Play is for all in the village thanks to partnership

Opening of new MUGA equipment in beck row
Opening of new MUGA equipment in beck row
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Children in Beck Row have an all purpose play area thanks to money from developers and the local council.

On Friday the new Multi Games Area in Lamble Close was officially opened by Forest Heath Council leader James Waters.

The state-of-the-art play equipment features a multi-use games area for football and basketball, a viper swing and a basket swing.

Chairman of Beck Row Parish Council, Kay Sallis, thanked Forest Heath District Council for its help funding the project, without which, she said, they would not have been able to have something ‘as splendiferous as this’.

Cllr Waters said: “It’s a fantastic new facility which has been well received by the children and young people - a great partnership project.”

The equipment has been installed on the TOCH land, at the bottom of Lamble Close, and was funded through £10,000 of section 106 money from Forest Heath District Council and funding from the parish council.

The village previously had a childen’s playground next to the school but the TOC H land has meant this can be extended to provide facilities for older children aged 11 to 16.

It has been opened for the past two weeks and Mrs Sallis said: It’s constantly in use , it’s brilliant.”

The play area is on what is known as TOC H land. TOC H was a men’s Christian Group with branches worldwide which carried out philanthropic works. When the local group, which was given the land, disbanded it was kept for community use.

Talbot House (TOC H) was a soldiers’ rest and recreation centre set up in 1915 in Belgium where all soldiers were welcome, regardless of rank.

The term Toc signified the letter T in the signals spelling alphabet used by the British Army in World War 1.