Mums group’s plea to build a family centre

L-R: Sinead Pinchen with Finn Pinchen, Elizabeth Bland with Anna Bland and Emmie Bland and Louise Whitaker with George Whitaker and Charlotte Whitaker.
L-R: Sinead Pinchen with Finn Pinchen, Elizabeth Bland with Anna Bland and Emmie Bland and Louise Whitaker with George Whitaker and Charlotte Whitaker.

A group of campaigning wives and mums are appealing for funding to help build a community area at a Fylde army barracks.

The Wives’ Action Group (WAG) has managed to raise more than £60,000 in the past six months as part of plans to build a new play area for children at Weeton Barracks.

However, the site, which is home to more than 150 families, has little to offer for what is a close-knit community.

The wives, whose husbands recently departed for a seven-month tour to Afghanistan, hope that when they return, there will not just be a play area, but community gardens, allotments and a sports zone.

Sinead Pinchen, 37, whose husband Maj Barry Pinchen flew out to South Asia at the start of April, said: “At the moment we have £61,500, but this was only boosted in the last 10 days by a £30,000 grant from the community covenant through the Ministry of Defence.

“It sounds like a lot of money but it will only go towards improving the play ground area.”

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