Letter: Thank you for your support for The Rec

The Friends of Stamford Recreation Ground is no more! The Friends group was set up in early 2007 by a group of parents and grandparents unhappy with the state of the play provision at the Rec – it was a disgrace.

£120,000 was raised, and supported by South Kesteven District Council the new playarea was built and opened in summer 2008. It soon became evident that more people were using the Rec. and there were toilets for men only, and these were in a dilapidated condition.

The Spend-a-Penny Campaign began in 2009. In August, 2010, Stamford Town Council took over the management of The Rec from the district countil and in the months following this, the town council agreed that if we raised the money, it would build and maintain the toilets.

We raised the funds required by summer, 2011, and the new toilet building has recently opened – for which we are greatly relieved.

Supported by the urban group, we have also planted trees and bulbs and reworked the planting at the bandstand over the last five years.

There have been events – celebrations for the bandstand’s centenary; Young Plugged; events in Love Parks Week; a float at Stamford Festival; cups of tea at the bowls club; carol singing at the bandstand and so many things besides.

We are very grateful for the support of many individuals, user groups, charitable organisations, local businesses, the town council and the district council.

Without each and every one this could not have been achieved. The current committee are all moving on to pastures new and no-one else has come forward to carry the group on.

As the Friends Group shuts down, other groups are doing exciting things at The Rec.

The skatepark committee has worked tirelessly since 2008 to rebuild the skatepark.

We are delighted to have been able to pass on the remaining funds in the Friends’ bank account to this fantastic project.

The Shack also promises to provide facilities for the young people of Stamford.

The Recreation Ground is a fantastic amenity for the town.

A staggering £325,000 will have been spent on capital improvements in five years when the Skatepark is built - all raised by volunteers.

Enjoy it this summer! And if you have ideas for events or improvements there – go and visit the Town Hall and make it happen.

Penny Dawson

Chairman,

The Friends of Stamford Recreation Ground