ADDINGTON RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE
(CHARITY REGISTERED NO 302668)
Chairman Secretary Treasurer
Peter Robinson Peter Williamson Keith Stone
The Bailiff’s Cottage 14 Stockton Close 14 Old Barn Road
Park Road Penenden Heath Leybourne
Addington Maidstone West Malling
ME19 5BQ ME14 2DW ME19 5HQ
01732 840003 01622-674838 01732 848281
Annual Report 2009/10
The Recreation Ground Committee strives to provide good and safe sports and recreational facilities,
playing surfaces and social accommodation for residents, the local community, member clubs and
societies so that we can achieve more effective utilisation of the infrastructure and buildings and at a
revenue cost benchmarked as “best value” in T&M. We are indebted to the Volunteers we have in the
Village that help us to manage the Recreation Ground particularly that core group of members of the
various clubs and societies who give their time to ensure that we are always going forward.
Bone Sane Vicini –(jolly good neighbours) We have been supported in our ambitions to have the very
best recreational facilities for the community by our Parish Council, our District and County Councillors
and have established a productive working relationship with our adjoining Village Hall.
The highlight of the year was the Kent Flagship NatWest CricketForce community volunteering event on
26th; 27th & 28th March 2010 where we had significant support from a number of VIPs and particularly
from our own community.
The Rt. Hon Sir John Stanley MP for Tonbridge & Malling
Hugh Robertson MP for Faversham and Shadow Minister for Sport &
Sue Murray Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling
Jamie Clifford - Chief Executive of KCCC
Clair Gould - KCB Cricket Development Manager and Team leader
Paul Farbrace - Team Director of Kent County Cricket Club
James Tredwell England and Kent Squad member
Simon Cook - KCCC
Matt Coles - KCCC
Kent County Councillor - Sarah Hohler
T&M Borough Councillors Ann Kemp & Mathew Balfour
Addington Parish Councillors - Pat Garrett (Chair); Philip Wilson;
Annette Bullimore; Margaret Castle and Parish Clerk Patricia Hughes
Treasurer on KCCC - Simon Philip
Area Manager of Hanson - Mike Smith
Three members of Staff from the local Branch of NatWest at Borough
Sheena Pitchford - KCC Sports Development Unit
Substantial completion of much of the development project scope was achieved over the weekend.
The scope for Phase 2 includes a spectator balcony, a garage/ workshop, rainwater harvesting, extension
to the practice area, installation of sun pipes and further upgrade of the emergency escape capacity.
We have upgraded the level of insulation in the roof spaces on the sports pavilion, installed sun pipes in
the main function room to minimise the use of energy and installed a large rainwater harvesting facility
which will significantly reduce our water consumption for the irrigation of fine turf areas during the
Other Projects delivered, planned and new community activity programmes
Two projects that were advanced during CricketForce weekend were:-
- the completion of the foundations for the new community recycling bays for the bottle banks and other
recycling containers. We now have to provide improved vehicular access to this site and intend a joint
project with the Village Hall for this and to extend car parking. We are also interested in the ownership
of the sliver of land north of Park Road for overspill parking during heavy commitment to the
- a £15,000 investment from Community Spaces for an extension to the pre-school and U-7s children’s
Playground facilities to incorporate a 1,000 m2 family area in the under utilised wooded area to the East
of the existing playground site. The scope of this project also includes introducing users to
environmental challenges and awareness with information of the local flora and fauna.
We have also made a bid to KCC’s Playbuilder Fund to upgrade the 7 -13 year old play facility. One of
the requirements for this bid is to undertake an extensive consultation with the children in the
community to identify needs.
One result from the higher comfort levels provided in the main function room has been a significant
increase in membership on the Bridge Club. Currently they have expanded to run an additional Thursday
morning session and now have a membership of over 80.
Addington Football Club is having one of its most successful seasons in the history of the Club and the
junior team play some very attractive soccer.
Statutory returns were made to the Charity Commission and to ENTRUST (as a registered
The Children’s Playground area was inspected by RoSPA with no major risk items identified.
Risks to the future
Our rents and hiring rates have now been reviewed and new levels set for our member clubs and
societies. New rates have also been advised for ad hoc hirings to third parties.