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
A Local group of mums are giving up their
spare time to kick-start a new youth club in the village of
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
Kids are on a roll at Kinver
skate park & Bike Track
A new £120,000 skate park has opened its
ramps in Kinver; just months after a new BMX track was opened for
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
Please refer to the signage at the bike track before using the
Boxing clever 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
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
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
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
This 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
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
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
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
“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
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
A 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
New Play Facility in Penkridge
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.
The Localities Team
Tel: 01902 696410