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Rutland village opens its first ever playground

Children had a whale of a time trying out new equipment at their village’s first ever playground.

Pinfold Park was officially opened in Caldecott with a ribbon-cutting and tree-planting ceremony on Saturday.

The eagerly anticipated playground includes a climbing frame, swings, fort, zip wire, slide and see-saw.

The new play equipment
The new play equipment

The equipment was installed on parish council land and paid for with a £30,000 grant from the FCC Communities Foundation and £7,300 raised by the community.

Parish councillor Andrew MacDermott said: “We hope this play park will make a real difference to the village, for children, for families and as a community meeting place for all.

“We are extremely grateful to FCC Communities Foundation for providing funding and to Caldecott residents who have pulled together to raise money.”

Villagers celebrate the opening of Caldecott's first ever playground.
Villagers celebrate the opening of Caldecott's first ever playground.

The ribbon was cut by local donor Pauline Graveson at the opening on Saturday morning. The group then planted 12 trees in the park.

Grant manager for FCC Community Foundations, Cheryl Raynor, said: “We are delighted to have supported the parish council to bring this project to fruition.

"This is a fantastic facility for local people and one which can be enjoyed for years to come.

"FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”

Tree planting
Tree planting

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