Centre bid boost for Marshland and St George

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field.
Getting the fayre underway are committee members Back LtoR, David Gathercole, Sue Askew, Sonya Gowler, Steph Reeve, Martin Peckitt, Andy Stephens
Front LtoR,  Lee Chapman, with a little help from Minnie Mouse. ANL-160425-072433009

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field. Getting the fayre underway are committee members Back LtoR, David Gathercole, Sue Askew, Sonya Gowler, Steph Reeve, Martin Peckitt, Andy Stephens Front LtoR, Lee Chapman, with a little help from Minnie Mouse. ANL-160425-072433009

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A community group’s vision for a new hub in the heart of its village has been boosted by a St George’s Day fundraiser.

The English flag was flying proudly on Saturday as a spring fayre held in support of the Marshland St James and District Community & Sports Centre (MDCSC) campaign coincided with the saint’s day.

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field.

Group from Phoenix Medieval Re-enactment Group, LtoR, Jayden Cole, Thomas Wyatt, Graham Wyatt, Cody Wyatt ANL-160425-072411009

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field. Group from Phoenix Medieval Re-enactment Group, LtoR, Jayden Cole, Thomas Wyatt, Graham Wyatt, Cody Wyatt ANL-160425-072411009

Around £500 was raised during the event, which will be added to more than £15,000 that villagers have already raised towards the project.

Highlights included displays by the Phoenix medieval re-enactment group and

The campaign is aiming to build a new multi-purpose sports and community facility at the village’s playing field on Smeeth Road, which is estimated will cost around £950,000.

The building would replace the existing Jubilee Hall, which officials believe only has around five years of use left, and the current sports pavilion, which the group says is “badly dilapidated and barely fit for purpose.”

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field.
Getting the fayre underway are committee members Back LtoR, David Gathercole, Sue Askew, Sonya Gowler, Steph Reeve, Martin Peckitt.
Front Lee Chapman, with a little help from Minnie Mouse.

Group from Phoenix Medieval Re-enactment Group, LtoR, Jayden Cole, Thomas Wyatt, Graham Wyatt, Cody Wyatt

Bobbie Wabe (11) takes a rest in this giant Massey Ferguson tractor tyre, on display at the fayre. ANL-160425-072422009

St George's Day Spring Fayre at Marshland St James Playing Field, iao new building fund at the playing field. Getting the fayre underway are committee members Back LtoR, David Gathercole, Sue Askew, Sonya Gowler, Steph Reeve, Martin Peckitt. Front Lee Chapman, with a little help from Minnie Mouse. Group from Phoenix Medieval Re-enactment Group, LtoR, Jayden Cole, Thomas Wyatt, Graham Wyatt, Cody Wyatt Bobbie Wabe (11) takes a rest in this giant Massey Ferguson tractor tyre, on display at the fayre. ANL-160425-072422009

The group has submitted an application to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant to cover around two-thirds of the cost.

A decision on the bid is expected in July and the group says it is confident that a successful bid will open up further funding possibilities.

As well as the money raised by residents, a further £7,500 has been secured through a grant from the Geoffrey Watling Charity.

And a decision is also expected shortly on an application for a £75,000 grant from Sport England.