Project information

Barefoot in the Park

To provide a cafe, artisan bakery and changing room facilities to Glen Parks existing sports and recreation infrastructure.

May 2012 - March 2013

Charity information

Surfleet Play And Recreation Committee

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  • Need


    Glen Park is a successful community sport and recreation Park. However there are currently no changing facilities for the many sports teams using our pitches. There are also no refreshment facilities for the many visitors to the park.


    This project aims to build a set of changing rooms together with a cafe and integral artisan bakery to address this urgent need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide changing room facilities for the many sports teams using Glen Park


    » Build a set of changing rooms to allow maximum benefit to be obtained from the existing sporting facilities.

    Success will be - the completion of the physical buildings and the use of these by our visitors.

    Aim 2

    Provide refreshment facilities for the many sports and recreation visitors to the park.


    » As part of the changing room building project, space will be provided for a cafe and integral artisan bakery.

    Success will be - the completion of the physical buildings and providing refreshments to an average of 30 people per day.

    Aim 3

    Provide a place where local groups can meet to improve community cohesion and access to services.


    » The cafe will act as a hub for other local community groups. As well as encouraging such groups, the cafe will also run its own community activities.

    Success will be - the inclusion of 3 local groups and the creation of 2 cafe centric projects to educate the local community into the benefits of good healthy food.

  • Impact


    The project will provide a secure revenue stream to ensure the continued upkeep and success of Glen Park.
    The changing rooms will allow visitors to obtain maximum benefits from their visit.
    The cafe will provide good, local, healthy food to the visitors, and be an ongoing attraction for visitors to the park.
    The artisan bakery will provide fresh, ethically produced food and provide a much needed local outlet.
    Success will be demonstrated by visitor numbers using the facilities.


    Risks are:
    Cafe not popular - we have canvassed local opinion and have found this to be a much needed facility.
    Bakery not successful - we have obtained the support of a local artisan bakery (the barefoot bakery) who are going to relocate their existing business to our new premises.


    Donors will receive a quarterly email outlining the successes and milestones achieved within the period..

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Build Create and equip the facilities required

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    village SOS £35,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in Surfleet, Lincolnshire. A rural community with many outlying villages.


    Visitors to Glen Park are currently unable to obtain any refreshments. Teams who use our pitches have nowhere to change. The project will address these direct issues but also provide a centre for other community projects, and will focus on promoting healthy food and lifestyle. Such a community hub will also help to minimise the rural isolation and deprivation experienced by many within the locality.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has already successfully set up the existing sporting and recreational infrastructure at Glen Park. We are in an ideal position to see and respond to the needs of our customers.
    The team have both the planning and ongoing implementation experience to make this project a success and a valuable resource for the local community and the many visitors to Glen Park.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Doug Whyles

    Doug has created Glen Park from scratch. It is his enthusiasm, vision and ability which has resulted in the success of the current infrastructure.