Delight as new play park is unveiled
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An 'exciting' new community facility has been unveiled after more than 18 months of hard work and efforts by a dedicated group of volunteers.
The smiles on the children's faces said it all as a new play park was officially opened to serve the Seething, Mundham and Thwaite villages.
Described as 'a major community project,' the new play park was opened on Seething village hall's sports field in South Norfolk on October 21. The opening culminated in almost two years of hard work to raise enough funds and complete the project, as the Friends of Seething, Mundham and Thwaite Play Park – a small group of parents and grandparents, who worked with the village hall committee to raise funds to renew the play equipment – held a special event to mark the occasion.
Rob Stockdale, co-ordinator, said: 'After much hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers, a brand new children's play area – complete with hexagon and toddler swings, log pile climber, adventure mound with tunnel, zip wire, plus toddler tower and picnic tables – has been installed.
'Our group of volunteers, parents and grandparents, have recognised the value of play, and in particular, communal children's play. In less than two years we raised the funds after our consultation clearly identified the need for a safe, attractive and exciting focus for our vibrant villages – and the community beyond.'
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Mr Stockdale said there had been a previous play park on the site, which was installed 22 years ago, but it had 'deteriorated to the point where it was no longer practical to keep up.'
He added: 'Me and my other half used to carry out minor repairs but it become too much so we thought it was time to get a new park. We wanted a place to take our grandchildren – for it to be a focus for the community. Somewhere for everyone to go.'
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Fundraising over the past couple of years has seen numerous events held – including jumble sales – with donations from main funders WREN's FCC Community Action Fund and Tarmac Ltd, via the Landfill Communities Fund, as well as Seething Parish Council and the village hall committee. There was also significant contributions from Adnams, The Geoffrey Watling Charity, Tesco, the Norfolk Community Foundation, John Fuller Ward Fund and South Norfolk District Council, as well as generous local donations from those who wished to remain anonymous.
Mr Stockdale added: 'Local people helped clear the park for the work to begin, and the opening was just really fantastic. After all this work to see the play park covered in children, well the hard work was worth it.
'I can't believe the response we have had – it's been huge. People are coming from far and wide to visit and use the park.'