Playing Fields Association


 Playing Fields Association NEWS

Pavilion Redevelopment

You will remember that the last edition of Tipton Times contained a questionnaire

about the first stages of redeveloping our pavilion. Many thanks to those readers
who have responded. If you still have the questionnaire it is not too late to do so
just leave it at the Village Stores in the next week or so for me to collect, or get in touch if you wish to discuss it further my contact details are below.

Remember: the more who respond, the stronger our case will be for grant funding. The responses so far have been very helpful. To summarise, the key points so far have been:

  • ??  Make it flood-proof!

  • ??  Enlarge the changing rooms and improve female facilities

  • ??  Create a dual aspect towards both cricket field and tennis courts

  • ??  Improve the showers

  • ??  Bring the women’s toilets inside (but leave an outside toilet!)

  • ??  Develop the social and catering facilities for post-match hospitality and general use.

    Annual Maintenance and “adopt a bench”

    Our annual working parties have been arranged for 9.30am on Sunday March 29th and Saturday 11th April. We will mostly be concentrating on clearing overgrown areas, weeding borders and maintaining/repairing benches and tables. It would be great if as many people as possible could join us - please put these dates in your diary now, since 29th March is right at the end of the life of this TT edition.

    I am told that, before I was Chairman, we had an ‘adopt a bench’ scheme whereby villagers undertook to look after and maintain a bench throughout the year. If anyone is still interested in doing this we would be delighted if you would get in touch, either to renew your commitment or adopt a bench for the first time.

    Dog Bin

            Please adopt me!

         Dog walkers will have noticed that we have re-sited the bin for dog poo further into                      the Playing Fields, to move it from the vicinity of the play area and place it where it is more likely to be used.

David Birch (Chairman) 01404 815402 

At the AGM the following officers were elected for 2013-14
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!