Community's delight as long-awaited new playground is unveiled in Assington
Fundraising efforts to deliver Assington’s first new children’s playground in decades have come to fruition, as the community gathered at the weekend to cut the ribbon on the £31,000 project.
Representatives from community groups marked the official opening of the new play area, situated on the playing field next to Assington Village Hall, on Saturday morning, after its completion earlier this year.
Originally conceived back in 2017, the project was taken up by the Assington Village Charity, which secured £5,000 from the parish council and £20,700 from Babergh District Council, including a capital grant and section 106 funding – money secured from developers to offset the impact of large-scale housing projects.
Other contributions included a £1,500 donation from Assington Autos, £1,250 from a fundraising concert held by the HappySounds Community Choir, £1,052 from an auction of promises hosted at The Ryes College and £700 from the Assington Group of Artists, in addition to support of several anonymous donors.
Stephen King, Assington Village Charity chairman, said the project was long overdue, as the village had been without a playground since wooden play equipment built in the 1970s fell apart, leaving Sudbury, Bures or Boxford as the nearest locations with a dedicated play area.
“It is a great asset to the village,” he told the Free Press. “Almost as soon as it was completed, the children leapt upon it.
“The community was brilliant. The contributions from the village were really helpful and gave us the impetus to go for equipment that we might not have otherwise.
“It’s ideal. Children can come along and play safely. To have something in the village for them to use is a tremendous advantage.
“It will make a difference in helping children to keep fit, without having to go too far.”