association at the time, and spent the next four years fundraising to pay it off. Today, the park is still totally dependent on local fundraising and we still have two of the original founders residing on the committee - Grace Rogers and Mary Manthorpe. At the bottom of this page you will find the Constitution Document for the Association. Click here to see a pictorial history of the park/more. Our thanks to John Scoble for the music on this presentation, which comes from his Charity CD. John can be contacted via Thornton Dale Ukuleles.
The Park Today
Within the park, the children benefit from a fenced skate park area and a fenced multi use games area. The remainder of the park, two thirds of an acre, is laid out on grass with swings, roundabout, slide and rocking horse. There is a graffiti wall and waste bins.
In January 2011 new climbing play equipment for toddlers and juniors, a bird nest swing and large see-saw were installed. In addition, there are now five picnic tables for parents and children to gather together and three boulders to encourage natural play. Trees have recently been planted to improve the natural environment, and bulbs have been planted for the enjoyment of local people in spring. Click here to go to our FaceBook page
A Big Thank You
For the support from all the residents and visitors to Thornton le Dale to all of our events. As you know, we have ongoing maintenance, insurance, grass cutting and safety costs, and with ever increasing prices we must continue to raise money for these important and ongoing commitments. Thank you for everything you are doing to support us!
What's On 2018
We are in the process of planning the installation of an adventure trail which will be a fantastic asset to the park. We are also planning to purchase a wooden shelter as this has been highlighted in questionnaires as something people would like to have in the park.
We we will be carrying out some resurfacing work and general update of some equipment.
We also have lots of exciting fundraising events planned for this year -
*A fundraising night at The Buck Inn - planning a local band and special grand raffle!
*A funday in the park
*We will have a stall at Thornton Dale Gala on 27th May selling pre loved toys and cakes.
*A duck derby - date to be confirmed.
What you can do to help Manthorpe Park:
- Make a cash or cheque donation.
- Set up an annual standing order payment.
- Become a ‘Friend of Thornton-le-Dale Playing Field’.
Gift aid forms are available to enable us to claim an extra 25% on top of your donation (income tax payers only)
If you can help please contact us using the form below so we can send you the necessary information.
On behalf of the children of Thornton-le-Dale and the Management Committee.
Charity Number 523435
The Committee meets once a month to discuss issues and opportunities for the park, including how to fundraise to pay for insurance, maintenance and improvements of the facilities. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 19.30 either at the Hill Institute or the Buck Inn.
Our Committee Members:
Anna Robinson, Chairperson: "I have been fortunate enough to grow up in Thornton Le Dale and spent most of my childhood playing in the park! I now have 2 young children who also love and benefit from this wonderful place. I have been on the commitee now for the past 3 years and have taken over as chairperson in March 2017. I find this a great honour and strive to keep the park a safe and secure environment for all our children to enjoy. The park relies entirely on your donations, fundraising events and grants. We are a committed group of volunteers who work hard to maintain this wonderful facility. We appreciate your continued support."
Natalie Ellis, Vice Chairperson
Like many others I was lucky enough to have access to a local play park as a child growing up and I’m delighted my own children will have the same opportunity. I joined the committee to help ensure our community continues to offer a safe, fun space for our children to meet and play and spend time outdoors with their friends.
Eleanor Waller, Secretary: "As a child, I used to visit the park most weekends with my family on our day trips to Thornton Dale. Many years later I am privileged to be living in the village and now use the park with my own young son who loves the variety that the park offers. I joined the committee to ensure that this facility continues to provide a safe and fun environment for the young and old for years to come".
Sara Chaplin, Treasurer and Grants Officer
Also on our committee are Mary Manthorpe, Grace Rogers, Hannah Turlington, Nancy Firth, Donna Firth, Claire Mullins, Nicki North, Rosie Stoddard, Cassie Plant.
Link to map of the park:
Anyone interested in supporting Manthorpe Playing Field, either through donations, helping to raise funds, or by providing their input and ideas, please contact any of the Committee members via Facebook (Thornton le Dale Manthorpe Park) or face to face.
Files to download
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