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Bildeston: Villagers turn sports field into summer camp site to raise money for pavilion repairs

20:00 30 July 2014

Left to right, Maria Appley and Nicki Jacobs who have turned Bildeston sports field into a campsite to raise money to improve the run-down sports pavilion

Left to right, Maria Appley and Nicki Jacobs who have turned Bildeston sports field into a campsite to raise money to improve the run-down sports pavilion

Two Suffolk women are hoping to entice holidaymakers to set up camp on their village sports field in a bid to raise funds for the local pavilion.

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Maria Appley and Nicki Jacobs have turned Bildeston sports field into a campsite to raise money to improve the run-down sports pavilionMaria Appley and Nicki Jacobs have turned Bildeston sports field into a campsite to raise money to improve the run-down sports pavilion

Nicki Jacobs and Maria Appleby have established a pop-up camp site in Bildeston for the summer holidays. They hope that by charging visitors £10 per pitch, they will collect enough cash to mend the boiler and upgrade the plumbing in the village pavilion in Consent Lane. Nicki, who is secretary of the sports field committee and runs The Little Event Company with Maria, said: “We want to replace the oil heating system in the pavilion and put in electric showers so we needed to come up with a novel fundraising idea.”

There are 15 pitches on the site and campers can even rent a 1970s retro tent for the night. Call Nicki on 07900 164566 for details.

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