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Benhall: Village celebration marks official opening of play area

PUBLISHED: 09:05 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 July 2013

Wood carver Paul Sivell has made a giant whale and mouse for a new play area in Benhall. Money was raised by local group Play in Benhall.

Wood carver Paul Sivell has made a giant whale and mouse for a new play area in Benhall. Money was raised by local group Play in Benhall.

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Villagers at Benhall, near Saxmundham, are celebrating the official opening of a long awaited community space.

Wood carver Paul Sivell has made a giant whale and mouse for a new play area in Benhall. Money was raised by local group Play in Benhall. Left to right, Grace O'Conner and Maddie Nightingale.Wood carver Paul Sivell has made a giant whale and mouse for a new play area in Benhall. Money was raised by local group Play in Benhall. Left to right, Grace O'Conner and Maddie Nightingale.

The play area on the green in the village includes a giant sandpit, tree lookout, earth mound with tunnel, hazel tipis, and a slide. It also boasts a “hare” seat, carved from Monterey Cypress by Paul Sivell, along with a series of other wooden animals and is being planted with native species and some fruit and nut trees.

To mark the opening, project co-ordinators Play in Benhall have organised an afternoon of events, funded by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

From 4pm to 6.30pm on Friday people can enjoy a hula hoop show, Punch and Judy, art workshops, face painting, wacky races and a “beat the goalie” competition.

Play in Benhall’s Rachel Nightingale said the area was a vital space. “We are very proud of what our village has achieved,” she said.

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