Good progress being made on new sports and community facilities for Reydon
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After 'years of hard work' by community members, dreams are closer to reality.
Work is well under way on a new Sports and Community Pavilion at Reydon following a long project, which has seen tireless efforts to secure permission and funding to use a former high school playing field.
The Pavilion in Reydon is being built together with additional sports pitches and a new large car parking area. The building will have a large lounge area and a community activities hall which can be used independently or as one big space, together with four changing rooms, a kitchen, storage and office space.
As well as providing a home for the current users, including the youth club, toddlers group, children's centre and football club, it will be available for other groups to use. Reydon Playing Fields Charity, which owns the original playing field and has secured a 999-year lease on part of the adjacent field to provide further sports pitches, has secured financial help from many sources for the project, including Hopkins Homes, Southwold Trust, Reydon Trust, Sport England, Suffolk County Council and Orwell Homes.
Since the closure of Reydon High School in 1990 the playing field has been used by the local football club and other sports groups and the site also included the youth centre building, which was used by a range of community groups. The charity has been established to take over and develop the land and buildings on the former school site. A new full sized football pitch has been created and there is room for further sports pitches on demand. It is expected that the first games on the new pitches will be played by the junior football teams at the start of the next season.
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It is hoped once the external work is completed, a team of volunteers will contribute towards the internal work and decorating, with further grants being sought.
Barrie Remblance, chairman of the parish council and also a trustee of the Reydon Playing Fields Charity, said: 'The Pavilion is the result of years of hard work, and the project has the full support of Reydon Parish Council. We are looking forward to seeing the completion of the pavilion itself, and are very grateful to everyone who has worked on the project or donated towards it. It will be an amazing asset for Reydon and the local community and will provide a home for a whole range of local events and activities.'
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Further details on getting involved with the completion of the pavilion, or information on hiring it, can be obtained by emailing Zoehutchy@hotmail.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org