Aldbourne Recreation Centre (ARC) have marked the signing of a lease for Palmers Field with Aldbourne Parish Council (August 15).
ARC, which is a Registered Charity, was created in 2015 to support all community sports and recreation groups and activities for all ages and abilities.
With the parish council’s support, ARC’s aim is to develop sports and recreation facilities for the community on a piece of land of about 3 hectares, known as Palmer’s Field, which was donated to Aldbourne Parish Council in 2005 by the Palmer family.
ARC aims to have a mult-iuse facility that will include:
- New football and rugby pitches with a sports pavilion that would consist of changing rooms and social facilities for rugby and football clubs as well as other team sports.
- A pavilion which would be a new headquarters for Aldbourne Scouts and Guides. Their current pavilion is used by around 170 young people each week. It is in use every weekday evening and on some weekends.
- A music and arts space which would be a new a base for the award winning Aldbourne Band, as well as other music and arts activities in the village.
Historically sport has been a key part of Aldbourne village life with cricket, football and rugby teams performing well in the past, despite the lack of changing facilities which makes home matches particularly challenging.
Facilities that meet various sporting bodies’ requirements will be a huge boost to the sporting ambitions of the village and give it a new focus for future sports.
Aldbourne Band, a Championship Section Brass Band, currently practice in the Memorial Hall (in the centre of the village), but a purpose-built facility will give them their own permanent space where they can practice and prepare for competitions.
There is currently a Scout and Guide pavilion in the village, but it is coming to the end of its life and its limited facilities are not sufficient to meet the demand of the growing village and the increased needs of young people, equipment storage or indeed its fifteen leaders.
Alison Edmonds is the Chair of Aldbourne Parish Council: “On behalf of Aldbourne Parish Council it gives me great pleasure to sign the lease with the trustees for Aldbourne Recreation Centre (ARC) for development of sports facilities in our village.”
“This an exciting project which will benefit the whole community. On behalf of the Parish Council I wish the group every success.”
Malcolm Pryce is the Chairman of ARC: “We are very excited about having reached this stage and I’d like to thank the Palmer family who donated the field in 2005, Aldbourne Parish Council, the sporting and recreational groups that we’ve been talking to over the last few years, as well as the ARC team of Trustees, volunteers and friends.”
“We are also very grateful for the support, in the form of seed grants, from Medlock Trust, Marlborough Area Board, Awards4All, Wroughton Solar and Tesco. Our next step for the proposed multi-use facility is to continue consultations, firm up design requirements, establish an operational management plan and of course raise the necessary funds.”
Trustees & friends of ARC – in front of the noticeboard, holding the lease are Malcolm Pryce & Alison Edmonds (Photo: Joanne Hutchings)