A park at the heart of the community has launched a massive campaign to make their urban idyll complete.

Friends of Beaumont Park want to raise £80,000 to build a pavilion at the top end of the park near to the children’s playground, which they say will provide much-needed facilities and encourage more visitors.

Committee member David Rudd, who is behind the latest bid, said that the project was the ‘final piece in the puzzle’ in the group’s journey to restore the park, which they took control over in 1998.

The money will help provide a new toilet block and refreshments kiosk for families, who currently must walk a quarter of a mile to the nearest facilities.

It will be the first time that the group has used online crowd funding to raise money for the park after revealing it was becoming harder to find funding from grants to support projects.


They have less than 60 days to raise the first £2,500 to receive a funding match from Community First, a government programme that sponsors localised projects.

David said: “The park has become the hub of the community and we want to help it develop and become a sustainable site by erecting this pavilion.

“It is a long walk to the nearest facilities at present and we hope that it will encourage more people to visit the park, once it’s built.

“A building used to stand there but it was knocked down many years ago before we took over the site.

“This project has been a long time coming and we hope that members of the public will help us reach our goal.

Bright sunshine and clear Spring skies in Beaumont Park
Bright sunshine and clear Spring skies in Beaumont Park

“We’d be very grateful for any support, whatever the amount.”

Thanks to the work of the voluntary group the park now looks unrecognizable from the state they found it in 16 years ago.

They have restored its historic lower stone gate, built an impressive bandstand and opened a new visitor centre in 2012 which has become home to a variety of group, including the well-liked ukulele group, that meets every Tuesday.

David said: “When we first came together to look after the park it was a no go area but years of work have changed it into a fantastic open space that is full of people, flowers and bikes.”

To donate money to the park project, go to www.buzzbnk.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?projectId=161

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