“We’re not bad, We’re bored!”

Sophie Payne (standing) and Cameron Button both aged 11 are campaigning for improvements to the play area.
Sophie Payne (standing) and Cameron Button both aged 11 are campaigning for improvements to the play area.

TWO Tydd St Giles schoolgirls are spearheading a renewed campaign to get a new play area for the Fenland village.

Sophie Payne and Cameron Button, both aged 11, wrote to the Citizen expressing their disappointment over the facilities in Tydd St Giles and saying they had “had enough” of having nowhere to play.

Their mums, Jo Button and Sam Payne, are launching a fresh effort to raise £35,000 so the village can get some new equipment.

Parish councillor and community centre committee member Sheila Long has been working tirelessly for several years to raise cash for a new play area, but is still falling well short of the required amount.

Sheila said: “Some people are under the impression that we can get all the money from Lottery grants and the like, but it doesn’t work like that. We really need to get the community involved and do local fundraising.”

A provisional amount of funding has been agreed with Fenland District Council of £35,000, but this needs to be matched. A previous Lottery grant was unsuccessful but Sheila is working with Cambs ACRE to tweak another grant application.

The current play equipment at the playing field has definitely seen better days and several of the pieces cannot be used.

Cameron and Sophie said: “We have a toddlers’ swing and slide, a broken shelter and slide and damaged football nets. For a big village like Tydd St Giles this is a disgrace.”

They said fencing surrounding the toddler area has been stolen, leaving nails sticking out of the remaining wood. The shelter is similarly damaged and has rude graffiti over it. The swings are broken and the handles at the top of the slide have been broken off.

The girls complain they have to travel to other villages, such as Gorefield, Leverington or Newton, to use nice play areas and they would love to see something happen in their own village.

In their own words, Cameron and Sophie said: “Our generation get a bad write-up but we are not bad, we’re bored!”

• Jo Button and Sam Payne are appealing to local businesses to support their fundraising effort.

They are also hoping to get lots more parents involved in raising cash for the play area.

If anyone can help, contact Sheila Long on 01945-870446.