Sketch of Playground
Sketch of Playground

We are aiming to enhance our community by building a children’s playground at Bell Meadow. We had a target of £25k which we are delighted to have achieved through fundraising and grant applications.

With the main fundraising goal achieved, we now need to raise a smaller sum to complete fencing, bins, signage etc. but work to begin the installation of the playgroud equipment is moving forward with a deadline of 1st December for receiving quotations and the order will be placed soon after. The build is planned for Spring 2021.

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Next Steps

We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved our £25k target and the Working Party are now proceeding with the next stage of the project.  Unfortunatly the orignal playground company selected were unable to proceed so we have gone back out to invite quotations from playground companies, the deadline is 1st December for quotes. The Playground committee are then due to meet w/c 7th December and the Parish Council will be asked to ratify their recommendation on 14th December. The order (following due diligence) will be placed soon after and it is planned that the build will take place in the Spring of 2021.

We launched our fundraising at Bell Meadow Day on 25th August 2019 where we had a stall to display information about the playground and also about the task of raising £25k in order to achieve the project.  Some of this funding has been raised locally with events, crowd funding etc and we have been busy with Grant applications. 

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards For All fund.

We are also delighted to announce that we have been awarded £10,000 from the Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund.

We are also grateful to Essex County Council for a £1000 grant for picnic benches which has been awared from Councillor Penny Channer’s Locality Fund.

We still need to raise funds for the fencing (which will be a community installation project – get in touch if you have relevant skills) and also for bins, signage etc.

Do get in touch if you have any experience or would like to get involved.  You can email: 

It is hoped that the playground will be installed during Spring 2021.

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