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Council awards Rural Grant to Thurleigh Playing Field

July 14, 2021 4:30 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave HodgsonBedford Borough Council has awarded £5,000 to Thurleigh Playing Field through the Rural Grants Scheme to help towards improving the site's facilities and making the area more accessible.

One of the major improvements taking place is the installation of a new patio area, which will be usable by local residents, spectators who are watching sports on the playing field, or parents and families using the children's play area.

Thurleigh Playing Field will also install an additional entrance to toilets and amenities in the social club to make sure that people who have a disability, or are less mobile, have the same access as other users.

By delivering these improvements, Thurleigh Playing Field hope to provide a space that can be enjoyed by all members of the community and serve as a meeting point for local residents wishing to socialise or take part in recreational activities.

Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough, said "The project being undertaken at Thurleigh Playing Field is exactly what we look for when allocating funding through the Rural Grant scheme. The project not only delivers great community value for residents of Thurleigh, it will also use local businesses to carry out the works. We're excited to see the finished project and look forward to local residents getting to enjoy this new and improved space."

Michael Thompson, Chairman of Thurleigh Parish Council, said "We are pleased to hear that the request for funding from the Rural Grant scheme, which matches the Parish Council grant of £5000, has been successful and will allow enhancements of the facilities for this well used community asset."

If you are a representative of a rural organisation and would like to find out more about the scheme, visit the Bedford Borough Council website: www.bedford.gov.uk/benefits-and-support/advice-and-benefits-grants/grants-for-financial-assist/.