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THE revitalisation of a village playing field could include new play equipment and changing rooms, according to a trustee.

A public meeting was held on Tuesday seeking volunteers and ideas for the future of Glemsford playing field. Around 40 people attended, with six volunteers signing up to form part of the field’s new management committee.

Playing field trustee Colin Parmenter, of Flax Lane, said: “We called the meeting to try to revive the management committee, as it ceased about 15 years ago when we couldn’t find anyone to take it on.”

Glemsford Parish Council has run the field since then.

“We need to get the youngsters involved,” said Mr Parmenter. “The parish council suggested we put in a new play area, similar to Belle Vue Park in Sudbury, up there to entice people on to the field.

“The parish council is planning to put some changing facilities up there for sports teams, and the youngsters said it would be good to have park lands for wildlife, which children could explore.”

He added that the five current trustees will work alongside the volunteers and interested parties to get the management committee up and running.

“We are trying to get the field up and running as a village amenity for any sport or recreation,” said Mr Parmenter, who runs Colin’s Private Hire taxi firm.

“There are funds in the committee account, plus there are quite a few grants about for play areas and lots floating about for creating or improving sports fields.”

The next meeting is expected to take place in around a month’s time.

Mr Parmenter added that any organisations in the village that are interested in being involved with the committee should contact him on 01787 280604.