Playing Fields Association


 Playing Fields Association NEWS

However, it is over-run with couch grass so the committee has  decided to create a less maintenance -intensive garden with railway

sleepers and more easily-manageable planting. The existing plants
and bulbs have been saved and will be replanted in due course. Many thanks are due to TT
's 'gardening guru', Wendy Pounce, for her help and guidance on planning the new area.
We have also commissioned Matt Austin to build a new noticeboard, again to lift and enhance the approach to the Playing Field.

I am a little disappointed with the response to our survey of Playing Field users and the wider village community about the future of the pavilion. The response of the sports teams themselves has been fairly muted, although everyone can see that a new building would have enormous advantages over our current provision, as outlined in the last edition. As a committee, we will take stock at our forth- coming meeting to decide on our next steps.

This is the time of year for annual maintenance, and we have a second working party on the morning of Saturday 11th April. It would be great to have a good number there to help, so please do let me know if you are able to come and support us.

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!