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Elham mothers open a new 100,000 play area

Elham mothers open new play area

Three Elham mothers are celebrating the opening of a new play area.

Briony Williamson, Helen Sharp and Kate Baker, took up calls for improvements to be made to the facilities available in the village for young people.

The three mothers set up the charity Play for Elham in 2007 and began organising community events to raise money after chatting at the playground.

They said their main objective was to improve and provide sport and play facilities where needed.

The charity raised £100,000 for the adventure play area which was officially opened on 21 November by local pantomime star, Dave Lee and comedian, John Thomson.

Helen Sharp described the old playground has having swings "covered in bird muck", and a "slide which didn't slide".

An example of the Big Society at its best"
Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe

The new adventure play area on King George V Playground was opened after securing a £99,831.25 community spaces grant from Groundwork UK, funded by the Big Lottery.

The funding was granted not only to build play equipment, but also so that a hub could be formed for many community projects.

The play area received the support of over 30 community groups and around 20 local businesses, including Elham Primary School who will be planting many of the shrubs, trees and plants.

Folkestone and Hythe MP, Damian Collins, called it: "A wonderful achievement and an example of the Big Society at its best."

A sensory garden and flower meadow is due to be planted in the spring.

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