The brand new John Woolley Sports Pavilion was unveiled by Gotherington Parish Council this weekend (Sunday 4 December).
The pavilion, found in the Freeman Field directly behind the village hall, replaces the old sports hut which was falling apart and in a dangerous condition. The new, larger, more modern facility can now be used by the whole community, for village events and by sports clubs, as well as being available for residents to hire.
Thanks to the new build project, there are now disabled facilities, as well as a new meeting space and landscaping around the building.
The £55,000 project was made possible with funding raised by Gotherington Parish Council, as well as a £15,000 grant from Tewkesbury Borough Council’s community grants scheme. Funds were also donated by the Summerfield Charitable Trust, Gotherington's tennis, cricket, football and petanque clubs, the bonfire committee and Gotherington village fete.
Funding also included a Section 106 contribution negotiated by the borough council from the Shutter Lane housing development.
Gotherington Parish Council’s chairman, David Hearn, said: “The John Woolley Sports Pavilion is a fantastic addition to the facilities of Gotherington. It is named after the late John Woolley, who was a major contributor to village sports activities. He was also chairman of the parish council and a very respected village resident. Thanks are due to the many contributors to the project both in financial and project management roles."
Chair of Tewkesbury Borough Council’s community grants committee, Councillor Mike Dean, said: "The new pavilion is an excellent example of local people making good things happen in their community. Gotherington Parish Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council worked closely together to secure funding for the project, and we hope residents will enjoy using this terrific place to meet, play sport and stay fit and well, for many years to come."