A village felt they had something worthy to celebrate.
Not only had Chipping created two new football pitches on land described as a bog, but both were finally paid for.
So members of the community gathered for a celebratory, thank you lunch at The Inn at Whitewell, during which they received a final donation. The project has cost in the region of £180,000 and Chipping Parish Council clerk and fundraiser Barbara Green said: “The football field was just a bog and unusable. About five years ago the players (from Chipping Fotball Club) contacted the parish council and we decided to see if we could get together and raise funds for new pitches.”
The field needed to be drained, levelled and made good and the project was spearheaded by club chairman Laurence Brown.
Grants from various organisations were gratefully received and much fundraising carreid out by the club and community.
“And now we have an absulutely wonderful field up there. Chipping is a superb village for helping themselves. We all support one another and if we see a need, everyone is able to help. Even the younger ones, and I like to see this. It has been a lovely, community effort and we decided to celebrate.
The final cheque, for £1,800, was from the Mick Hayhurst Memorial Golf Day. Mick supported the club and his son Kenny was invited to the lunch.