Stamford group the Friends of the Rec will meet for last time

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A voluntary group which was set up to enhance and protect the Recreation Ground in Stamford will officially fold on Monday, after seven years of hard work.

The Friends of the Rec was established in 2006 to revamp the playarea at the park in Recreation Ground Road, led by Katie Brown.

It also revamped the bandstand and has led other projects, including spring bulb planting and a series of concerts at the bandstand.

The group also ran an event called Young Un-plugged to showcase the talents of musicians and singers.It also raised £50,000 as part of the Spend a Penny Campaign for the new toilet block on The Rec, as it believed new toilets were long overdue.

The group also joined forces with Stamford Skatepark Committee to push for the ownership of the Recreation Ground to be transferred from South Kesteven District Council to Stamford Town Council.

This was done so the town council could ensure the future of the toilet block and the skatepark, which has been approved but not yet built.

Chairman Penny Dawson said a meeting would be held on Monday when the ground would be officially wound up.

Anyone who wishes to is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held at 7.45pm in the Exeter Room at Stamford Arts Centre.

Penny said it was always the intention of the group to wind up when it had achieved its aims.

She said: “We all still care deeply about what happens to The Rec but the thing with any community group is that it is hard to keep the member numbers up.I now live in Manthorpe, near Bourne, instead of in Stamford, and our other members have other commitments.

“This is an opportunity for other groups to take over the mantle and continue running events on the bandstand. We all really hope that happens.

“The playarea was our main project and that’s been done and is being used by children. The toilet block was also a crucial thing we wanted to achieve. Katie Brown who started the group was absolutely amazing and we have done everything we wanted to do. I think we have got so much to be proud of and we are winding up on a positive note.”