40k play area revamp

Fishtoft playing field members celebrate getting a 40k grant.'Children celebrating with members L-R Hilary Fairweather, Paul Tetther, Sonia Jackson, Phil Joyce and Jan Joyce.
Fishtoft playing field members celebrate getting a 40k grant.'Children celebrating with members L-R Hilary Fairweather, Paul Tetther, Sonia Jackson, Phil Joyce and Jan Joyce.

CHILDREN in Fishtoft will soon get to benefit from their dream play area – thanks to the securing of a £40,000 grant that will bring about a revamp of the village facilities.

Campaigners from the Fishtoft Playing Field Trust successfully secured a grant for the money from Waste Recyling Environment (WREN) and hope to have the new play area ready in time for the village’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 4.

The trust applied for the grant after the restoration of Fishtoft Pavilion last August and had got the fundraising ball rolling in 2010 with a midsummer nights party in the village.

Secretary Jan Joyce said: “The play area has been in urgent need of replacement for many many years. This is an amazing achievement for Fishtoft village.

“This grant application has been supported by letters, emails and petitions from local residents.”

She dedicated the good news over the grant funding to village stalwart Brian Fairweather, who had been a keen part in the project before taking ill.

Brian, who opened Brian Fairweather Autos in the village with wife Hilary, recently died after a battle with cancer.

As part of the play area project, Fishtoft Primary School pupils drew pictures and wrote their own letters outlining what they would like to see in their dream play area.

The plans include new swings, a cradle swinging basket, a rumble bridge, a play tower and adventure trails.

Jan added: “Fishtoft is a beautiful village with a very nice playing field for varied sports.

“The new play area will be the cherry on the cake for our beautiful village.”

Work is due to begin shortly in a bid to meet the Jubilee goal.

l Groups in Fishtoft will be holding a day of celebrations at the playing field and pavilion on Monday, June 4, from 11am.

The proceeds will go towards picnic tables and benches for the new play area.

For more details of this event, or to offer your help, contact Jan on 07952 847705.