Work starts on new £130k sports park for Langport and Huish Episcopi
Work on a £130,000 sports facility for Langport and Huish Episcopi has begun.
After years of fundraising and planning, construction has started on the all-weather multi-use games area at the recreation ground in Eastover.
The gallant efforts by the project committee have also been championed this week as mum-of-three Julie Worthing, who spearheaded the scheme in recent years, was nominated for a Western Gazette Pride Award.
Mrs Worthing, 33, took over running the project at the request of community stalwart Paddy Mounter – who passed away two years ago from cancer.
Mr Mounter had championed the project for years and £650 was allocated from his funeral collection to help fund the work.
The multi-use games area will be built on the site of old tennis courts and will include goals, basketball hoops and six floodlights.
The facility should take around four weeks to complete and it is hoped it will be open by Easter.
Mrs Worthing was nominated for the community project Pride Award by Simon Martin, chairman of the Langport and Huish Sport and Social Club.
Mr Martin said: “Paddy wanted Julie to take up the project and she has managed it while juggling work and bringing up three children.
“She has been through ups and downs and worked so hard to bring something to Langport and Huish which will be enjoyed by the whole community.
“In Langport there is not a lot for the young people to do and Paddy understood this and fought tooth and nail for this project.
“He saw something in Julie and she has gone on to make us all so proud and deliver this project.
“This will be something for people of all abilities and, without sounding corny, we think it will genuinely bring the community together.”
Mrs Worthing was surprised to be nominated for a Western Gazette Pride Award.
She said: “I was shocked to find out my name had been put forward.
“It is great that we are finally in a position where work has started and we are just weeks away from being finished. Many people have tirelessly worked on this project and it will be fantastic to have something open for the community 365 days a year.
“It would be great to attract more people to Langport and Huish and this facility will help a lot of teams, groups and young people in our area.
“It is weird that the timing of this has all come around the second anniversary of Paddy’s death.
“I hope he is looking down on us and is very proud as he wanted this so much.”
Nominations are now open for the third Western Gazette Pride Awards, which will be presented in a gala ceremony at Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne, in April.
Visit www.thisissomerset.co.uk/prideawards for more details.