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BREAKING NEWS ON PLAYGROUND - FUNDING APPROVED

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Our warmest congratulations to the Tattenhall Playground Committee who has just heard that funding has been approved for the Tattenhall Playground Project.

Tattenhallers, therefore, are set to get a new and improved playground and park area thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN's FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to completely renovate the playground area, buy play equipment and improve the park facility in the heart of our village.

Alison Pritchard, Parish Councillor, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: "This project will provide a real boost to the people of Tattenhall. It's fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we're really looking forward to our new playground taking shape over the next few months"

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN's grant manager for Cheshire, says: 'We're delighted to be supporting the new playground in Tattenhall and pleased our funding will make a difference to the lives of young people in the area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we're really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon'.

Councillor Alison Pritchard hopes the new playground will be ready to use by July 2017 and has said 'I am so thrilled, it's amazing, can't wait to see the first shovel going in the ground!'.

The Playground Committee wish to express their thanks to WREN and to the efforts of many who have made this possible. The grant process; the community collaboration; the requirements to submit endless detail and documention; and the hours of voluntary time provided by the Committee and by members of our Parish Council, have been a punishing and gruelling exercise. That said, we are absolutely thrilled, delighted and relieved — it's been a very anxious wait!

Since hearing the news, members of the Committee and all members associated with this project have been likened to 'Cheshire Cats' — they simply cannot stop smiling! Who can blame them — this is fantastic local news!

The Committee still hopes to reach out to local businesses to raise low level sponsorship in the form of seating/planting etc but the vision is about to become reality! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.

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