Burpham & Wepham Village
West Sussex

Revitalising our playground: an appeal

Following a village meeting at the village hall on 10th March 2018 it was agreed that the very old playground and its equipment be revitalised with the ambition of providing an exciting playground for village children, grandchildren and visitors to the village.

We have now selected Wicksteed to provide an exciting new play environment for our children. It will include a nest swing, an adventure climbing and swinging 'spinney' for older children, a toddler play tower, two slides (one not shown), and an agility trail.  We're keeping the existing swings, and of course we'll have signage and seating. 

The playground was donated in the 1960s by the Valentine family, who still have a house in Burpham, and it was refurbished in 1997 by the Village Committee.  Now it is the turn of the third generation to carry on this wonderful play space with its views across the valley to Arundel Castle.  We want to create an exciting environment for our children and grandchildren to enjoy the outdoors in the wonderful rural setting of this Ancient Monument.  The council has withdrawn funding, so it really is a situation where we must save it or pay to have it scrapped, which would be a scandal. 

You can help by donating whatever you can afford by traditional or internet methods.  Burpham Village hall and Recreation Ground have kick-started the project with a donation from existing funds, and the Valentines have very generously made a significant donation to carry on the family tradition. 

We have set up a Facebook site  where we will provide funding updates.  Please 'like' our page and share it with friends. 

Fund-raising has started!

We have just started to fund-raise on several fronts. 
We have reached our crowdfunding target, and our Appeal in total has reached over 70% of its target.  We have yet to have responses from grant providers, and fingers crossed that this will take us closer to out overall target.  Meanwhile, if you'd like to be part of this great comunity project, here is how you can donate:

Traditional donations

If you want to pledge traditionally, please  make a once-only payment into the bank account we have set up:

Bank Barclays
Account name: BVC Playground Fund
Sort Code 20 20 62
Account no.        43183653

You can of course donate cash, or send cheques to V Belton, Backwoods, Wepham, Arundel BN18 9RQ     Here's a GiftAid Form to download if you wish to enclose it with a cheque. 
 If we don't hit our targets overall, we will refund the money to you.  We're looking for about £15-20,000 from individual donations, and more from grants so we can start work in Spring 2019.

 You can help by 'liking' and sharing the project on Facebook or emailing friends who have left the village. We have been bowled over by support from people who played here as children and who have fond memories,  even though they no longer live here. 

Val Belton has also applied for grants from Esmee Fairbarn Foundation, both of which support recreation in open spaces.  We will also apply for National Lottery funds. 

The Burpham Village Hall and recreation ground charity have made a substantial contribution from existing funds as part of our remit to provide social amenities within the Villages. 

In the interim we are asking village residents from Wepham and Burpham and Warningcamp to give time and enthusiasm to the  Friends of the Play Park (FOPP), so that this becomes  a truly communal project. 

If you have comments or thoughts and would like to contact us then please email

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