Snap up a Soviet hat, a stuffed sparrowhawk or a box of Bowie singles at Sculthorpe yard sale

Jill Payne, one of ther villagers taking part in the Sculthorpe yard sale to raise money for a new p

Jill Payne, one of ther villagers taking part in the Sculthorpe yard sale to raise money for a new playground. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Villagers are staging a yard sale to raise money towards a new playground.

Around 20 households will be taking part in the event at Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, on Sunday.

They include housewife Jill Payne, who lives on Creake Road - who admits to being something of a hoarder.

Her items for sale include a stuffed sparrowhawk (vgc), a gumball machine (complete with gum), a Soviet Army officer’s cap (as seen in Red Square), kitchen scales (well-used), a Queensberry coffee set (sixties chic), a stuffed woodpecker (seen better days) and a box of David Bowie singles from the 1970s and 80s (put on your red shoes and dance the blues). Ms Payne hopes they will raise several hundred pounds towards the new playground.

“There are more children in the village than there’s ever been now,” she said. “They deserve better.”

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Existing equipment, near the school, is rusting and showing its age after four decades of use by young villagers, including Ms Payne’s four children. The parish council says the play park is “an integral part of our village life”.

It has canvassed children over how they would like to see it replaced, with a zip wire coming top of the poll.

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The council has designed a new landscaped play area, which would cost £40,000 to install.

Campaigners hope to carry out the work in two phases. Around £10,000 has already been raised.

The yard sale takes place from 10am - 2pm on Sunday. People visiting the event should park at the parish church, where they will be given a map of properties taking part, which are all within walking distance.

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