COCKING villagers celebrated the re-opening of their newly refurbished playground with a special community evening.
Children looked on as their new Chichester District Council representative Caroline Neville did the honours and cut the red tape to signal the official opening of the new play area.
Villagers then enjoyed hot dogs and burgers and tried their hand at petanque in its re-sanded games area.
They had a winter of misery to thank for the new facilities as well as a grant from the national lottery.
To make up for the lengthy power cuts villagers suffered in 2013 Scottish and Southern Power’s community support team went in and cleared weeds and painted swings benches and tables, gave the bus shelter a new lease of life and re-sanded the petanque area.
Chairman of the parish council David Imlach told the Observer: “This clean up operation in the playground area followed an investment of some new equipment and refurbishment of the climbing frame funded by a £10,000 grant from the national lottery.
Proceeds from a raffle and sale of food came to £118 which is being donated to Chestnut Tree House.
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