Playing Fields Association


Tipton St John Playing Fields


Now the Summer's Here, Welcome Cricket and Our Celebrated 10K Rail and River Run


As we move from spring to summer, the Playing Field becomes host to
cricket and tennis rather than football. Fluxton FC and West Hill Wasps are
'tenants' and we appreciate the way Olly and Alex Paget and
Andy Pitcher have looked after their corner of the eld over the winter,
despite contending often with adverse weather and boggy ground. The weather has been kinder to the cricketers so far, with only one match abandoned half
-way through.

Thanks to those who helped with our annual working party, in which we mainly concentrated on cu ing back overgrown parts of the play area and weeding. We are aware that many of the tables and benches are in need of repair and restoration: if anyone would like to take this on as a project over the summer or can recommend someone who would like this work, please contact me. The Commi ee is prepared to fund this work so that it can be done in time for visitors to make use of the facilities through the best part of the summer.

Over the summer, look out for our new donation boxes, one for the car park and one to go alongside the new noticeboard. These are intended to increase our income from those who use the car park and from casual users of the eld. Work will also begin shortly on the part of the riverbank damaged by winter oods.

Our 50th Birthday in 2017!

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Playing Field Association. Our celebrations will begin at our AGM on November 7th with an exhibition to commemorate 50 years of the village's use of this wonderful facility and culminate in a Summer Fair in 2017. Please see Ann Knight's request on Page 6 for photos to go in the commemorative booklet she has kindly o ered to produce. If you would like to contribute to the celebrations, either as an individual or part of a village organisation, there will be a Summer Fair Planning Meeting in the Pavilion on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30 pm.

Proceeds from our anniversary events will go towards a much-needed upgrade to the children's play area. If you have young children who enjoy these facilities, perhaps you'd like to get involved and raise funds with us?

The next major event at the Playing Field will of course be the annual Rail and River Run on Saturday July 9th. Details are on Page 23. We hope to see you all there.

David Birch (Chairman) 01404 815402


Chairman: David Birch

Vice Chairman: Judith Taylor
Treasurer: Brian Sanford
Secretary: Mo Mylne
Committee (elected members): Joyce Marles, John Belton, Roger Hunt, Patrick Walker, Jo Earlam
As Chairman, I'd like to extend my thanks to all those who have worked hard over the last year to
ensure that the Playing Field is kept in the very best condition.

 01404 815402

Thanks as always for reading!  

We are always looking for new members on the committee and especially younger people to get involved. If you are interested please get in touch with our chairman.



The eight acre riverside meadow that is now Tipton St John Playing Field was sold in November 1966 by local farmer Richard Eggins, of Tipton Barton. With no recreational land in the village a group of local people initially put up the £1,700 required, and in the ensuing months a team of fundraisers collected the money to buy the land for the village. It was duly handed over to the newly formed Tipton St John Playing Field Association on 16th May, 1967.  


The early years saw a huge amount of effort as the land was first levelled and made suitable for football and cricket and the pavilion was built. Then work led to the car park and the children's play area being installed, first one tennis court and then another, and an upgrading of the children's play equipment. More recently efforts have been directed at trying to combat the river bank erosion.


The field has been subject to severe flooding and damage to facilities over the years. However, local people, the sports clubs, and the association committee have always been resilient in carrying out repairs and restoration. After the severe storm of October 2008 when flood water reached more than three feet in the pavilion, the interior had to be entirely replastered and both tennis courts had to be totally rebuilt. It was thanks to the Rotary Club of Otter Valley, which was instrumental in providing grant aid, that the rebuild was possible.


The field is always busy, being used by the village cricket and tennis clubs, West Hill Wasps FC, the primary school, and from a wide surrounding area by dog walkers and families for picnics and games.


Over the years a huge number of people have served on the committee, and many more have given time and resources to provide practical or financial help. Horse shows, dog shows, summer fairs, car boot sales and runs have been held for enjoyment and fundraising. Indeed, the playing field would not be here if it wasn't for the continued generosity of local residents and supporters.


The field and children's play area is maintained entirely by donations, mainly through an annual door to door collection, money put in the car park donation box, and other fundraising organised by the association and supporters.


The facilities are available for hire, the cost being: £10 for meetings in the pavilion; £30 for functions in the pavilion; £50 for use of the field for a function.


To make a booking please contact secretary Zina Fear on 01404 813996.


For other queries please contact either treasurer Bruce Marshall on 01404 815295 or chairman Jo Earlam on 01404 813933 or email


Please respect our playing field and facilities, and do enjoy them!