Playing Fields Association


 Playing Fields Association NEWS

There is no doubt that the Playing Fields look their very best during the summer and this year is no exception, especially as it is extremely well-used by casual visitors and walkers as well as the
cricket and tennis clubs.

The highlight of the summer is undoubtedly the Rail and River Run, when the fields are transformed into a hive of athletic activity. Jo Earlam has reported on this elsewhere, but I would like to record our
thanks to Jo and all who supported this event in so many ways.

We are particularly delighted that this year’s run raised a superb £1000 for the Playing Fields and
attracted 150 runners from all over the south west to take part. It was great, too, to see the Fun Run, re-named in memory of Jackie Box, attracting a good number of young (and not so young!) participants.
I am also very grateful for those who give up their time to improve and maintain this exceptional
facility in a number of ways. While we do a good job of maintenance and repair, the greater
challenge remains for the long and medium term, especially with regard to the river bank and,
hopefully, the replacement of the pavilion. We have begun to explore options for the latter, visiting
recent examples of new facilities and investigating the possibility of grants to support us.

David Birch

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.

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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!