Rugby club ‘delighted’ as community hub approved

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 January 2017

Cheddar Valley Rugby Football Club's new clubhouse.

Cheddar Valley Rugby Football Club's new clubhouse.

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A rugby club is one step closer to a new clubhouse and changing rooms after plans were approved – but it still has £175,000 to raise before work can begin.

Cheddar Valley Rugby Football Club (RFC), in Sharpham Road, aims to begin work on its new building in the new year.

The club submitted its planning application to Sedgemoor District Council in June with the aim of creating a new base for its teams and a social hub for the community.

Junior vice chairman Dan Ward told the Mercury he was ‘delighted’ by the news it has now been approved.

He added: “It will be a real asset to the community as we share the space with the football, cricket and tennis clubs.

“We hope to make this development a space for everyone in Cheddar.”

Mr Ward said the club hopes to start work some time in 2017 and open for business by 2018, however members must first raise the money to finance the project.

The new development will be built in two stages; the first will focus on the clubhouse and the second on the changing rooms.

The clubhouse will contain a kitchen, bar and washroom facilities and it has been designed to be in-keeping with other surrounding buildings.

There will also be four changing rooms to cater for all the teams – the club currently rents changing rooms from Cheddar Parish Council.

The club still needs to raise £175,000 for the clubhouse and a further £100,000 for the changing rooms.

Mr Ward said: “All members are keen to help raise the money.

“Clearly we are not going to raise it all overnight just by washing cars – we will be applying for grants and loans from organisations such as the Rugby Football Union and Sport England.”

Cheddar Valley RFC’s original clubhouse was demolished around 18 years ago and a concrete slab was laid in preparation for the new build.

The club has been based at Sharpham Road Playing Fields since 1963 and has junior teams of all age groups with more than 100 members, a men’s and women’s team.

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