The new Tennis Court and a fun packed Village Fun Day
The Tennis Court Project is now complete and available for public use, free of charge. This project was funded from money received from Staffordshire County Council, following the successful submission of a business case in which the Parish Council had to demonstrate the need for another sports facility following the loss of the swimming pool. Evidence gathered when preparing the neighbourhood plan, and from other consultations, provided the Council with evidence that a tennis court was one of a number of facilities that parishioners would like. Other ideas were considered but were not achievable with the funds available and a tennis court and outdoor gym equipment were therefore chosen.
A tendering process followed and Charles Lawrence was the company selected to design and build a court. Contractors worked extremely well with the Council, following a delayed start due to the adverse weather conditions in March and April, and have provided a high specification court and laid the base for outdoor gym equipment that will be added in the very near future (proposals are currently being considered).
The court will be free to use, does not have to be booked and we hope will provide enjoyment for parishioners and visitors of all ages. The surface is designed only for tennis and should not be used for football or cycling on as this would damage it; the multi-use games area has a much harder surface for these sorts of activities. The court will be monitored and if the rules are not being followed it may be necessary to lock it and make it accessible through a booking system, but we hope this will not be necessary if everyone respects the rules.
A Village Fun Day – definitely a date for your diaries, a fun day packed with all sorts of FREE fun activities on The Acres on Saturday 21st July from 11am – 2pm.
Tennis Court - The official opening will take place at 11am. There will be chance to play a game or two and there will be a competition for children, with tennis-related prizes.
Basket Ball –Try out your basket ball skills and see how many basket balls you can get through the hoop
Football pitch - possibly a football tournament (tbc)
Multi Use Games Area - have a go at Quick Cricket and Archery.
Boardwalk and Ponds – pond dipping and identification of pond-based creatures – bring your own nets and plastic tubs if you can (limited supply of nets available)
Picnic Site - bring your own picnic to enjoy in the designated picnic area where there will be some child-friendly entertainment.
Ice cream van will be selling ice creams
Later in the afternoon, why not visit the fun fair on the Village Green?
This should be a great fun filled day and a fantastic start to the school summer holidays