Churston War Memorial
Playing fields And Leisure Facility
The Future of the Pavilion Site
The Churston War Memorial Playing Field Committee met on Monday July 20th in the Pavilion to discuss the future of the Pavilion building and playing field which has become less secure with the increased financial pressures for its continued maintenance. Chairman Derek Mills had suggested that the problem might be overcome by ceding control of the site to the Council who could then lease it to individual user groups.
However, this idea was rejected by Ian Williams (council representative with responsibility for leisure facilities), also present at the meeting, who told us that such a change would be difficult for a charitable foundation like the Playing Field Trust. Ian instead recommended that we draw up a new constitution, since the old is no longer relevant to current needs. Amendments could be made that would authorise the committee to offer long term leases to different user groups like the Football Club, the Tennis Club and the Youth Project. The user groups would then be in a position to apply for substantial funding. The Football Club's league position could qualify it for a generous grant, for example, which could contribute to the refurbishment of the Pavilion.
The Committee is currently anxious for any local interest groups looking for premises to consider hiring the hall and so help ensure the future of the facility for a variety of users and purposes.