Recreation Ground

The Orford Recreation Ground has a full size and a half size football pitch, tennis courts, an outside gym, a zip wire, a children’s play area and a pavilion.

The Recreation Ground Charity has been working closely with the Sports and Recreation Club to determine the most effective way to improve the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground. We have surveyed the local community to identify what they would like and we have looked at various options including a purpose built replacement, a modular timber replacement and a full refurbishment of the existing structure. The cost of these options varies between £300,000 for a design and build, £180,000 for a modular timber pavilion down to £82,500 for a thorough refurbishment of the existing building.

A detailed inspection of the existing structure has shown that the timber frame of the original building is in good condition which reflects its early history as an MoD building. The block extension which houses the changing rooms is also in good condition under the deteriorating cladding. This offers a sound framework on which to develop an improved community building at a reasonable cost.

It has been decided to refurbish and reconfigure the Recreation Ground Pavilion in order to enable the building to continue to provide essential recreational facilities for the village community. The reconfiguration of the internal space is intended to provide greater scope for a wider cross section of the community to enjoy the benefits of a single community centre with local access to formal and informal sports and social amenities.

The external timber cladding will be replaced with a proprietary fibre concrete product that looks like timber cladding but is fire, moisture, rot and pest resistant and is coated in a hardwearing coloured surface. The chosen colour is Mountain Sage.

The community has demonstrated that it is fully behind the project by supporting the local fundraising efforts of the committee and offering volunteer help for many of the tasks associated with the restoration of the existing building. These efforts and a significant contribution from the New Orford Town Trust means that, subject to a few final details being cleared, the refurbishment work will begin Monday 6th July 2015.

The planned work will be to refurbish the fabric of the building as phase 1 and there will be ongoing fundraising to replace the fixtures and fittings such as the tables and chairs, curtains etc. as phase 2.

It is hoped that the bulk of the refurbishment will be completed in time for the Flower Show and there will be opportunities for everyone attending the show to see the progress of phase 1 and contribute to the funding of phase 2.

The plan below gives a little more detail of the proposed work to be carried out although some of this may be subject to change.


If you have any suggestions for improvements, ideas for fundraising or details of suitable grants I would very much appreciate a call on 450741
or email

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