Outdoor Gym for Barrington

South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is helping young people in Barrington fulfil their ambition to have outdoor gym equipment installed on the village recreation field.

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People took part in a Forty Five 4 Fitness event to raise funds for the outdoor gym  

The aim is to have a range of equipment which is available all the time and caters for all age groups. 

SSDC's Area North Committee has awarded a grant of £1,638 to complete the funding plan and enable the project to go ahead.

The idea for the project began when a group of young people explained to Barrington Parish Council that they had outgrown the children's play area and asked the Council to help provide some outdoor fitness equipment for the village.  Councillors felt the project would fulfil many different aims for their community - for health and well-being and social activity for all ages - and immediately offered a grant of £1,000 to get the fundraising underway.

Barrington Parish Council Chairman, Marion Lewis, explained "We don't get a lot of young people attending our meetings so it was a nice surprise to have a group come to our meeting with such a positive idea.  We hope to have the equipment installed this summer and are planning some training sessions to teach people of all ages how to make the best use of it."

There has been huge support and enthusiasm locally for the project.  A Forty Five 4 Fitness event involved more than 30 villagers of all ages in either running, walking or cycling a route round the village for 45 minutes, resulting in £553.

In addition to fundraising in the community, the project group made successful grant applications to the Big Lottery Awards for All (£5,000), the Police Commissioner's Fund (£2,000) and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme (£1000).

Councillor Derek Yeomans, who represents Barrington on the District Council, said: "The entire village have worked together to get this project off the ground and raise the money from various sources.  The effort and dedication has been quite outstanding and the new equipment will certainly be much used."

You can find out more about how South Somerset District Council supports local areas and about the Community Grants scheme by visiting www.southsomerset.gov.uk/communities 

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