AN attractive, all-weather play area has been created at Culcheth Methodist Church - thanks to a £40,000 Biffa award.
The play area will provide space for younger children to play and for older children to have opportunities for sport and recreation.
The church had to compete nationally for one of the coveted awards but earlier this year learned their application had been successful.
Chris Bridge, who made the application and project managed the work, praised those who had supported the church in its bid.
These included David Heaton (Biffa, North West regional manager) and Rachel Burns (Biffa, Risley site manager) Graham Chisnall, of the Hamilton Davies Trust, who provided a  third party funding element and Barbara White, of Warrington Borough Council, for support from the Extended Service fund.
An open day for all the uniformed organisations and youth club members who will use the play area will take place in July.
However, the area will be used from June 1 for Junior Church, the Church Youth Club, Mums and Tots, ABC Pre-School, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who all use the Methodist Church Hall on a weekly basis.
In addition the church is funding a sports youth worker from June 1 to August 31 to arrange activities for young people throughout the summer holidays.