Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The first big step

£10,000 towards the refurbishment of the children's play area

There will soon be changes expected at the play area in the village, following the successful fundraising efforts of the Bucks Just Play project (working party for Old Buckenham Parish Council). With a total target of £61,000 for both the toddler and junior play areas, it seemed to be a mammoth task but with their own funds of £5,000 provided by the Parish Council, they have now attracted a grant from WREN of £10,000. A cheque was presented on Wednesday 19 November at the play area by Sarah Gosling, WREN Project Manager, to members of the Bucks Just Play group and Old Buckenham Parish Council.
Kerry Talbot of Bucks Just Play says the WREN award is a fantastic start to their grant funding and together with local support they have raised a grand total of £17,500 since June this year. The support for this project within the village has been amazing and very much appreciated. There is still a long way to go but the working party are confident that they can deliver the new play area chosen by the village people.
Funding for the project is still being sourced and applied for, with hopes that the junior area can be started early in 2009.
Sarah Gosling, Project Manager for WREN, came along to present the cheque. WREN support a number of play equipment projects and this particular one aims to provide much-improved facilities for a wide age range. WREN, based in Bridgham, administer the Landfill Community Fund scheme for the Waste Recycling Group.

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