Summer 2008 – New Play Area for Mundford

Now we all know that August is not the best time to sow grass seed, but thanks to the wonderfully typical British summer of 2008, Mundford is proud to announce its new play area is open with not just its great new equipment, but also fresh new grass surfacing and not the bare dry soil we first feared. It all began back in 2006. The Mundford Recreation Ground and Village Hall Trust own the play area in the rural village of Mundford. It decided that our old equipment, some of which was over 40 years old, was in desperate need of replacement. We wanted to install a new and exciting play area with equipment that would provide a safe area to encourage outdoor play, for tots to teens of all abilities. We wanted to include picnic benches to encourage children and families to come together, socialise, enjoy a picnic and generally have fun. We wanted to make a difference to the lives of the children in our village and the smaller surrounding villages and we believed our children deserved a play area to be proud of.

We held an open morning to ask the opinions of the residents, especially the children, what they liked or disliked about 3 designs. This was the first fund raising event of many to obtain funds and grants towards our final total of over £57,000.

After the long and consuming process of obtaining grants, finally we had raised enough install the new equipment. Luckily we had some great parent volunteers who helped to save over £2400 by clearing and levelling the site ready for the installation. This also meant we sold the old equipment for scrap and added more money to our funds. Without the support of the following we would not have been able to complete this project to the scale it is today: Norfolk Playing Field Association, WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental), Breckland District Council, Mundford Parish Council, Tesco Community Award Scheme, Garfield Weston Foundation, Norfolk Rural Community Council, RAF Lakenheath, OCSC Philanthropic Committee, Mundford Play Area Committee, Mundford Mother and Toddler Group, Mundford Playgroup, Mundford Primary School, Mundford Post Office, Mundford Cricket Club, The Crown Hotel, Breckland Lodge N.8707, Mundford Connect village magazine along with private donations from village residents, parents and businesses.