Thurlow play area
Posted on: June 28th 2015   •    Posted in: Charity Work, Community

Havebury injects £5,000 into Thurlow play area renewal

The Thurlow Play Area Renewal Project has revamped its local recreation ground.

This has been done by replacing its 25 year old wooden play equipment through approximately £35,000 of grants along with a substantial £5,000 donation from Havebury Housing Partnership.

Support for the popular play area to be refurbished was widespread, with over 200 families and individuals including groups representing local parishes, primary schools, preschools and toddler groups all keen to see improvements made.

The park which was completed in June was officially opened on Tuesday 21st July by Cllr Mary Evans, with children from the village primary school in attendance.

The play area now consists of exciting new equipment including swings, slides, trim trails, and a roundabout. The innovative project also has its very own zip wire, which was made possible through the Neighbourhood Investment Panel’s grant.

Allan Loveday, Project Manager of the project, said “The feedback we are getting from the community is amazing.  It’s so lovely to see a community space finally being used.”

Philip Sullivan, Director of Operations at Havebury added;

“Projects like this help to improve both the appearance and use of popular facilities for local residents. We’re really pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received.” 

So far this year, the Neighbourhood Investment Panel has invested approximately £36,000 in local communities supporting projects such as creating a communal garden at Caie Walk in Bury St Edmunds and replacing the village sign at Great Barton.

If you have an idea for a community project or want to learn more about the Neighbourhood Investment Panel, please contact Charlotte Springett on 01284 722035, or email

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