The John Belstead Playing Field Project


To find out about booking use of the court, please follow the link to the booking page.

The final plan of the playground can be downloaded here as a PDF file.

Click the links below to find out more about the fund raising, design options and project management of this exciting collaborative project between the parishes of Great and Little Bealings and the Bealings Village Hall Management Trust.



Link to Local Fundraising page

Design Schemes

from Land & Sculpture Design Partnership (LSDP)

LSDP current scheme September 2006 (PDF)

LSDP interim scheme May 2006(PDF file)

Joint Village consultation exercise and Initial Draft proposal scheme by Grass and Grounds by Charlie Gooda

Drawing LSDP initial scheme March 2006 (PDF)

Planning Permission

South Area Subcommittee Report Extract 20 July 2006

Letter from SCDC confirming Planning Permission

Minutes of Friends of John Belstead Playing Field Meetings:

10 May 2008
26 November 2007
3 September 2007
31 July 2007
19 June 2007
16 April 2007
18 December 2006
30 October 2006
12 September 2006
3 July 2006
5 June 2006
7 March 2006
3 January 2006



On 30th October 2007, the project team were pleased to record that the final painting of the Sports court was completed, and that it could now open for business.

The booking system has been customized to allow authorized users to book the court remotely, so that the administration is kept to a minimum. Users can choose between paying an upfront subscription, which will reduce their court usage costs, or pay as they play.


Amid much excitement, the play equipment arrived over the Summer holidays, and now completed are the Wooden Towers from Timberline with the Netbeam and gangplank which commands a pirates view over the Sports Court site, as well as providing lots of climbing space, and even a picnic table.

Next to it, for use by older children is the Huck Space Capsule, much in demand, and now known locally as “The Spinny Thing”!

Further up the slope are two rotating Spica poles, to practice those pole dancing routines, or your ice skating spins, and next to them is the amazing Spring SeeSaw which rotates whilst you go up and down. Eye watering fun!

Two Toddler Springers and a toddler swing have been built next to the mini-Maze, for the most junior sections of our community, and nearby, a circular leveled area will shortly be concreted and bench seating provided for mums and pushchairs.


We were pleased to announce that the first piece of Play equipment - the 30m Zip Wire was officially unveiled at 12 noon on Saturday 21st April.

The manufacturer, Eibe, had installed the tripod supports, earth mounds, safety matting and wire on the Monday and Tuesday previously, but we had to wait for the concrete to fully set for 5 days before it could be finally used. The seat was attached during the annual Bealings Plant Sale and afterwards the zip wire was in constant use. It was a great hit for a wide ranging age group, and should prove very popular.

Keith Beaumont has finished painting the existing swings nearby and removed the cradle, and they look very smart. They are the only item left from the previous era, but should now keep going for much longer.

FUNDS RAISED REACH £93,000 as of April 2007

Its official! The playground project has been successful in obtaining Biffaward sponsorship of just over £40,000, which together with the generous sponsorship of our Benefactor, the John Belstead Trust, plus Suffolk Coastal DC capital grant and local fundraising means we are nearly two thirds towards our target. The Big Lottery application is now in, and we have an anxious 3 months wait before we know whether the balance of funds will be raised this year.

The Biffaward means that we can now go to “Stage II” and order the remaining playground equipment and installation of the toddler maze, as these can be fitted without major earth moving works.

Stage III, consisting of the multi use sports court, football pitch and associated soft and hard landscaping will be programmed once the Big Lottery application has been determined.

As you might imagine these national funds are fiercely sought after – and only 20% of applicants are successful, so we are all crossing our fingers!!!

In the meantime, we will continue with local fundraising and targeting other local funds. So please continue to support your local playing field.

Minutes of the Bealings Village Hall Management Committee Meetings

Extract 17 January 2006

Minutes of the Joint Parish Open Meeting

26 November 2005

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