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Jubilant times at Jubilee Park

Barmby Moor Kids Club representatives Val Hodson and Ian Gregory (seated) are shown around Jubilee Park.
Barmby Moor Kids Club representatives Val Hodson and Ian Gregory (seated) are shown around Jubilee Park.

A village play park is about to rise from the ashes after a major fundraising campaign to replace damaged equipment reached its target.

The play equipment at Jubilee Park, Fangfoss, was destroyed in a suspected arson attack in May last year.

Since the incident took place, the community has come together to hold various fundraising events in an attempt to bring in almost £40,000 to replace the apparatus.

The Jubilee Park Phoenix funds drive was completed thanks to a donation from the now defunct Barmby Moor Kids Club.

The park committee applied for a grant from the Kids Club, which decided to help 20 community groups after the sale of the Old School Building, and was successful.

Earlier this month the villagers and their children who use the park met up with representatives from the Kids Club, Ian Gregory and Val Hodgson, to show them around the site.

Ian Gregory said: “We are pleased to support such a worthwhile cause. We know that the park is used by everyone in the area around Pocklington, and appreciate the work done by the committee to maintain such a vital recreational space.”

Lyn Grant, chair of the committee said: “We are overwhelmed by the response from the villagers and their friends, and the support we have had from the JustGiving pages and the generosity of providers of grants.

“In less than a year we have raised a huge amount.

“At Christmas, we were several thousand pounds short.

“However, we applied for a grant from the trustees of the Barmby Moor Kids Club and we were successful.”

The equipment is now being made by a firm near Easingwold and will be assembled when the field dries up.

It is hoped that there will be a “Grand Opening” on Monday 7 May, to which everyone is welcome to attend.

Lyn added: “We had a similar event last year, where we supplied the BBQ equipment and asked people to bring their own food to cook or to have a picnic, and this was so successful that we are repeating the format.

“There will be a treasure hunt and an afternoon of games on the field.

“Thumbs up, and fingers crossed for everything to be completed on time – and for some good weather.”