Papplewick & Linby Leisure Enterprise Group

The Leisure Enterprise Group was formed in 2002 following the enthusiasm of 2 Papplewick teenagers, Patrick Ortega and Lee Wright, who petitioned the villagers, asking for a skateboarding facility on Papplewick village playing field. The Parish Council thought it would be wonderful if sufficient funding could be found. The Enterprise Group was formed to work closely with the Parish Councils of both Papplewick and Linby to improve the facilities in both villages.

We started off by having an Open Gardens afternoon, when parishioners opened their gardens and allowed public access. It was so successful that it has now become one of the major events in the calendar of the 2 villages. We have a 3 year rota with Linby parishioners opening their gardens followed by 2 consecutive years, for separate areas of Papplewick. The first of these, the Main Street area, was combined with a Scarecrow Festival, which was very successful. The 3rd year covered Moor Road gardens.

Our other fund-raising project is the ‘Village Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular’. This is a major coup, as there are not many venues that will support a fireworks display due to increased insurance and public liability. The Parish Council has been very supportive, backing our enterprise 100% and making sure that the Fireworks and Bonfire are fully covered by their insurers. We have a bonfire newsletter, that goes out annually, and all businesses with a local connection are welcome to contribute to it. The proceeds from this newsletter buy the fireworks, so that there is no extra cost to the villagers.

Lastly, but my no means least, a massive thank you to WREN. We applied for a grant to cover the cost of the skateboard park and they sponsored us by giving us a grant of £17,775. Following 5 years of fund-raising the skateboard park was completed and is still in regular use.

The Enterprise Group initiated the provision of 2 pieces of adult exercise equipment on the playing field. Thanks to a successful bid application by Cllr Maggie Else, the equipment was eventually funded wholly by the Health and Social Well Being Partnership. This enabled the PLLEG to totally sponsor the cost of the new roundabout and make a contribution towards the installation to the value of £6900.00. The group has also provided the new Stef Bear litter bin by the junior play area and 2 further pieces of adult exercise equipment.

We have contributed towards the purchase of a new grass mower for Linby village and the cost of several flower planters in both villages.

In 2012, we were the lead organisation for the 5 days of Jubilee celebrations and funded many aspects of the event. Many people contributed to the success of the weekend which culminated in a Linby versus Papplewick cricket match, which was both entertaining and successful.

We are still holding open garden and Bonfire events. Recently we have made donations to Papplewick & Linby day Centre, Girl Guides and have sponsored Gedling Play Forum for the very popular Play Days, held annually in the first week of the school July holidays. Contributions are being made towards additional Christmas Lights for both Linby & Papplewick.