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You're never too old to play!

Lottery Funded Wattisfield Play Area was Officially Opened by Celebrity Lex Shrapnel.

Celebrity Lex Shrapnel - below - (who appeared in K-19: The Widowmaker, Minder, Thunderbirds & Captain America and also used to attend Wattisfield school); officially opened a new play area for Wattisfield on Sunday 29th November.

Lex Shrapnel

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Members of the local community and those from surrounding areas joined together to celebrate the success of this project brought about by being awarded a Community Spaces programme grant of £49,950 earlier in the year.

The Wattisfield Play Area project is the result of years of hard work from community members to obtain funding and coordinate the project. The fantastic new play area has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund Community Spaces programme (administered by Groundwork UK’s Open Grants department), along with additional support from Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council.

Marya Parker, Community Spaces Facilitator said: ‘It's great to see local people achieving their ambitions for their community. As a facilitator for the Community Spaces Grant Scheme, it has been a pleasure to work with this group to support them with their project. They are enthusiastic, positive and dedicated and have worked hard to get this new play area’.

A generous contribution to allow this project to go ahead also came from Mid Suffolk District Council. Derek Osborne, District Councillor, Mid Suffolk District Council said: 'I have supported Wattisfield's play area project right from the beginning and am delighted to join in celebrating its opening'.

Sara Michell, Councillor for Mid Suffolk District Council added her support: 'It is very good news that Wattisfield now has a play area equipped for a wide age range from toddlers to older children. This has been a long time coming and I am delighted that Mid Suffolk has been able to contribute. Congratulations and thanks are due to the group of villagers who have worked so hard to achieve what will be a great asset to the village.  It is a great example of partnership working’. Further financial support was awarded by Suffolk County Council’s Community Regeneration Fund. Councillor Eddy Alcock, Chair CRF (Community Regeneration Fund) panel.

Suffolk County Council said: 'Suffolk County Council has invested £8,000 into this worthy project to support Children's Play in Wattisfield. The project meets many of the council’s objectives for supporting children and young people and promoting community self help. We are pleased to be a partner in this project, and are glad to see that the Big Lottery Fund has invested in this area of the county'.

The new play area is aimed at the whole community and caters for both the young and the young at heart with the inclusion of a large swinging basket suitable for older children, adults and those with mobility problems.

The addition of a new seating area funded by donations from local organisations; Wattisfield Parish Council, Wickstead Leisure Ltd and Diss Motorcycle Club will also allow visitors to the community area to sit and relax.

The launch event on Sunday was an opportunity to bring together those in Wattisfield and the surrounding area for a day of celebration. Activities for the day included; story telling, football skills training, balloon sculpture, tug-o-war, teens disco, afternoon tea and more.

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