Stoke Ferry pulls together

Stoke Ferry festival tug-of-war ANL-140718-140249001
Stoke Ferry festival tug-of-war ANL-140718-140249001

It’s going to be all change at Stoke Ferry playing field during the next two months – with new play equipment on the way.

This is as a result of a highly successful festival organised by the Stoke Ferry Playing Field Trust which completed the fundraising needed to complete stage one of the overhaul of the playing field.

The new play equipment has been ordered and a provisional booking of Monday, August 26, has been made to start the installation.

This means the current equipment will need to be dismantled and removed at the beginning of August so the ground can be prepared ready for the work to begin on time.

Trust officials say: “We need to say a huge thank-you to all those people in the village and surrounding areas who have supported the fundraising efforts.

“We acknowledge the enormous help we have had with all the grant funds awarded to us and especially the help and interest the fund managers have taken in our project.”

The main funding has come from WREN, the not-for-profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities fund.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “We are committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families – and Stoke Ferry play area will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun.

“We’re delighted to support Stoke Ferry Playing Field Trust to make this happen.”

Further funds came from the Mars In the Community Fund via Norfolk Community Foundation. The Foundation supports community and voluntary groups in Norfolk and by awarding a grant to The Playing Field Trust it means they are able to add more equipment to the project.

The Trust added: “We cannot forget that our own Parish Council has also awarded us a sum of money that will go towards part of the equipment. It is rewarding to see how enthusiastic our local community has been throughout.

“The launch date for the play area is scheduled to be September 21. We will have a fun day and barbecue and will officially open the play area.

“We encourage everyone to come along and see how wonderful this new equipment is going to be.”