Playing Fields Association
Tipton St John Playing Fields
PLAYING FIELD NEWS
Tipton St John Playing Field Association
First of all, a correction. In the last issue of Tipton Times, I said that the PFA AGM would be held on Monday 7th November. This has now been changed to Tuesday 8th November, in the Community Hall, and will mark the beginning of our celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Association.
The culmination of our celebrations will be a Summer Fair on Saturday 8th July
2017. We hope that all village organisations will want to participate via the
running of stalls. Any organisation or group taking part will be able to share
the profits from the day, while the main focus of fundraising will be the upgrading of the children’s play area.
We would very much like the families who make use of this facility to support this initiative strongly: any volun- teers, ideas or other offers of support will be very welcome. Please do get in touch with me if you’d like to help.
You may have noticed that we have recently arranged to repair the river bank, following damage suffered during the winter: this will inevitably remain a priority for the Committee for the foreseeable future.
We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Fluxton FC as one of our principal winter users. Olly and Alex Paget have done a superb job in developing and maintaining the football pitch but have reluctantly decided that their tenancy as a football club is unviable. It will be a pleasure, however, to welcome back Tipton St John FC after some years playing away from the village.
Finally, I’d like to thank all those who supported the annual 10K Rail and River Run, which again saw over 200 runners take part. It was a pleasure as well, once more to host the children’s Fun Run held in memory of Jackie Box.
Congratulations and many thanks are due, above all, to Jo Earlam for her superb organisation and leadership of the event.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please respect our playing field and facilities, and do enjoy them!