Young street champions brighten play area with colourful mural

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A drab play area in Goldington has received a makeover, thanks to some of Bedford’s Junior Street Champions.

More than 30 of the Junior Champions, along with local children, painted a brick wall that backs the Milburn Road play area with a colourful mural on the theme of ‘children at play’, on Tuesday.

They also painted some of the equipment as well as litter picking the area.

Jim Playle, community officer at housing association bpha, said: “The artwork the children have produced has transformed a drab, graffiti-strewn wall into a colourful work of art. The aim was to brighten the area up and create a little bit of pride in the neighbourhood. I think we’ve achieved that and the children can be rightly proud of what they have achieved.”

The event was made possible thanks to support from bpha’s community development team who supplied all the paint and materials, and the Waitrose Community Matters Fund.

The Junior Street Champion scheme currently has just over 190 members aged between 5-16 years of age. The borough council-run scheme encourages children to take an active role in their community, earning pin badges and taking part in community litter picks, planting and improvement events. At previous Junior Champions events they planted daffodil bulbs, litter picked and tidied in the Foster Hill Road cemetery grounds.

If you are interested in becoming a Junior Street Champion contact the team on 01234 718276 or email