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It's play time in Bawburgh!
20 July 2017

Bawburgh Village Hall Committee have secured a £50,000 grant to install new playground equipment in Bawburgh, Norfolk. The funding comes from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.  There was also a generous grant from Cllr David Bills of South Norfolk Council, as well as a contribution from the village youth club and some local fundraising.

The current playground, installed 12 years ago is starting to show its age.  Some equipment needs to be replaced on safety grounds and it was felt that there was not much on offer which was suitable for older children and those with disabilities. The Biffa Award, and other funding will allow the redevelopment of the playground with a variety of exciting new equipment which offers things for a wide range of children, including a zip wire, nest swing, roundabout and climbers to appeal to different age groups, as well as installing safety surfacing.

Kate Smallwood, Village Hall Committee and Bawburgh mum said:

The playground is at the heart of our community. We live increasingly hectic, busy lives which can end up meaning we don't even know our next-door neighbours or those who live on our street. The playground provides an opportunity for families, grandparents and children to meet others in their own community who they might not have otherwise have come into contact with. Some new and up to date equipment will give our park a new lease of life and a boost to the community.

Kathy Watchorn, Bawburgh Village Hall Committee and Bawburgh mum said:

Our village is small but has a tremendous community attitude. The village is expanding and the playground is an essential part of why people want to live here. The new playground will play a vital role in our community; allowing parents, children and other family members to come and enjoy the open space and experience the new equipment for all ages.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said:

Bawburgh is a close-knit community with big ambitions. The new playground will provide the village with a new focus, where the community can come together. We’re pleased to be able to support the Village Hall Committee with a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund.