New Crewkerne leisure centre to open doors for first public glimpse
Eager residents will soon have the chance to look inside the new George Reynolds Centre in Crewkerne.
The building, on the Henhayes Recreation Ground, is nearing completion and will be open to the public on Friday, November 9, from 1pm until 4pm and 6pm until 9pm.
Crewkerne Sports and Youth Activities Ltd received a grant of £2,000 from Somerset County Councillor John Dyke’s health and wellbeing budget this week.
The charitable trust, set up to run the centre on behalf of owners Crewkerne Town Council, will put the money towards lockers for the sports clubs using the site and for promotional purposes.
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The town council has also revealed plans this week to enhance the entire Henhayes Recreation Ground by creating a paved circuit around the green.
The authority hopes to use materials from the old sports club buildings on site which will be demolished when the new building is complete.
The council is preparing a sketch plan of how a pathway could look to go out for public consultation as soon as possible so residents can have their say.
Jed Dunn, property and projects officer, said: “A perimeter footpath will allow everyone – runners, cyclists, dog walkers and the elderly – to get around the ground.
“Rather than take the rubble from the old buildings off site, it will be crushed on site and used as the base coat for a pathway.”
When the existing sports club building is demolished, the area which is freed up will be used as a football training pitch for under 10s and a pair of smaller pitches for under 8s training.
When these are not in use by local teams, they can be used by anyone in the community.
Mr Dunn said: “When the old buildings are demolished, we will be returning twice as much ground to Henhayes than the new building has taken.
“This will not be exclusively for football. It is grass and can be used by all the community for whatever they wish.”
There is also the possibility that the junior playground on Henhayes could be revamped as part of the developments.
Crewkerne Town Council plans to visit schools to get feedback from local young people as part of the consultation process.
The Crewkerne Sports Club building will be used for the final time on Saturday to host a gig by local band, Above Suspicion.
The event is being held to raise funds for the George Reynolds Centre and starts at 8pm.
Tickets are available from James Hardware or Fitting Pretty in Market Square, Crewkerne.
Simon Shackleford, from Crewkerne Rugby Club, said: “All the sports clubs are very excited about the new building. With the rugby, football and cricket clubs all expanding and developing youth sections, this new facility will only encourage more involvement and help promote sport within the town.”