Anyone who has been in the vicinity of the Wale Recreation Ground recently will have noticed the progress being made on the building of the new Sports & Recreation Pavilion. The roof is on, the floor is laid and the internal work is making steady headway. Completion of the building is still planned for mid – January and the official opening has been set for the 25th April, when Tony Lewis ex England cricket Captain, broadcaster and Life Vice-President of the MCC will do the honours.
Progress has also been made on the fundraising front. After long, and often frustrating, negotiations with the England & Wales Cricket Board at local and national level, they have finally agreed to give us a grant of £20,000. A further grant of £10,000 has also been pledged by the Garfield Weston Foundation, a charity administered by the Weston family, one-time owners of Associated British Foods.
Fundraising for the project continues apace with a Wine Tasting with Noel Young’s Wines in the Village Hall on Saturday, 29th November. Why not come and raise a glass (or two) with us. Tickets at £12.50 each can be obtained from Neil Orpwood (842843), Ray Saich (8427370 or Maurice Palmer (845387).
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A sod-cutting ceremony to kick-start the building of the new sports pavilion took place on June 29 2014. At the ceremony, Parish Council Chairman David Martin praised the generosity of the villagers who have given more than £100,000 towards the new building. He also commended the drive and determination of Pavilion Trust chairman Maurice Palmer and building designer Vic Franklin for making the new pavilion a reality.
The sod cutting was carried out by Cllr David Bard (with the spade), Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council. Also pictured are (left to right) Vic Franklin, Maurice Palmer, Cllr Charles Nightingale and Parish Council Chairman David Martin.
Work on the foundations for the building started on June 30 2014.
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Building work on the new Little Shelford sports and community pavilion on the Wale Recreation Ground began on June 9 2014.
The current pavilion, which is almost 100 years old, will be demolished. The building work is expected to be completed by the end of January.
The Rec will be open during the building project. However there will be temporary changes around the main entrance and access to some areas close to the Pavilion will be restricted.
The building work is being carried out by Sawston company, Butlers as part of a contract. Designs for the new pavilion have been drawn up pro-bono by Little Shelfordian Vic Franklin.
Most of the moeny for the new building has been raised by the Pavilion Trust, chaired by Maurice Palmer.They have raised £156,000 in grants from South Cambridgeshire District Council, Amey Cespa, Wren, the Football Foundation and Sport England.
Around £104,000 has been raised in and around Little Shelford including money from the Entertainments committee and donation.
The Parish Council has taken out a loan of £70,000 to help meet the project target following a village-wide poll.
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Maurice Palmer, chairman of the Pavilion Trust, receives a cheque for £3,500 from Brie Lury, a committee member of the Little Shelford Entertainments committee.
As at January 29 2014, the fundraising total stood at £260, 000. The target is £325,000.
A special meeting to update the village about the Pavilion took place on October 30. These are the slides from the meeting.
The most recent event, the Golf Day raised a whopping £1,146. there have also been further donations from individuals of £4,250 and a further excellent pledge of £3,500 from the Entertainments Committee. A fee of £1500 has also been generously waived. That brings our total to date to £222,300.
Funds raised as at Oct 23 2013
Overall total £227,776
Estimated project costs
You can find the full project Business Plan attached at the bottom of the page.
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Trust chairman Maurice Palmer pictured receiving a cheque for £4,500 presented by Chris Christodoulou from the Little Shelford Entertainments Committee. the money was some of the proceeds from the September fun week-end. “In receiving the cheque Maurice thanked the Entertainments Committee for the fantastic donation and for once again exceeding all expectations. By common consent this year’s Gala Weekend was the best ever and he congratulated the Committee on their hard work, dedication and success. He also thanked them for their continued support and for helping to raise the profile of the Pavilion project within the village.” Photo: Will Conway-Smith
The fundraising continues
unabated and significant progress has been made over the summer. Funds raised
to date now exceed £117,000, mainly through events and some very
generous contributions from villagers and friends of Little Shelford from
further afield. The campaign has been granted £30,000 by South Cambridgeshire
District Council’s Community Fund with the option of a further £20,000 top-up
at the next round of applications. This brings the total raised to
Exclusive hand tinted prints of All Saints Church have been created to raise money for the new pavilion. They will be on sale privately over the summer and at the Fun week-end in September.
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Having obtained Planning Permission for a new pavilion in April, we have now
launched into the next stage of the project which is the very important phase
of raising the necessary funds. Through organising events and with the help of
a very generous benefactor we have raised to date around £35 ,000, but there is
a long way to go to reach our £250,000 target. Naturally, we are anticipating
that the bulk of this total will come from grants from the various sporting
bodies and local community grants.