In 2018 we secured two grants from the Mid-counties Co-op Community scheme, the first grant of £225 for chairs which were put to use at our Gala event on 07th July 2018, and £2000 initially earmarked to buy three or four bespoke benches, as per our 2017/2018 goals see http://www.friendsoftividalepark.org.uk/?page_id=702
In March 2018 we were consulted by Sandwell Council on the positioning of six new benches which were installed shortly afterwards. Having applied and received the grant money, we have since reconsidered how best to use the money from the Co-op grant, keeping to the original intent.
Using our social media and combining the votes of our members, the WW1 commemorative bench was selected. The order for this bench was placed after our AGM on Semptember 4th 2018.
The Big Vote
Bespoke bin for children play area
From the same supplier, we have ordered one pencil bin (to replace the one near the playground) and another £75 on colourful wooden art work (wooden bees and ladybirds to be attached to he allotment fence)
The new bin will fit in well with the playground and hopefully encourage people to use it and keep the park tidy.
Delivery of this bin and the bench are planned for week commencing 23rd October 2018. Sandwell Council have agreed to install both.