Villagers plan to transform Gresham playing field

Villagers, parents and children are hoping to transform a playing field and make into a flourishing community space.

A new committee in Gresham has been created with the aim of expanding and maintaining the village playing field and giving young people something to do.

The goal is to provide new sports equipment create a football team and provide kits, update the play and climbing equipment and have games of rounders as well.

Those on the committee, which includes parents and headteacher of Gresham Village School Marc Goodliffe, are looking to involve local children and teenagers, many of whom already have ideas on how to raise money and what they would like from the park.

Other plans include buying picnic tables to encourage more families from other areas to use the park as well as the families in Gresham and run a tuck shop from a hut which is already on the field but in need of repair.

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Allan Pemberton, who helped set up the committee, said: 'We have asked children to be involved because we want to encourage them to look after the park and appreciate what we are doing. We also want to make it a place not just for children but a family area as well, so it can be used by the whole community.'

The committee has also set out plans to create a footpath for dog walkers around the outside of the field and posters made by the children to encourage owners not to let their dogs mess on the field.

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One of the ways in which they are hoping to raise funds is by holding car boots and fetes. The first car boot will be held on the park on Sunday June 17 from 2pm-5pm, with a bouncy castle as well. The cost of the car boot is �5 a pitch.

Parking will be available on the field for the public or the school car park which is situated past the council houses which are next to the school.

Anyone wanting to help or be part of the committee or reserve a pitch at the car boot, can contact Allan and Bev Pemberton on 07920194554.

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