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Grants Grants FOCUS ON GRANTS LOCAL


‘WE RAISED £21,845 FROM LOCAL GRANTS TO HELP IMPROVE OUR PLAYGROUND’


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fter many years of use, the playground equipment and trim trails at our East Grinstead primary school


were looking the worse for wear. Some pieces had been removed and others roped off, leaving the children with less scope to enjoy their play times. In addition, there were areas of dead space, and parts of the playground that could not be used due to excessive mud or uneven paving. It was time for a facelift, and the PTA


came up with the idea of creating a stage. This would provide an area for children to perform and role play during playtime. It could also enhance learning


by becoming a dedicated area for storytelling, poetry recitals and drama. In late 2020, the PTA applied to two


local funders: East Grinstead Memorial Estate and East Grinstead Lions. Approaching funders in our town made sense as we knew they would be keen to help the community. The application processes were quick and straightforward. We submitted photographs of the space available, together with costed proposals of what we could do to make it more engaging. The committee at East Grinstead


Lions particularly liked the idea of a stage, and awarded £795 for one to be installed. The application to East


Grinstead Memorial Estate provided an additional £1,500, allowing us to commission the installation of a larger wooden stage area. This was completed during February half term and named the ‘Elemental Arena’ after a pupil vote. From this initial success, our PTA


committee decided to continue the playground improvement with a far more ambitious three-phase project. The focus of phase one was to rectify the problems with muddy and uneven ground and to install new seating. Phase two would replace the old Key Stage 2 trim trail, while phase three would involve the installation of a


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