Great Ellingham play projects boosted by grants of almost £6,000

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Two new play projects planned for the Recreation Ground in Great Ellingham will now become a reality, after both secured grant funding totalling almost £6,000.

The ground will soon boast a brand new pétanque terrain, following the approval of a bid for a £4,200 grant by the 51 Pétanque Club.

This new amenity, set to be constructed in August, will be available to the public, as well as 51 Pétanque members, and it will coincide with the club’s relocation to the Recreation Ground.

Graham Beales, chairman of the 51 Pétanque Club, said: “The new facility will be available for use by the public as well as the club’s members and we already have interest from local residents, the scouts and a mid-week social group.”

“The improved facility also means we’ll be able to increase the number of teams in the league and hold competitions.”

Elsewhere on the ground, an application for £1,500 by the Great Ellingham Recreation Ground and Centre charity was green lit, in order to help finance a new swing set.

Mike Bowden, treasurer of the charity, said: “We already have a good public play area in place at the recreation ground.

“However, we still needed something for children aged 8-11 and this funding will enable us to buy two swings which will meet these children’s needs.”