Located just behind the Huntsman pub in the centre of the village, the playing field boasts a state-of-the-art children’s play area.
Divided into separate sections for the under 5s and 6-12s, the play area includes two adventure frames, a high tech roundabout, several individual swingers and springers, a springing see-saw, and cradle and ordinary swings. The equipment is constructed on a high quality rubberised safety surface, and is linked by tarmac paths for complete pushchair and wheelchair access.
The Kompan play equipment was chosen by the children themselves as part of the extensive consultations involved in the six-year project. Its £50,000 cost was financed by sustained fund-raising, a donation from the Parish Council and grants from Awards for All, Living Spaces, the Countryside Agency and Onyx Environmental Trust.
In the early 1990s, funding from the Playing Fields Association and the Parish Council, together with planning obligations from the original village playing field lost to open cast mining in the 1960s was used to construct a tennis court on the relocated playing field.
An activity wall was included to extend the value of the court to youngsters and a basketball net added with funding from the Outdoor Basketball Initiative.
Land provided to the community at the time of the tennis court’s construction allowed the field to be extended to include a small football pitch, with a conservation area along its far side complete with a living willow structure, constructed by a community working party.
Help of NACRO enabled the original barn alongside the tennis court to be renovated, and this is now used as an informal youth shelter.
NO DOGS are allowed anywhere on the playing field.