Barnham Broom needs your vote to win big lottery prize

Forget Widdicombe or Wagner, a small Norfolk village with big plans for a new play area needs telephone votes for a TV contest that could vastly improve the lives of young people in its community.

Barnham Broom village hall and recreation ground, near Dereham, has won a place in the final of The People's Millions, a competition run by the BIG lottery fund and ITV, which sees community groups go head-to-head in a bid to win a lottery award of up to �50,000.

Today Barnham Broom's play area project, the only finalist from Norfolk, goes up against the EAST Waterside Community Centre in Ipswich for one of the �50,000 awards and viewers of the Anglia News will be able to see a short film about their bids at 6pm.

Barnham Broom hopes to install play equipment for young people aged five to 15 years old and a small outdoor fitness area for adults as currently the area only has outdoor play facilities for under-fives. The facility would also be advertised to surrounding villages and will encourage visitors to use bicycles rather than cars.

Heidi Frary, who submitted the bid, said they did not expect to get so far in the competition.

'We were gobsmacked really,' she said. 'We really hope people will pick up the phone and vote for us. When we did a questionnaire in the village a few years ago people wanted a play area for under-fives, a football pitch and play equipment for older children. We managed to get funding for the other two so when I heard about the People's Millions I offered to give it a go.

'If we are successful we will ask the children from the primary school to have a say in what they want but I am sure there will be lots of climbing and swinging equipment.'

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They will also consult the village on adult sports equipment that could be provided with the funds.

Even if the bid loses out on the night there is still another chance to win a grant. With eight different projects in the Anglia TV region going head-to-head over four days there is another bonus award of �50,000 for the runner-up who receives the most phone votes across the week.

Voters can register their support by calling 0871 626 8807 from 9am until midnight tonight. Calls cost 10p from a BT landline and you are allowed up to 10 votes each.