Brantham playground to receive Bags of Help grant.

Children in Brantham are set to benefit from new play equipment including a trim trail and aerial runway thanks to a ‘Bags of Help’ grant from supermarket giant Tesco.  Shoppers at Tesco branches across the Tendring district will have a chance to vote for three different projects to decide the sum of money each one will receive.

In Brantham, near Manningtree, the Parish Council is looking to improve a play area at Gravel Pit Lane.  The playground has not seen any investment for a number of years and the council is keen to offer something to appeal to older children as the village play area for the under-5s has recently had new equipment installed.

Brantham Parish Councillor Clare Phillips, who made the Council’s grant application, said:  “We are hugely grateful to Tesco for choosing our project as one of those to support and I’d now urge shoppers across the Tendring peninsula to vote for Gravel Pit Lane when the voting opens in stores on 27 February.

“This is going to make such a difference to children in this village in a playground which desperately needs investment.  Local parents organised a survey about what sort of improvements could be made and approached the Parish Council to do something. With this grant we will now be able to make that happen.”

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. 

The Tesco branches where customers can vote for Gravel Pit Lane are situated in: Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Great Bentley, Thorpe le Soken, Holland on Sea, Walton on the Naze and Clacton.