A NEW Play Space & Equipment for Happisburgh

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A NEW Play Space & Equipment for Happisburgh


HMS Invincible Play Park Happisburgh tree planting 2015UPDATE (18th Nov-2015)

We had a community work party, supported by volunteers from Happisburgh RNLI to help plant trees and concrete the bases for the benches. Many thanks to all that helped.

UPDATE (24th June-2015)

I am really pleased to announce HMS Invincible Play Park is now open for use!  We will be arranging an official opening (date TBC).

HMS Invincible Play Park Happisburgh is now open! 2015

UPDATE (June-2015)

Construction has started of the 'HMS Invincible Play Park'.  You can watch progress via the Happisburgh Lighthouse webcam (refreshed every 10 minutes).

HMS Invicible Play Park construction progress

UPDATE (May-2015)

We have an installation date of the 'HMS Invincible Play Park' week commencing the 15th June THIS YEAR!!!

HMS Invincible Play Park

UPDATE (Feb-2015)

A massive £808.20 was raised! A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out and supported us at the Victorian Magic fundraising event. Peope kindly donated money, prizes, hall rental, staging, cakes, refreshments and their time. Not to forgot the GREAT conjuror himself (and his wife!) Amazing show - thank you to The Victorian Conjuror - future events can be found on his facebook page

Playspace fundraising evening

UPDATE (Jan-2015)

ONLY 9 TICKETS REMAINING! Join us for a fundraising evening of 'Extraordinary Performance of Amazing Magic and Unusual Phenomena' at the Wenn Evan's Centre in Happisburgh on Friday 6th February 2015, doors open at 7.15pm with the show starting at 7.45pm. £5 a ticket from the village shop.This fundraiser is helping to raise the final funds we need to have a fantastic Play Space here ready for this summer – yes we are that close!All the money raised at this event is going directly to the Play Space because ‘The Victorian Conjuror’ is giving his time for free and local businesses are paying for the hall, providing refreshments and donating raffle prizes. ALL WE NEED IS YOU! Have a look at the poster for details of an event not to be missed.

Memorial tress
Would you like to remember a loved one here? We will be planting some Holm Oak trees and providing some seating in the area and anyone who would like to donate towards these in memory of a loved one can contact us via facebook.
UPDATE (May-2013)

The Play Space Steering Group has been working hard as a sub-committee of the Parish Council and can now announce that the first phase of the project to create a new play space in Happisburgh can commence!

Local landowner Mr Thomas Love generously donated a piece of land adjacent to the Beach Road car park and planning permission has been secured to enable a play space to be created here.

The committee has been successful in obtaining two grants, the first from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund (£10,000) and the second from the Victory Housing Trust Community Fund (£5,000). This means that a fence that meets RoSPA criteria can be erected around the play space site, the land can be prepared & seeded and soft landscaping undertaken. Work is likely to start in August when the whole community will be encouraged to take part in initial stone clearing activities to make the surface as safe as possible.

The next phase of the project is to raise the funds needed to purchase the play equipment identified at the consultation event and the committee would welcome any fundraising ideas you have. The more people that are involved with the project the more likely we are to achieve our goal of providing a safe, exciting play area not only for Happisburgh but also the wider local community. You can be involved and help in different ways:

  • You could join the committee
  • You could help with fundraising events
  • You could hold a fundraising event yourself
  • You could lend a hand to prepare the site
  • If you are interested in helping please contact us via our facebook page.

    Play Space in North Norfolk News

    Community consultation findings from Dec-11Findings from the community consultation session on Thursday 15th December 2011 3pm-5pm at Happisburgh Church Rooms. (click on the picture to the left to open a copy of this document)

    The event was well attended by a wide cross section of the local community. 65 adults and children were represented on 31 questionnaires completed at the event.
    The equipment tagged has been grouped by type with climbing and sliding clearly being the preference of those attending. The singular most popular piece of equipment was the climbing apparatus located at Stalham, which was tagged 34 times. This was followed by a ladder and slide arrangement (28), zip-wire (21) and a wooden multi-functional pirate ship arrangement (20).

    UPDATE (Nov-2011) The Play Space project has had great news! The Parish Council have agreed in principle to a new play space being located by the new car park and ramp at the end of Beach Road and for a Project Steering Group to work under the umbrella of an existing village charity. This now means that as volunteers working together we have a fantastic opportunity to help design and create a one-off play space to be proud of - one that reflects the needs and views of the community.
    Current Happisburgh play facility (Wenn Evans)UPDATE (July-2011) There has been a great response to the 900 questionnaires sent out in early June 2011 in the 'Coastal Group of Parishes' news sheet. The questionnaires asked the community if there is a need for a new play facility, what equipment they would like and for volunteers.
    A 13% return rate from Happisburgh (425 properties) and an overall return rate of 6%.
    THappisburgh beach - Southhe village is amidst exciting changes. Since early 2000 Happisburgh has suffered at the hands of the North Sea; with the loss of the only two ramps onto the beach, residential property, leaving a beach littered with dangerously smashed up revetments. The council have been slow to act, with a lack of prompt funding or a speedy resolution. Residents & holiday makers could only access the beach via steps inaccessible to buggies or wheelchairs (loss of our ramp down to the beach was in 2002).
    We are proud to say our community has fought tirelessly. Our voice has been heard and a Pathfinder Scheme given funding; this year (2011) will see the beach debris removed, residents re-housed, threatened properties demolished and a long awaited access ramp to the beach!
    No play areas' near us!This time Happisburgh’s landscape will change for the better; the land clearance will open up a significant area suitable for a brand new play space. The proposed location will be alongside new public toilets, car park and the ramp onto the beach (funded by the Pathfinder Scheme).
    The Play Space is not included in Pathfinder and equipment will need to be obtained through fund raising & grants.
    The map demonstrates the current void of adequate play facilities in the area.
    The Play Space project has the support of the community, Parish Council and Happisburgh CofE Primary school. The school has embraced the regeneration of the village and set the pupils a special project to draw their dream play area. We are delighted by the designs and enthusiasm of the children to make this dream happen. (May 2011)
    Happisburgh Primary school dream play area projectHappisburgh of my childhood, some 30 years ago, had a wonderful selection of outdoor play equipment for its time. The play equipment stretched the length of the current football pitch. We had rusty climbing frames, finger nipping swings, a wobbly see-saw. Of course it would fail miserably on today’s safety standards, but it was fun and I enjoyed hours of my childhood in that play area. My children are now growing up in the village and I want them to experience play as I did. Leonie Hughes