Aldbourne – New sports and recreation facilities

ARC Aldbourne

Aldbourne on track to have exciting new sports and recreation facilities

On Thursday the 15th of August, Aldbourne Recreation Centre (ARC) marked the signing of a lease for Palmers Field
with Aldbourne Parish Council.  ARC a Registered Charity (No. 1161160), was created in 2015 to support all
community sports and recreation groups and activities of all ages and abilities. With the parish council’s support,
ARC’s aim is to develop sports and recreation facilities for the community on a piece of land of about 3 hectares,
known as Palmer’s Field, which was donated to Aldbourne Parish Council in 2005 by the Palmer family.

ARC aims to have a multi-use facility that will have:

  1. New Football and Rugby Pitches with a Sports Pavilion that would consist of changing rooms and social
    facilities for Rugby and Football as well as other team sports.
  2. A Scout and Guide Pavilion which would be a new headquarters for Aldbourne Scouts and Guides, used by
    around 170 young people each week. The space is used every weekday evening and on some weekends.
  3. A Music and Arts Space which would be a new a base for the award winning Aldbourne Band, as well as
    other music and arts activities in the village.

Historically, sport has been a key part of Aldbourne village life with Cricket, Football and Rugby teams performing
well in the past, despite the lack of changing facilities making home matches particularly challenging. Facilities that
meet various sporting bodies’ requirements will be a huge boost to the sporting ambitions of the village and give it a
new focus for future sports.

Aldbourne Band, a Championship Section Brass Band, currently practice in the Memorial Hall (in the centre of the
village), but a purpose-built facility will give them their own permanent space where they can practice and prepare
for competitions.

There is currently a Scout and Guide pavilion in the village but it is coming to the end of its life and its limited
facilities are not sufficient to meet the demand of the growing village and the increased needs of young people,
equipment storage or indeed it’s fifteen leaders.

The Chair of Aldbourne Parish Council Alison. H Edmonds said “On behalf of Aldbourne Parish Council it gives me
great pleasure to sign the lease with the trustees for Aldbourne Recreation Centre (ARC) for development of sports
facilities in our village. This an exciting project which will benefit the whole community. On behalf of the Parish
Council I wish the group every success.”

Malcolm Pryce, the Chairman of ARC replied by saying “We are very excited about having reached this stage and I’d
like to thank, the Palmer family who donated the field in 2005, Aldbourne Parish Council, the sporting and
recreational groups that we’ve been talking to over the last few years, as well as the ARC team of Trustees,
volunteers and friends. We are also very grateful for the support, in the form of seed grants, from Medlock Trust,
Marlborough Area Board, Awards4All, Wroughton Solar and Tesco. Our next steps for the proposed multi-use facility
is to continue consultations, firm up design requirements, establish an operational management plan and of course
raise the necessary funds.

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