Local Communities Celebrate Opening of New Public Facilities

Residents in Irthlingborough and Barnwell can now enjoy more opportunities to take part in physical activity and recreational play following the opening of new public facilities, after receiving support from East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund project.


Families will be able to enjoy hours of fun at the brand new children’s playground in Barnwell, within the garden of the Montagu Arms. The play area was officially opened by the Chairman of ENC, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury and Leader of ENC, Cllr Steven North with representatives from Barnwell Parish Council on Thursday 11 October. Barnwell Parish Council successfully secured funding from the Community Facilities Fund to deliver the brand new play area for local residents and visitors to enjoy.


A new outdoor gym opened at Irthlingborough Central Recreation Ground on Monday, 15 October following Irthlingborough Town Council receiving funding from the Community Facilities Fund. Designed with inclusivity at the heart, the new equipment is accessible for all ages and abilities and provides residents with the opportunity to get active, no matter the weather. ENC’s leisure partners, Freedom Leisure will be delivering free gym buddy sessions every Monday between 10am and 11am.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“The Community Facilities Fund provides local communities with the opportunity to benefit from improved public facilities and I was honoured to join Wendy, fellow councillors and other community leaders to open and see these projects first-hand. I hope that residents of Barnwell and Irthlingborough will enjoy their new facilities for years to come.”


The Community Facilities Fund provides constituted community groups and organisations, town and parish councils in East Northamptonshire with funding up to £50,000. There must be a minimum of 25% match funding to be eligible to apply.


Applications are now closed. Please visit ENC’s website and social media pages to keep up to date on future application rounds. For more information visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/cff


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