The work of the Recreation Committee continues to focus on the maintenance of and improvement to the town’s recreation grounds. Our contractors work throughout the year, with the aim of ensuring that they are maintained to a high standard.
The children’s playground at Stratton Bates suffered as a result of vandalism during the latter part of 2016. Unfortunately, this meant that the swings were temporarily removed, while work was carried out to provide a safe play environment.
In the past few weeks, we have been able to repair the soft surfacing, reinstall the swings and also put in place a new piece of play equipment: the seesaw has already been getting plenty of use and hopefully will provide a great addition to the playground there.
Meanwhile, Alresford Town Football Club’s youth teams continue to thrive, making full use of the football pitches at Stratton Bates.
Throughout the Winter months and into Spring, the grounds at Arlebury Park host the matches of the football and rugby clubs. Both clubs have been achieving some great results on the pitch, while the Rugby Minis section is helping to get an ever increasing number of the town’s children involved in playing the game. Sessions are held weekly throughout the season on Sunday mornings.
The football changing rooms were redecorated prior to the start of the season, with all work being carried out by the football club, at no cost to the Council.
At Sun Hill Recreation Ground, two new football goals have been donated to the town by Alresford Town Football Club. I know from feedback that I had received over the past few months that many residents were keen to see the re-introduction of goals at Sun Hill and we’re grateful to the football club for donating two “full size” goals. The goals have been positioned relatively close together, with the aim of encouraging small sided games.
An order for a new zip wire has been placed for Sun Hill. That follows a survey of Perins School pupils, which revealed that such a piece of equipment would meet an identified need. The latest information that we have is that a survey of the site will be carried out in early February, with a planned installation date of late February, or early March.
The year ahead
Looking to the year ahead, the mowing programme for all of the recreation grounds will commence again in March, running through to October. During the summer months, the focus at Arlebury Park will switch from football and rugby to cricket – we’re hoping that a long awaited new cricket pitch could be put in place.
We also have some additional budget available for new play equipment and we welcome suggestions on how this might best be spent, while it’s expected that the playground maintenance programme will largely focus on Arlebury Park this year.
The Alresford Music Festival
The Alresford Music Festival, which has become a regular fixture on the town’s events calendar, will take place this year on Saturday 10 June 2017. It has been announced that the headline act will be Molotov Jukebox, whose lead singer will be familiar to fans of the Harry Potter films and Game of Thrones.
Finally, we are fortunate to receive considerable assistance from representatives of all of the town’s sports clubs. As well as putting their energy into running those successful clubs, they also find the time to meet regularly with councillors, keeping us up to date on their progress.
As ever, if you’d like to get in touch with the Recreation Committee, we very much welcome your feedback.
20 January 2017