New floodlights to be installed in village

Paul Gibney at the playing fields in Wilberfoss, where new floodlights are set to be installed.
Paul Gibney at the playing fields in Wilberfoss, where new floodlights are set to be installed.

The future looks bright for Wilberfoss, Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association after receiving the green light from East Riding Council to install new floodlights in Wilberfoss.

The Post revealed last month that the association had secured £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund towards the cost of installing floodlights on the playing fields, off Storking Lane. The remaining £7,000 has been collected over the last two years through fund-
raising events and funding providers.

Sarah Wills, secretary of the association, said: “We’re delighted and relieved that the council has given us the go ahead. It’s always a worry when you are relying on the planning system. Thankfully their approval is the final piece of the jigsaw and the project will begin with volunteers digging out the trenches to lay the cables.”

The association hopes to have the floodlights in place for the beginning of the football season in September. Sarah said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the project, not only the funding providers but those who helped secure the Aviva monies.”

The junior and senior football clubs in Wilberfoss are delighted that the floodlights are imminent as they will be able to train on their home ground instead of having to find an alternative venue.

The floodlights have also been welcomed by the Hart-
hill Company of Archers who practice on the playing fields three times a week. Finding a suitable venue in winter is difficult for the archers because to meet health and safety standards they have to find somewhere big enough not only to shoot, but to provide the required safety 
perimeter.

On top of the success of the floodlighting project, the association has secured funding from Sport England and the Football Foundation to help towards the purchase of new grass cutting equipment.

One of the association’s supporters, Steve Cant, was so inspired by their fundraising efforts that he recently ran the Leeds 10K and raised £150 towards the cost of a badly needed gazebo for the Association’s fundraising events. To top it off the association has been awarded £250 from the Sargent ‘Summer Get Active’ grant scheme to purchase outdoor games for their users to enjoy.

The new grass cutting equipment, gazebo and outdoor games will be on display at their forthcoming Party in the Park fundraiser which is taking place on Sunday (30 August), starting at 2pm. For more details of the Party in the Park, visit the Wilberfoss, Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association’s Facebook page or contact the association’s vice chairman Paul Gibney on 07743 276278.

Andy Parkin, chairman of the association, is keen to hear from anyone who would like to use the playing fields, not only in the evenings when the new floodlighting will make the fields more accessible through the autumn and winter months, but also at any other time of the week.

Send your requirements to The Sports Pavilion, Storking Lane, Wilberfoss, YO41 5NB or search for the association on Facebook.