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New £25,000 park opens in Norfolk village

PUBLISHED: 14:24 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 17 September 2018

Children from Rocklands Community Primary School. Picture: Marc Betts

Children from Rocklands Community Primary School. Picture: Marc Betts

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Youngsters in a Norfolk village will have a play area for years to come after parents and businesses were able to raise more than £25,000 for new equipment.

A new swing has been installed. Picture: Marc BettsA new swing has been installed. Picture: Marc Betts

Residents in Rockland All Saints, near Attleborough, raised £29,827 through a variety of events and grants after parents found there was no space for their children to play.

Laura Spratt, 36, and Kirsty Rauter, 40, spearheaded the campaign and started spreading the idea with other parents.

Dance teacher Mrs Spratt said: “At the end of summer last year we were going to other parks to play with our children and having to drive to other areas.

“We were talking in the pub and said that it was ridiculous having to drive to a park so started the campaign.”

Refreshments were on offer at the opening. Picture: Marc BettsRefreshments were on offer at the opening. Picture: Marc Betts

Mrs Spratt and Mrs Rauter started talking to other parents at Rocklands Community Primary School and found that there was an interest in bringing a new playing area to the village.

Mrs Spratt, a mother-of-three, added: “We did a questionnaire at the school and letter drops around the village and once we collected that information we spoke to the children at the school to see what they wanted.”

The site of the new equipment had housed a set of swings and old equipment that needed updating, including a set of metal bars and climbers made of wood and metal chains.

At the opening youngsters were treated to cake in the park.

£25,000 worth on new equipment has been put in the park. Picture: Marc Betts£25,000 worth on new equipment has been put in the park. Picture: Marc Betts

Mrs Rauter said: “Everyone is really pleased that the work has been done as there are a lot of children in the village and now that the new equipment is in, the park is a lot busier.

“Now there is always a family down here, whereas before it was looking a bit tired.”

A grant from the National Lottery Fund raised £10,000, The Mann Trust, based in the village, donated £5,000 and The Dulverton Trust gave £5,000.

Mrs Rauter added: “Outside of our fundraising we had people in the village give donations and local businesses support us.

“With the equipment that was already here, like the swings, they will need updating at some point.

“We want to make sure that the park is here for a long time and the community can enjoy it.

“It has really made us realise what we have in the community and seeing the children come out and enjoy the park has really made it all worth it for us.”

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