Village hits target with wall

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A VILLAGE community rallied round to build a colourful wall and produce decorations for a playground.

The target wall at the Rattlesden facility was funded by the village shop, constructed by a team of local builders and volunteers and painted by adults and children.

Youngsters also painted 30 wooden shapes including butterflies and insects to decorate the playground fence.

The work fulfills the community requirement aspect of a £50,000 grant from Groundwork UK – an award partner to the Big Lottery Fund – to revitalise the playground.

Sam Sharma, who organised the project with Carrie Shenton, of Rattlesden Community Council, said: “It looks beautiful and we’re just varnishing the shapes at the moment. There’s been really good feedback from the children about the target wall.

“It’s important for children to see their own artwork there and be involved so there’s a personal connection to the playground.”

The village shop provided more than £500 for the wall materials, which were discounted by Ridgeons, in Bury St Edmunds.

The wall and wooden shapes were painted as part of a playground art afternoon.