Outside Space – What is happening during the Summer of 2022

BUBWITH LEISURE AND SPORTS CENTRE – A COMMUNITY HUB RUN BY VOLUNTEERS

FORWARD PLANNING AT THE LEISURE AND SPORTS CENTRE

You may remember The Survey, to gauge opinion from all who kindly took part as to what is needed and can be provided for the community. We analysed the results, and took advice from a consultant through Sport England. Covid has brought into focus a number of activities we lack, or are little involved in, but which you have told us you would like to see developed in the village. Top of the list are outside activities such as walking, running and cycling. Through 2020 we developed plans to improve what we offer outside the building.

What will happen:
The concrete terrace outside the bar is small and unattractive, we plan to extend and landscape it forward by about five metres to allow for better seating and spectating of cricket matches. To allow for this the cricket and football pitches will be extended further south, and the square extended and re-centred. The whole area will be surrounded by a firm track suitable for running, walking or cycling, about 600m or one third of a mile in length – The Bubwith Daily Mile. It will link via the bridge to the public footpath network. At the far end of the field, the currently unused area will house a “learn to ride” area for budding cyclists to gain proficiency, and a pump cycle track for young children to practice their skills, roller skaters, those on scooters or even the skateboarders.

All this in February 2022 was  approved by ERYC, we need now to raise funds, no mean task at present, though we are making some progress in this respect. Work has now started on installing the lighting around the playing field, this began in early July 2022. The Bubwith Daily Mile will be constructed during the autumn of 2022.

We have not abandoned our plans to develop upstairs in the Leisure Centre, but the higher level of funds would be even harder to obtain at the moment. Some of you will not yet have had chance to see our upgraded changing rooms and toilets, and re-decorations, completed during 2020, photographs including a great 360 degree shot– take a look!

In the future we hope to create a new children’s playground between the carpark and the cricket field, and reclaim the existing playground area for car parking. This has long been an ambition, and a chance to introduce new equipment, including, it is rumoured, a zip-wire. The new site will be adjacent to the terrace so handy for mums and dads to sit and enjoy. The area would be fenced to traffic, and cricket balls, although locked and out of bounds during a cricket match for safety.

If you would like to understand more about what is happening at the leisure centre, please contact Barry (Carpus) our secretary by email on