Plans to fulfil pavilion dream
VILLAGERS have opened the batting on an ambitious project to replace their playing field pavilion.
Cricketers and footballers will be among those who will benefit if funds can be raised for the new changing rooms on the King George V Playing Field in Nympsfield.
Plans for the £150-200,000 scheme have just be lodged for approval from Stroud District Council planners.
But since grant applications and fund raising all lay ahead the proposal was just a statement of intent said Ian Crossland, chairman of the Nympsfield Playing Field Committee.
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"It is very early days. This is the first step on a long road," Mr Crossland said.
"You can't begin asking people for funding unless you have some definite plans. It is going to take a few years."
"We have started looking around for grants and have already raised some funds. We have a little bit put by. People have been thinking about this for a long time. It's been on a wish list for 20 years."
Nympsfield's existing pavilion and field was very well supported, Mr Crossland said.
Whippet racing was one of its more unusual uses, and a group of "hairy bikers" enjoyed regular bonfires and singing there too.
Mr Crossland said the existing pavilion, dating from the 1950s, was very small and completely outdated.
The new, single storey, pavilion would have a clock tower, veranda, changing rooms with showers, disabled people's facilities and a kitchen, among its attractions.
Nympsfield's playing field was donated in memory of King George V in 1936 by the two elderly Leigh sisters.
They were the grand-daughters of William Leigh of Woodchester Park Mansion.