The Spring Over 84s Tea on the 27th April was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone – guests and helpers. We were delighted to be joined by Liz Bennett of the Co-op who came and served the refreshments with the rest of the team all afternoon; she even stayed on to help put away the chairs and tables.
We know from the feedback we get how much these events are appreciated, for some people it is the only chance they get to catch up with old friends, and people kindly express their gratitude to all the people who bake and help. We are very appreciative of United Charities who now fund the teas. The Parish Council must also be thanked, several council members give up their Saturday to help and the Grosvenor Centre, which is so ideal for these events, is given free of charge.
To enhance the recreation facilities on the Acres even further, new outdoor gym equipment was installed in April this year. Seven new pieces of exercise equipment are proving very popular with residents of all ages and some very positive feedback has been received. The Best Kept Village judges were spotted using the equipment on one of their inspections!
Some of you may remember that the gym equipment was originally going to be installed as the same time as the tennis court using funds received from Staffordshire County Council however, the tennis court project had some added extras that used all the available funding at the time. The Parish Council therefore applied for the remaining S106 funds, raised from new housing development sites and retained by Stafford Borough Council, to be used to purchase the gym equipment and replace some of the play park facilities.
Now the gym equipment is installed, the focus will be on the play park on Brookhouse Road, replacing some equipment as well as the safety surfacing, perimeter fencing and the car park. The Council is very much aware the recreation facilities it provides and maintains are very much needed in the village and enjoyed by many residents and visitors.
It is disappointing when the equipment is vandalised and the damage caused to the Chippy Jumps over the Easter holidays cost the parish council just over £1000 to repair. Luckily these sort of incidents don’t happen too often.