Two ‘wins’ have heralded a bright future for Cockfield – a £49,764 grant for a much- needed revamp of its sports pavilion and the 2012 Village of the Year award.
Determined parish and community councils now aim to build on the success of the county’s second largest village by going out to tender for works to the facility, boosting sports provision and continuing its active community spirit.
Speaking outside the soon- to-be-rejuvenated pavilion, Alan Morgan, parish council clerk, revealed they would like to see more villagers try their hand at different sports.
He said: “The one which everybody would love to see is the return of a cricket team. Anyone in the village with ideas of how they can make the best use of this ground for sporting activities, the parish council would give it 100 per cent support.”
It is this diligent approach which has launched one successive project after another, including the purchase of Earls Meadow and an area of old railway line, known as Bruff’s Line, for community use.
The parish council is awaiting completion to buy another adjacent meadow and an additional stretch of railway line.
Working with Orwell Housing and Babergh District Council, the council also arranged for 20 homes to be built to meet local needs, with more in the pipeline.
All of which helps to serve the village’s school, two pubs, restaurant, garage as well as local shop and post office.
Last year it scooped the the Village of the Year title and a Suffolk Wildlife Trust award for its green projects.
Mr Morgan said: “The job we face now is to keep it a good village.
“For that we need to keep the support of all the village organisations. It does rely on local people, good hearts and volunteers which the village has always enjoyed.”