Playing field improvements at Stoke Ferry

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Villagers are working hard to breath new life into a playing field by adding new equipment and a clubhouse.

Stoke Ferry Playing Field Committee hopes to install £43,000 worth of new equipment for teenagers and children in the autumn if the final £3,500 can be raised over three events in the coming weeks.

A planning application has also been submitted to put up a new clubhouse after the previous building was taken down following a vandalism attack. A portable building is being used temporarily.

Committee secretary Sue Lintern said the group was hoping to breath new life into the playing field.

She said: “The playing field was not very well used.

“Both projects are going to make a big difference.

“The support from the village has been amazing. We have held numerous events throughout the year and had amazing attendance to all of them. The community has been extremely generous in helping us to get this far.”

The committee began fundraising last year for the playing equipment and have so far collected £39,500.

Two multi-play areas for teenagers and toddlers along with a see-saw, roundabout and swings are hoped to be installed in September or October. The village’s current slide will be re-positioned during the project.

The final £3,500 is hoped to be raised at a family fun day, including a sack race, games and barbecue, will be held at the field on Sunday, from noon to 3pm. This will be followed by a bingo in the village hall on Friday, May 16, at 7pm.

A festival will be hosted at the field on Saturday, July 12, from 1pm to 9pm. This will include craft stalls, barbecue along a dj and band.

Mrs Lintern said: “We are getting very close and keeping our fingers crossed that the last three events will raise the last bit.”

The group will then need to start raising money and submitting grant applications for an the club house, which is estimated to cost £150,000.

It hopes to construct a new brick building with kitchen, showers and changing rooms.

Mrs Lintern said: “We already have an adult football team but we are hoping to start a junior football team and organise some other sporting events if the application is successful.

A planning application was submitted by West Norfolk Council last week.