By RICHARD WOOD
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A dream of families being able to play together on a new community playing field is just months away.
Years of hard work has been put in to apply for grants to create a playing field in Woodton, and seeding should now be able to begin in the spring, hopefully allowing it to be in use by the summer.
Trustees of Woodton New Playing Field have worked tirelessly to raise money, and a latest grant of more than £17,500 has opened the way for play equipment to be built on the field once the grass grows.
Jane Bond, secretary, said that seeding would begin for the field and football pitch when the weather improves and that she was “absolutely thrilled” about the progress after years of applying for grants.
The latest boost is a £17,507 grant from the Sita Trust for play equipment, including a toddler climber, three types of swings and a mountain tower combination.
Tony Read, chairman of the trustees, said: “This Sita grant has been a great boost helping us to complete yet another piece in the jigsaw to our QEII field ensuring the residents of Woodton and Bedingham have a field in perpetuity.
“We would also like to thank the two third party funders Fitzmaurice Logistics and Musker McIntyre estate agents who opened the gates to this grant”.
The 4.4 acre site on the corner of Church Road and Norwich Road was taken on by the trustees in 2007 on a 125-year lease with Fields in Trust.
A wide range of groups have given grants to the project, including Norfolk Community Foundation, the Geoffrey Watling Charity and Sport England, while it was also chosen as a Queen Elizabeth II playing field to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee last year.
In July 2011 the first piece of earth was ceremonially dug and after levelling work took place last year it is now ready for seeding.
The entrance, roadway and car park have already been completed and are now in use from Woodton Primary School.
However, applications for grants continue with a multi purpose shelter, adult gym equipment and an all-weather play surface among the other hopes.