Dersingham residents encouraged to get involved with project

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Residents are being encouraged to get involved in a project to develop a new village centre for their community.

Members of a working group leading the project to replace the existing church hall in Dersingham will be in the village’s Budgens store tomorrow, between 9am and noon, to meet residents.

And a cocktail party will be held next Friday, September 18, from 6.45pm, to update residents on the project.

The village’s parish council has been given the go-ahead to submit a second phase funding application to the Big Lottery Fund for the project.

Its chairman, Sue Payne, said: “We are fully aware that we have a long way to go. A new building is needed to improve the facilities for current groups so they can extend and improve their activities which benefit people in Dersingham and surrounding villages.

“There is also a need to do more to promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation, and raise aspirations for our children and their families.”

The plea has been made as villagers prepare to celebrate the refurbishment of the children’s play area in Hunstanton Road.

The work was funded by a successful application to WREN and residents are being urged to come along to the party, which will take place next Sunday, September 20, between noon and 4pm.

Chris Davey, chairman of the parish council’s recreation committee, said: “It has been lovely to see so many children enjoying the new equipment. We have had very positive comments from local residents.”

Places are still available for a car boot and table top sale which will take place at the event.

Anyone interested in taking a stall, or helping with the village centre project, should contact the parish council’s office on 01485 541465.