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Councillors fund pirate ship

Youngsters at a Crowland playgroup are enjoying a taste of the high seas thanks to generous South Holland councillors.

Pirate ship

Three councillors - Jim Astill, Bryan Alcock and Angela Harrison - used funds from their ward budgets to club together to get a playground pirate ship built at Abbey 345 playgroup.

The £3,000 wooden ship comprises of an upper deck and cabin, giving the children a unique playtime experience.

The structure replaces a former ship which had started to rot and become unsafe.

Kathy Crouch, Early Years Practitioner at the playgroup, said: "We put a message on a Facebook page saying that we were disposing of our old ship and planned some fund raising to replace it.

"The councillors got in touch and ended up contributing £500 each which is a tremendous gesture and we're very grateful. Most importantly, the children absolutely love it."

The councillors visited the playgroup on May 4 to officially open the ship with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In a joint statement, the councillors said: "We are delighted to be able to support the playgroup and help provide a valuable facility.

"We hope that the children will continue to enjoy it for many years to come."

All South Holland Councillors have designated ward budgets which they regularly use to support worthy causes across the district.

For more information about designated ward budgets and to find your local councillor visit

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