Fernhurst’s campaign for a pavilion to be proud of has taken another major step forward with the finalisation of plans. Developed with sport facilities experts ‘Sports Clubhouses’ these plans will provide the community with modern changing and social facilities to support the 800+ members that the sports and leisure clubs now comprise. The designs were the result of many months hard work by Fernhurst Recreation Ground Trust in conjunction with the village football, cricket, tennis and stoolball clubs.
Trustee Bill Gourlay said "We were very careful to ensure that we produced a solution which meets the needs of our community, complies with the regulations set down by sports governing bodies and also gives us a new pavilion which will fit into our beautiful village green setting in a much more sympathetic manner than the existing building."
"Our designs are now with the South Downs planning authority, who we hope will recognise the importance of these facilities to the local community. Whilst we expect to receive some assistance from grants, this initiative is very much an example of the community coming together to help themselves to improve their environment. We still have a lot of work to be done in raising the necessary funds to build the new pavilion, but are determined to deliver a valuable asset that will proudly serve the village for at least the next 50 years".
Fundraising is now in full swing following a successful black tie do at Lythe Hill before Christmas. A variety of different events are being organised for 2019. The legendary Blackdown Run is being revived on April 28th while on July 19th the cricket club will host the world famous Lashings team. More big workouts and a barn dance are also planned.