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EDITH WESTON RECREATION GROUND (TOMMY'S CLOSE)

CHARITY NO 522337

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EDITH WESTON RECREATION GROUND

In 1925 this 3 acre field was donated by Mr Thomas Hill to Edith Weston, "in Trust for recreation of adults and playground for children and youths".

No working financial capital was gifted.

The facility is a safe and enjoyable place for the small children of Edith Weston and the neighbouring community ie Army families en route to school etc, and for children and grandchildren visiting the village especially during summer. It also adds to the amenity of Edith Weston for many cyclists and walkers who travel through the village as they meander around Rutland Water. As such, it is the only play area that local children have and it is greatly valued.

2015 UPDATE

The play area was created as the village Millennium project, now 15 years on it is in need of maintenance in keeping with ROSPA safety specifications. There is a mandatory annual inspection.

Without cash for the project, the continuation of the play area is under threat and we would be most grateful for your support and a contribution towards the cost of making good the ground area underneath play equipment.

Tommys Close Recreation Ground Proposed Playgrounds Design Village Feedback Needed 2nd October to 16th October

With funding for the new playground nearly secured, Tommy's Close Trustees from Saturday 2nd October are asking for feedback from the whole village community on a proposed design over a 2 week period

The proposed design consists of 2 play areas for

· Children

· Young Adults & Adults

Information will be available from Saturday 2nd October in the following way

  • Saturday 2nd October Open Event 2 PM to 5 PM at the Edith Weston Village Hall – POSTER ATTACHED
  • Saturday 2nd October onwards – Village shop during opening times
  • Monday 4th October

It's very important that you all provide feedback on plans within 2 week period through the following ways

  • Hand in written feedback at the village shop (during opening hours)
  • Hand deliver written feedback to 8 Church Lane post box
  • Photograph or scan and email to tommysclose@edithweston.com

All feedback will be handed to the Parish Council (GDRP reasons) and then reviewed by the Trustees and the Parish Council before any further steps are taken

If you have any questions, please email with your question to tommysclose@edithweston.com

CONTACTS

PETER SHEPHERD (CHAIR & TRUSTEE)

ANNE DONALDSON (SECRETARY & TRUSTEE)

HELEN SHEPHERD (TREASURER & TRUSTEE)

LES ALLEN (TRUSTEE)

BEN GREEN (TRUSTEE)

CHRIS PATER (TRUSTEE)

CLAIRE DAVIS (TRUSTEE)

NOTE: for additional information concerning Trustees please look here

A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

1925 Indenture of Tommy's Close document. Land purchased from Mr Hill.

3 acres 3 roods and 32 perches


1937 Conveyance document. In Trust for recreation of adults and
playground for children and youths. Signatures include Makey and
Tyler. Our understanding is that "Thomas Hill" was Vendor.

1937-80 General correspondence

1949 Charity Commission document – New Trustee appointed

1975 Charity Commission document – Trusteeship for "5" years

Names include Makey, Tyler and Boddington

1991 Wayleave Consent for electricity in Tommy's Close

2000 Plan of proposed play area, drawn by James Richardson

Full documentation is in the care of Mrs Anne Donaldson. Should you require access, please fill in a request form here