Help needed to fund new children'splay park area in the Combe Valley

West St Leonards Bexleigh Hythe and Abbey Residents Association has launched a fund raising appeal to help pay for child safety fencing around the new Combe Valley Play Space.

Tuesday, 1st November 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:11 am
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Construction work on the exciting new project is due to get underway on Monday November 7.

The Association also wants to raise funds to an outside interpretation panel or lectern which tells the story of how the play space came to be.

Ward councillor Mike Howard said: “This is so others can read of how a community can unite and help children and families.”

“The council has helped them with getting the plans for the space drawn up and is organising the build, but to keep children and families safe, they still need to source the funding for fencing and the interpretation panel.

“A bid has been submitted to the AVIVA Community Fund and they now need everyone to vote for their entry.”

People can get behind the bid by visiting

You then create your log in, confirm your registration via the email they send to your email account and then vote up to ten times by finding their project using the terms “play space”, “United Kingdom” and “Hastings, United Kingdom” in the Search Projects” fields.

You will be taken to Sophie’s Play Space Combe Valley, which is what the play space is going to be named.

Click the ‘See more’ button, then scroll down to ‘How many votes do you want to cast’, tap the plus sign until it reaches 10 and click the ‘Submit votes button’.

Everyone can cast 10 votes and the more support they get, the better the chances of getting funding for their cause.

Voting closes on the November 18, so please get voting.

The projects with the most votes will become finalists.

Cllr Howard said: “If their project gets among the most votes and wows the judges, they and the play space will be in with a chance of receiving the much-needed funds.”

The play park is the result of more than three years of campaiging and fund raising by local residents. They have been supported by Hastings Lions Club, Hastings Round Table, West St Leonards Academy Primary School, Tesco and Hastings Council.

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