Eastington Community Centre and Owen Harris Memorial Ground
All on the Committee are hoping that everyone in our vibrant Community is well and that you are all coping with all the continual changes that we have to deal with due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Things seem to be changing by the day and as a multi-use site it gets very complicated but we are confident that we are managing it well for all our current and returning regular users.
In the last article we were pleased to have Playgroup back and have now welcomed two other users who are using the Centre regularly each week.
We plan to continue on the basis that there can be no occasional events such as parties, sorry about that, and have changed our priority to encourage regular exercise and evening classes. At the moment Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings are booked and recently we signed up a new club for a Friday lunch time which is fabulous. Available slots for new regular hirers are Friday evening and Saturday or Sunday, am or pm. If anyone wishes to hire the Centre for a regular class please contact a member of the Management Committee, details below.
Out on the field Alkerton Rangers and the Taverners have resumed footie use. All players need to arrive and leave in kit as there is no changing room use at the moment but that hasn’t deterred them and it’s been super busy. Taverners are developing under 18’s team and are always looking for new players so if you’re interested please get in touch with Colin Taylor: 07954 137940.
Vandalism at OHMG
The Centre was newly built and completed 11 years ago in September 2009. Following this, vandalism was non-existent for a good number of years which was great. Unfortunately over the last 2 – 3 years there has been an upsurge in wanton damage which has resulted in some of the nicer features now being unavailable for general use. Last year the public toilet suffered £300 of damage so is now closed. The picnic bench at the rear of the Centre was completely destroyed a couple of months ago and just recently the memorial bench under the Oak tree has been damaged beyond repair.
It is particularly sad to see the memorial bench being removed as it was installed in memory of a loved one by a local resident and has been so well used by people of all ages over many years. On a sunny day it was the perfect place to sit in the shade, look at all the activity on the field and the fabulous surrounding views. We can only hope that those responsible will one day realise that they also now have nowhere to sit and rest after all that energy expended by destroying things!
We will continue to repair, improve and maintain this wonderful public area for the benefit of everyone in our Parish. Stay safe and please enjoy it.
Gill Glover: Centre Manager: 01453 828782
Mark Cousins: 01453 828557
Martin Elliott: 01453 838712