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Kirby Cane and Ellingham Parish Council to toast playing fields success with party day of thanks

PUBLISHED: 16:09 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 10 August 2017

Kirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain Wright

Kirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain Wright

Iain Wright

A community is set to come together in celebration, as a parish council gives thanks to those who helped make a playground transformation possible.

Kirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain WrightKirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain Wright

For the past two years, Kirby Cane and Ellingham Parish Council has been gradually regenerating the playing field on Mill Road, fundraising as it goes.

In a project that began in November 2015, step-by-step the council has been adding extra pieces of equipment to the area, including climbing frames, accessible swings and a zip wire.

Kirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain WrightKirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain Wright

Now, the council is preparing to toast a job well done and thank all those that helped make the project happen.

Since the fundraising started, almost £60,000 has been raised for project, with local businesses, charitable funds and members of the public all contributing to the cause.

Kirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain WrightKirby Cane and Ellingham play area. Picture: Iain Wright

Julie Pickering, chairman of the council’s playing area committee, said: “This is our way to really show everybody that has helped just how appreciated they are, and let them see what they have contributed to.

“We are certainly very pleased with what has been achieved - it has certainly taken a lot of hard work.”

The party day, which is being held next weekend, will feature live music, various stalls and a variety of activities and games for the whole family to enjoy.

By the time the party is held, the final phase of the regeneration will have been completed - the addition of skate ramps to the park.

However, while this phase is the last one planned, the council will continue to look at ways to improve and maintain the field in future.

Mrs Pickering said: “The whole project started as an idea that the parish council had and kept growing from there.

“We intentionally decided to use a phased approach so the fields could keep their consistency and continue to be used. We are glad we did that.

“We are delighted that many local people have either volunteered their equipment or are willing to entertain the public at our party day.”

The party day will be held on the playing fields from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday, August 20, and is free to attend.

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