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Below are just a few of the recent community development projects which have taken place in the district.


Mums army set up camp in Featherstone


Featherstone Loose Women

A Local group of mums are giving up their spare time to kick-start a new youth club in the village of Featherstone.


The ‘Loose Women’ group have set up a weekly club for kids with a separate club being laid on for older children running for six months during the darker nights.


The success of the club even landed the local volunteers with the top gong at last year’s Southern Staffordshire Regeneration Awards!




Kids are on a roll at Kinver skate park & Bike Track


Kinver Bike Track 01A new £120,000 skate park has opened its ramps in Kinver; just months after a new BMX track was opened for local youngsters.


The double boost for local youngsters comes thanks to the hard work of the Kinver Action Group; a volunteer group made up of local residents.


The group has been working hard over the last two years to bring their vision for the village to life.

The bike track and skate park should hopefully provide youngsters with hours of entertainment for many years to come.


Please refer to the signage at the bike track before using the facility.


Boxing clever in Huntington


Litter pick in Huntington

A new boxing club was set up in Huntington last year – and is going from strength to strength.


The club is now an established part of the local community, helping to give youngsters something to do in the evenings, and developing a real sense of community spirit.


Youngsters from the club have even embarked on one of their toughest battles yet - a giant litter pick where they helped collect over 30 sacks of rubbish from around the village.


Volunteers at the club are also being given training and support so hopefully they’ll be able to take over the running of the club in the long term.


It’s kids play in Pattingham


Pattingham Multi Use Games Area

Youngsters in Pattingham can now play football, basketball and plenty more – right in the heart of the village thanks to a brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).


The facility opened back in December and has proved a real hit with youngsters across the village already.


Plenty of hard work has gone into making the project a reality from the parish council and the local youth forum with funding to complete the project also being sourced from Staffordshire County, the Staffordshire Local Community Fund and waste company Biffa.




Bilbrook Skate Park



The New Skate Park on Joeys Lane, Bilbrook is now open for all the young people in the village.


There had been an ongoing problem with young people congregating around the streets of Bilbrook as they have nothing to do.  As a consequence the Parish Council has been working closely with Staffordshire Police to not just move them on but also to address their needs.


The Skate Park project has been brought about as a result of funding from the Codsall Community & Learning Partnership, Staffordshire Youth Bank and South Staffordshire Council and just proves what can be done when a positive attitude is taken to follow through local needs brought to the attention of the Parish Council.


The ramps can be used by Skate Boarders, Inline Skaters and BMX's


Please refer to information on signage at the facility before using the skate park.



Cheslyn Hay Play Area


cheslyn hay play areaThis year, Cheslyn Hay Parish Council were successful in obtaining funding from the Play Builder scheme.   Playbuilder aims to provide new & improved open-access play areas for children aged 8-13yrs across the County.


Through this scheme, Cheslyn Hay Parish Council developed a natural play area, situated in amongst trees at a recreation ground in the village. The site contains lots of play experiences, where children & young people can climb, run, sit and chat, and use the two zip wires. As all the equipment is built entirely from natural materials, it fits in with the natural woodland area.


The play area is a great addition to the other facilities in the village, and is being well used by local children & young people.


The Playbuilder scheme is now closed to new applications, with the final round of applications being assessed in March. However, there is still funding available for play from elsewhere – if you would like to improve play facilities in your village, you are advised to talk through your ideas with South Staffordshire Play Partnership, who can give you all the advice you will need, including the latest national guidance around play.




Codsall & Bilbrook Boxing Club

Boxing club - fighter



The Community Development Team have been working with the Codsall and Bilbrook Parish Council's, youth services, the police and a whole host of other local agencies to start a boxing club for local youngsters at Codsall Leisure Centre.


In its first twelve months, the club has been an instant success with at least 25 youngsters regularly taking part.






Play in Wheaton Aston


Wheaton Aston Play Park

“The Best Park Ever” – well that’s what one young resident’s thoughts on the new natural play park installed in Wheaton Aston in February 2011.  


The exciting new facility on the Marston Road Recreation Ground has been made possible due to the hard work and dedication of the Wheaton Aston Play Strategy Group, a group of like minded residents both young and old who have come together to improve facilities for children & young people in the village.


The group have received support and guidance throughout from South Staffordshire Council, Housing Association and the Police.


Funding for this project was obtained from Staffordshire Play Builder Scheme which aims to provide new and improved play areas for children aged 8-13 across the district.





New facility for young people in Wombourne


Festival Pic 8A variety of consultation had taken place with young people in Wombourne about the facilities currently on offer for them in the village. It was established that they would like a multi use games area, which would allow them to carry out activities in a safe environment with friends from the village.


The Wombourne Youth Action Team (WYAT)– a small group of young Wombourne residents with the support of the Wombourne Community and Learning Partnership were then set the task of this project forward. WYAT have managed to secure funding for the project from Staffordshire Youth Bank and the support of the parish council and local partner agencies.

The hard work of the young people paid off with the MUGA now installed on the Brick Bridge Lane Playing Fields in the village.




New Play Facility in Penkridge



Penkridge Park


Penkridge Parish Council with help from the localities team was successful in obtaining £50,000 of funding from the Play Builder scheme in 2011, to install a brand new play facility on St Modwena’s Way.  




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