Press Release 27/08/2016
 
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Press Release 27/08/2016

Halwill Community Launches Two Important New Facilities

Press Release 27/08/2016

 

Halwill Community Launches Two Important New Facilities


 

Led by the Parish Council, on Saturday the 27th August 2016, the Halwill Community launched two important new facilities alongside the Parish Hall: a Floodlighting Column to provide night landing capability for the air ambulance, and a Temporary Sports Changing Facility.

The ribbons were cut by Barry Parsons (Devon County Councillor), with Zyg Gregorek (Torridge Ward Councillor) also in attendance.

The community lighting column is understood to be the first in Devon to be erected for use by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust when they start their night flying from October this year. It floodlights the centre of the football pitch and can be operated remotely using SMS (text) messages. The column and associated groundworks have been installed in record time as a result of a community effort and fund-raising that involved clubs, societies and many individuals. Most notable was the effort of Mrs Jane Spencer, who alone raised £1,220 by successfully walking the Ruby Run in June. £500 was also generously donated by Barry Parsons in his capacity as Devon Councillor. Several anonymous donations were gratefully received.

Replacing an old and dilapidated wooden hut, the bespoke Temporary Sports Changing Facility was craned into place off the back of a lorry and contains two changing rooms with shower rooms and toilets for sports teams, together with separate changing facilities for match officials. It's regular use will be by Halwill Football Club but it will also be used for other sporting activities.

Mike Duda, Chair of Halwill Parish Council, says, "inauguration of the temporary changing facility marks the start of an exciting series of developments towards Halwill Junction's aim to become a 'sports hub' for local communities. Our next step is development of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and, in the longer term, an extension to the village hall which will incorporate a permanent sports changing facility."

ENDS

More information can be obtained from Halwill Parish Clerk, Don Osborne (halwill.parish.clerk@hotmail.com)