Tasburgh fundraiser keeps playground hopes alive

Fundraisers in a south Norfolk village have launched their first event to raise cash for a new playground since money for the project was pulled by the government earlier this year.

The Recreation for All (RfA) group, made up of users of Tasburgh Village Hall, was formed to revamp the village's ageing play area.

In February the group was pledged �47,000 through the Playbuilder scheme to buy new play equipment, but three months later it was told the money had been withdrawn following the scrappage of the programme.

Members had been just a day away from placing an order for the equipment when they were told the bad news.

But despite the disappointment, the group has vowed to continue its efforts to raise money for the play area and has planned various fundraising events during the coming months.

The first event is a 'Late Risers' car boot sale, which will take place on the village hall field on Sunday, between 11am and 3pm. Following the sale, food and entertainment will be provided in the hall.

Angela Schug, chairman of RfA, said: 'We hope families will come down, grab a bargain or two, have some fun and help us raise some money. After the rollercoaster year we've had it would be nice to actually start to put some of our plans in place for new play equipment.'

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Money raised by the sale will be added to �3,500 previously collected at the village's May Day Festival, which was opened by former Norwich City players Darren Huckerby and Craig Fleming.

Pitches for the car boot sale, priced at �5, are still available. For more information, call Angela and Gerald Schug on 01508 470788.