Work begins on long-awaited pavilion
PUBLISHED: 09:59 25 August 2012
AFTER a 60-year wait, and 18 months of hard work, the first turf has been cut on a new village pavilion development in East Huntspill.
Friends and supporters turned out to witness the project formally get under way following 18 months of planning and fundraising.
Guy Atkins, is managing director of Highbridge-based lifesaving equipment maker Jo Bird and Co, which made a sizeable contribution towards the development.
Mr Atkins said: “Like everyone else, we have been enthralled by the wonderful Olympic Games.
“It has brought about a renewed enthusiasm for all kinds of sports, as well as community spirit and friendship. It is vital that this opportunity to encourage people to take up a sport is not lost.
“The sports pavilion, I believe, will ensure that the much talked about Olympic legacy will be a greater opportunity for more people to get involved in sporting activities.
“We as a company are delighted to be able to give something back to the local community and hope that it will help East Huntspill fulfil the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship.”
The ceremony took place one year on from the formal application for planning permission for the New Road site.
Roy Stenning, chairman of the East Hunstpill Sports Pavilion committee, said the turf-cutting marked an important stage of the process – but much work remains.
He said: “This is a community project with finance, donations and practical help committed from the village and surrounding area.
“This is, of course, not the end and there is still a need for finance, practical help and donations of material; the aim is to have basic changing facilities available for the football season and the whole building available for a wide range of sports, especially for young people, in the spring.”
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