£70,000 for the official opening of Barford Playground

06:00 7 October 2022

01:14 PM October 7, 2022

The new £70,000 village playground will open in style on Saturday.

Mums in Barford, near Norwich, have spent more than a year raising money to replace tired equipment in village playgrounds near Chapel Street.

Children will be able to play on it for the first time during a special evening which starts at 2 p.m.

This will be followed by a charity football match, and evening bar, food and live band at the Festival Hall.

Similar events – known as Barford Socials – have become part of village life in recent years.

The fundraising bid was led by Rosanna Kellingray, Charlotte Wyeld, Laura Timm and Aleksandra Hyett-Goszczynska, all of whom have young children at Barford Primary School.

Ms Kellingray said: ‘We first got together over Christmas after deciding something needed to be done, the old playground was so awful.

“The play equipment was around 25 years old, broken and becoming unsafe.

“We wanted to provide a much bigger and better play facility suitable for a wider age range and those who are less physically able. It was a daunting task.

“Without a doubt, our community will be revitalized by the new facilities. The kids are so excited to finally be able to play on the equipment on Saturday. Thank you to our funders and local people for helping to make this possible.

Primary school children were asked what they would like to see in the playground. Escalation was a popular response.

Two of them will be selected to carry out the official opening – and the first tests on the equipment – on Saturday afternoon.

The new playground also has equipment for less mobile children, including a special swing and talking tubes.

Funding was secured from the Biffa Award, National Lottery Community Fund, Alan Boswell Insurance, Aviva, Barford and Wramplingham Parish Council and various local fundraising events.

Harold B. McConnell