Wellingborough community group given £1,000 by Stanton Cross developer

A community group is the first to benefit from a new community fund set up by Stanton Cross house builder Bovis Homes to support local residents and groups.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 8:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 8:58 am
Bovis Homes presenting the cheque to the Castle Fields Community Group in Wellingborough
Bovis Homes presenting the cheque to the Castle Fields Community Group in Wellingborough

The Stanton Cross Community Award has been created by Bovis Homes to provide funding for Wellingborough community projects that are helping to transform the area.

This first award of £1,000 will help the volunteers of Castle Fields Community Group to continue the rejuvenation of the Castle Fields Park in the east of the borough.

The park is near the new Stanton Cross location, which is being designed and developed by Bovis Homes, and which will provide 3,650 homes, 110 acres of employment land, schools and community facilities for Wellingborough when complete.

Castle Fields Park has been popular with families for decades and has already undergone significant transformation.

But more help is needed to help deliver a number of events and activities as well as improve the condition of the grounds.

The Stanton Cross Community Award will make a quarterly donation of £1,000 to local charities and community groups.

John Lougher, Bovis Homes regional managing director responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “Castle Fields Park has long been popular with local residents, many of whom have dedicated much of their free time to improving it and making it an attractive and safe place for visitors.

“We are delighted to provide the Castle Fields Community Group with this first award, which we hope will go some way to helping its volunteers to continue their great work.

“Building and supporting communities is at the very heart of what we do and we look forward to seeing the exciting improvements the Castle Field Community Group will be making.”

Marion Turner-Hawes, chairman of the Castle Fields Community Group, said: “This is great news for residents, who like us, enjoy visiting the park and are keen to see it improved.

“We have worked hard over the past few years to improve the park’s facilities and environment, including clearing the Brook and hosting a number of events for the community which have been really popular, but there is a lot more work to do.

“Without generous contributions such as this, it would be impossible for us to continue this work.”

The Castle Fields Community Group was set up in 2012 and was formed by a collection of volunteers passionate about their local park.

The money will help the team to continue to make the park cleaner, safer and more attractive for visitors, including further clearing of the brook, which was previously littered with rubbish.

Any groups interested in finding out about how to apply for the award can contact the Stanton Cross team at [email protected]