Our rebrand: Coggeshall Parks & Recreation

We’ve been asked a few times over the past couple of months what we plan to do next. Well, we can reveal that we are going through a bit of a rebrand and will now be called Coggeshall Parks & Recreation!

This new name and change to our group reflects our desire to have a broader focus within the community.

In order to decide what we want to tackle next, we have already begun the process of asking people in Coggeshall what we should do.

At the Summer Festival we had a big sheet of paper on our stall and asked people to draw or write about what they would like to see.

We want to take this a step further with a public drop-in session on Sunday 26th June from 3-5pm in the Keys Room at the Village hall. You can come along and tell us what you would like to see or think should happen next for recreation in Coggeshall.

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see many of you there!

More about the changes to our group

Our decision to rebrand came from the realisation over the past few years that more is really needed within Coggeshall. We got a number of requests throughout the years to do more for teenagers or adults and we simply didn’t have the capacity, resources or funding to do anything.

We are a small group of volunteers so we have to tackle projects one at a time. Now the playground is complete, we are so excited to take on a new idea and see it through. 

Many of you know that before the pandemic began we had decided to move from being a constituted community group and apply to be a CIC, a Community Interest Company.

However, the process took such a long time due to COVID and when we were finally successful with our application, we couldn’t change our financial arrangements because of the pandemic.

Once we got to the point where we could actually start doing this, our group questioned whether it was really needed. There are additional costs involved with being a CIC and we decided to keep things simple and more informal so have reverted back to being a constituted community group.

In reality not much changes, apart from avoiding some costs, which in turn means more of the money we raise can actually go to the work we want to achieve! 

On fundraising, the past few years have been pretty full-on with trying to get together the £150k for the Big Park Project. Until we have decided as a group what project we should take on, we are going to pause doing any active fundraising.

We still plan to have a stall at Coggeshall Christmas, but we won’t be selling merchandise through the new website and we don’t plan to apply for any grants or try to raise money through any other means.

For the money we already have in our bank account, we plan to use this for seating within the fenced playground as we want to ensure money raised as the Coggeshall Big Park Project Fundraising Group goes to the Big Park Project, i.e. the playground within the Rec. 

If you have any questions about our plans or group, then come along and see us on the 26th or send us a message at [email protected].