Cash boost for playing fields project

PUBLISHED: 09:37 09 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:37 09 May 2014

Chairman of the Gibbons Family Trust Roger Dawe and trustee Kerensa Pearson presented a cheque for £25,000 to Andrew Woodhead-chairman of the Woodbury Community Playing Field Association on Saturday afternoon. They are pictured with other representatives from the association Emma Finnegan-secretary and trustee, Amy Cox (grant fundraising) and Cheryl McGauley (fundraising). The amount will go to towards revamping the children's play area on Town Lane in the village. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exv 0360-18-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Chairman of the Gibbons Family Trust Roger Dawe and trustee Kerensa Pearson presented a cheque for £25,000 to Andrew Woodhead-chairman of the Woodbury Community Playing Field Association on Saturday afternoon. They are pictured with other representatives from the association Emma Finnegan-secretary and trustee, Amy Cox (grant fundraising) and Cheryl McGauley (fundraising). The amount will go to towards revamping the children's play area on Town Lane in the village. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exv 0360-18-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Planned improvements to Woodbury's community playing fields have received a major boost following a £25,000 grant from a local charity.

The Woodbury Community Playing Fields Association has ambitious plans for the site, including improvements to the football pitch, a multi-use games area, and a community building to be used by the village’s football club, tennis club, scout and guide groups and Maytree Pre-school.

First on the agenda, however, is a new children’s play area, for which they need to raise £80,000.

They are now halfway to that target, after holding community events, and receiving a grant from the Gibbons Family Trust.

The association’s Cheryl McGauley said: “It’s a massive boost.”

Alongside the Gibbons Family Trust grant, the association has also recently raised more than £2,000 with an auction of promises, and received a £900 grant from county councillor Bernard Hughes’s locality budget.

With the total now at £40,000, the plan currently is to open the play area in two phases, with the first in September and the second to follow when the rest of the money has been raised, however, if the whole budget comes together before then all the work will be done at once.

What could help the association achieve this is a grant scheme run by the South West England Environmental Trust, which could offer a £30,000 grant, on condition that 10 per cent of this is matched by a local business.

If any firm might be interested in helping with this, they are asked to contact Cheryl on 07786 706546, or at cheryl@mcgauley.co.uk.

Other donations can be made via www.wcpf.co.uk.

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