The small village of Earith is a quiet location with a limited entertainment offering. The Parish Council have been actively seeking funding to rectify that and install multiple amenities.
The development included an extension to the existing playground but also a more adventurous Skate Park which served multi use for varied age groups. The Skate Park was in high demand from local youths and the excitement within the community was evident to see.
Funding for the project was provided in the main from Mick George Ltd as part of their Community Fund initiative with a contribution of £40,000 whilst Wren completed the balance.
The transformation was massive and what been achieved in such a short space of time was a credit to all involved. Work began on site in early February 2015, and within 6 weeks the final elements were in place ready for the grand opening.
Mandy Pink, Earith Parish Clerk said:’’ We are tremendously happy with the Skate Park and it is used in abundance every day. The picnic tables, benches and litter bins implemented as part of the development have attracted many families. A resident adjacent to the park commented that it was lovely to hear happy children playing, a pleasant change to that previously experienced before the Skate Park was installed. Overall this is a wonderful new facility that has greatly benefitted the village of Earith and it would not have been obtainable without the generosity shown by the Mick George Community Fund.’’
The Community Fund which is managed by Grantscape, an independent charity, supports community projects that are located in the vicinity of Mick George Ltd operating sites in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. Up to £200,000 is made available each year for projects that deliver significant environmental benefits and provide new and better community amenities.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd ‘’The scheme has proven invaluable to many local communities, helping to create, restore and protect a whole array of landmarks and projects. Since 2010 when the programme was launched, £682,000 has been invested in over twenty five individual developments.’’
The grants include a wide range of initiatives and include association with Sports Clubs, Village Halls, Parish Councils, Conservation Charities, Youth Centres and Hospices ranging across numerous counties.
The Mick George Community Fund provides grants to the local community. To see if you are eligible and to find out more visit http://grantscape.org.uk/fund/mick-george-community-fund/