Update from the Owen Harris Memorial Ground Committee (OHMGC)
which manages the Eastington Community Centre and the public field at the Memorial Ground.
Firstly we would like to wish everyone in our own Parish and the surrounding Parishes all best wishes for the future in these uncertain times.
We are very lucky to have such a great community spirit in Eastington and have lovely neighbours in Whitminster, Frampton, Frocester, the Stanleys, Severnside, and Stonehouse who are the same.
We are also privileged to live in this beautiful place – so going forward please take care of your neighbours if you can or, if you need help, just ask!!!
The OHMGC update is that, following Government guidelines, the Community Centre’s regular hirers and all amateur sports have now stopped using the facilities and it is now closed until further notice.
We will continually review this and the next review date is the 30th April. If anyone has booked a party event at the Centre prior to 30th April your deposit will be refunded. Please contact us for this.
Anyone who has booked an event after 30th April can also contact us if you are concerned but we will be reviewing future bookings on a monthly basis.
Meanwhile we will continue to keep the Community Centre viable in respect of maintenance, cleaning and cleaning supplies in order to welcome back all our many regular users following this storm.
Please take care, all of you, for now and in the future.
Gill Glover – Centre Manager: 01453 828782
Vanessa Cousins – Bookings Clerk: 07086 802540
Mark Cousins: 01453 828557
- and from the Trustees:-
The OHMG management team and trustees wish all our user groups good fortune during the period of the emergency and look forward to welcoming you back later.
With an abrupt loss of income from lettings, we will rely on our cash reserves to maintain the building in good condition. Minor repairs to the roof and programmed inside decoration can continue. There are sufficient funds to carry on for many months and if the restricted operation carried on a great deal longer, there would be need to find extra funding.
Over the nearly 10 years of operation as well as maintaining the building and carrying out improvements we have increased the working capital to provide resilience for a situation such as the current emergency.
Last Autumn we held an AGM to a small group attending, which was followed by submission of an annual report and accounts to the Charity Commission. We have a loyal and diligent team of 5 management and 6 trustees to run the facilities and charity for the benefit of the community and sports users. If you are interested being involved in management or as a trustee please advise me.
In particular there is vacancy for a trustees secretary to organise the AGM, another trustee with skills to develop PR and user group representatives such as Playgroup and Cricket.
Thank you again to all users of the facilities and hope to see you back soon.
In the meantime stay safe and connected.
Best wishes, John Morris – Trustees chair
NB Please note Snakey Park is shut for the duration.
Please do not exercise dogs in any part of the grounds.