Recreation Ground


The Vikings & the Saxon Noble King Project

Thanks to everyone who voted at local Tesco stores for the Vikings and the Saxon Noble King Play Equipment project at the Recreation Ground. Groundwork UK on behalf of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, offered the Parish Council a grant of up to £8,000.00 for the purpose of The Vikings & the Saxon Noble King project.

The new play equipment area is aimed at pre-school children and toddlers and comprises two forts and a ship, linked together by a circuit of smaller play elements, including stepping stones in the form of a “balancing dragon”, a balance weaver, monkey bars and a tunnel within a earth mound. One of the forts and the ship is accessible to wheelchairs.

The children can role play Vikings and Saxons and move to and from the forts and ship, which will provide a variety of challenging play opportunities, learning and help promote the children’s wellbeing and development.


It is hoped this project will be followed by others to keep the area attractive and to stimulate good social behaviour and help create a stronger community.

This project will be a starting point for learning the history of Wessex and England.  Charles Dickens wrote of King Alfred:

“The noble king … whom misfortune could not subdue, whom prosperity could not spoil, whose perseverance, nothing could shake. Who was hopeful in defeat, and generous in success. Who loved justice, freedom, truth and knowledge”.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

For further information, please use the following link to the Bags of Help website: