By Cait Sweeney at

The Duke of Marlborough gave his own seal of approval when he officially opened the new Wootton Memorial Field Playground on Friday.

As well as declaring the playground open, the Duke also took the time to try the new equipment out for himself – much to the delight of villagers.

The new playground, which features a play area for children along with outdoor fitness equipment for adults, will also provide much-needed PE facilities for the village’s primary school.

It is also hoped it will offer a meeting place for parents, grandparents and carers who otherwise have few means to contact others in the village.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the new Wootton Memorial Field Playground for inviting me along to officially open it,” said His Grace, the Duke of Marlborough.

“It is a wonderful new facility that, I hope, will become a real focal point for the village. I can personally vouch for the quality of the play equipment and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to join in the fun,” he added.
The opening event was the culmination of more than three years of planning and fundraising.

Blenheim, who made a significant donation towards the playground, are among a number of organisations who have provided funds to complete the new open space.

28/09/18. The Duke of Marlborough officially opens the Wootton Memorial Field Playground.
Picture: John Lawrence/Flamingo

As well as Blenheim’s contribution, the project has also benefitted from generous donations by Viridor Credits, National Lottery Big Fund, West Oxfordshire District Council and Cottsway Housing.

Pupils from Wootton Primary School have also been involved in the planning process and undertaken their own fundraising activities.

The school only has a hard-standing area onsite so use this playing field as their main sports field.

Interested in the Marlborough family? You can explore the Marlborough family tree from the first Duke right up to the 12th Duke of Marlborough in residence at Blenheim Palace today.
In 1688 John Churchill supported William III when William invaded and took the throne from James II. For his loyalty William elevated John from the lowest rank of the peerage, Baron, to that of Earl.
As his title he chose Marlborough because an earlier generation (a cousin of his mother), had previously been Earl of Marlborough (a title normally becomes defunct when the last male heir dies). He was given the Dukedom in 1702 and became the first Duke of Marlborough.

Visit: https://www.blenheimpalace.com/visit-us/the-palace/family-tree/