Play time just got better!

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Many people turned out in Whaplode to see new additions to the village’s playing field.

Over 50 people were at the ‘re-opening’ event, although Coun Michael Pullen says the field has never really been closed.

The field now boasts some brand new equipment such as a bucket swings, a new climbing frame and a new netball and basketball hoop.

The Whaplode Playing Field Association Ltd put on many events to raise the money they needed in order to purchase the equipment, such as an Indian meal at Spice Cottage in the village, as well as an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard at St Mary’s Church, which proved to be particularly well received.

Coun Pullen, part of the Whaplode Playing Field Association Ltd, said: “The events helped us to raise a lot of money.

“On top of those we had some money left to us by a Whaplode resident who passed away.

“Our two councillors also donated money from their allotted funds, which can be used for local issues.”

The association’s chairman, Gary Harrison, was at the event to thank those who had contributed to the efforts.

Money raised for the playing field developments hit over £9,000, with some also going towards security measures at the field.

Coun Pullen said: “We’ve put some security fencing in at the back of the field as we have had some trouble with people bringing motorcycles onto the field, which isn’t very funny but they seem to think it is.

“The worrying problem is always the funds and the need to pay for things such as insurance and having the grass cut regularly.

“We need to pay for so much – I’m a parish councillor and the parish council made an annual donation which I think just about covers those costs.

“However, we have made a good start with the security fencing but there is still further work to be done – we would like to put more fencing in down the sides now.

“Overall, I’d say that it was a very convivial few hours and very enjoyable too.”