The playing field was donated to the village in the 1990s and is owned by the Parish Council.
It was originally let by the Parish Council to the Orchard Park Playing Field Committee (as a playing field association) which oversaw the initial installation of play equipment and the early years of the playing field’s use. Eventually, the Committee ceased to exist and the Parish Council assumed full responsibility for the facility.
This remains the case today with the council arranging and funding maintenance, insurance and general safety. The playing field was upgraded a few years ago thanks to the enthusiasm of villagers, with a sub-committee organising fund raising and grants to provide new and replacement equipment.
Further equipment will be provided or replaced as and when funds become available.
The playing field is intended to be an ‘all-age’ facility and, in addition to children’s play equipment, includes a boules piste for adults to use at any time.
It is also used for occasional events organised by the Parish Council but may be used by any group in the village by prior arrangement with the Parish Council.
Councillor Graham Spry
Orchard Park Playing Field
Further to the government’s announcement of a second lockdown in England from 5 November until at least 3 December 2020, we are still awaiting full details in terms of outdoor sports and recreation, but as of 3 November, the headlines are:
The highlighted extracts below are from the current www.gov.uk guidance (as of 3 November) – full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
- To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside)
2. You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
Outdoor public places include:
- •parks, beaches, countryside,
- •public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
- •indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
Playgrounds can remain open.