Garboldisham has received some doubly-good news following two grant awards for its sports and play facilities from Breckland District Council.
The council has agreed two separate funding bids for the village — £5,900 will be put towards refurbishing and enhancing the cricket club’s 25-year-old shower and toilet block, and a further £4,440 to partially resurface the multi-purpose games area at the recreation ground.
The games area is used by residents of all ages from the community of Garboldisham and also further afield
The village has a thriving cricket community, with four Saturday league teams, a friendlies side, an over 40s team, a ladies team, and 100-member youth section. The total cost of the refurbishment is £7,500.
Peter Barnes, Fixtures and Fundraising secretary at Garboldisham Cricket Club, said they were “delighted” at the grant award, and the work would make a “real difference to everyone.”
Improvements, totalling £6,250, will now be carried out at the recreation ground after tree roots damaged a section of the games area.
Mary Anne Feakes MBE, Chairman of Garboldisham Parish Council, said: “The games area is used by residents of all ages from the community of Garboldisham and also further afield.
“This funding will mean that we can restore the area to its previous good condition and work to mitigate the root damage can begin forthwith.
“This is good news for not only Garboldisham, but the surrounding areas.”
Cllr Charles Carter, Breckland Council’s Executive Member for Growth, added: “We received two very strong bids from the village and I’m pleased to support them both.
“This funding will make a real difference to residents in the village and encourage visitors to make use of the facilities too.”