Clipston Recreation Field Trust

 

Recreation Field / Playing Field

Latest News
Pavilion and Pavilion Hire
Tennis Courts and Tennis Club
Play Areas
Sports Field and Hire
Woodland areas
History
About us

Fund raising:
100 Club - Please join!
Village Festival
Music Concert
Trail Run
Contact Details

 

 

Dates for your diary:

3rd July - Chris Blake musical concert
4th September - Village Festival
26th September - Trail Run

Latest News: March 2021

We continue to be optimistic that our events can go ahead this summer. We’ll plan as if they are and review any decisions in light of changing government regulations. The playgrounds have remained open but please follow all the government guidelines when using them, especially with regard to Covid hygiene. The young children’s area will be mown again by our own team. CRFT are indebted to Neil Ainsworth, Shaun Beasley, Tim Mayer, David Wilford and James McTaggart. Thank you to them for their commitment to this job. There’s space in the team if you’d like to join. Just email me.

It’s been great that Stepping Stones have been able to continue to run their Forest School each Thursday at the Rec. We are very appreciative of generous donation from the family of one of the pupils to buy 3 new specimen Silver Birch trees of different varieties. The children have planted them.

CRFT will be involved in organising the next, hopefully live, Chris Blake concert although the main beneficiaries will be church fabric fund and Stepping Stones. The date is Saturday 3rd of July. We are planning an afternoon concert for families with young children and much participation, and a more traditional concert in the evening. Please save the date and we will provide more details soon.

The Clipston Festival date is September 4th.

The Clipston Trail Run is on for 2021 on Sunday 26th September. Entries are open on the Race Harborough web site and we already have 50 runners signed up.

able to purchase at a later date. If you missed the November concert and wish to purchase a link to watch it, these are priced at £10 and are available from Faye Tan (faye@oldrectory.uk.net).

2021 Village Festival will be on Saturday September 4th depending on restrictions

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Pavilion and Pavilion Hire

The Pavilion is available for hire for £10 per hour for the length of the event, setting up and clearing up times are not charged for within reason. The charge is more if showers are required. Some examples of past hirings are adult and children's parties, music/band practising, a physiotherapy venue, meeting room, pre-school venue. For more information please email or phone. Contact Details

Download the pdf for Pavilion hiring information here

The main pavilion area and kitchen was reburbished in 2015 with a Big Lottery grant.

 

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Tennis Courts and Tennis Club

Clipston is very fortunate to have 2 good quality tennis courts. These are “owned” by the village through the Recreation Fields Trust and as such they are freely available to everyone and anyone in the community to use with no lock on the court and no need to pre-book or be a member of the Tennis Club. However there is an active Tennis Club and there are benefits to being a member (current cost in 2020 of £30 per year) of the Club.

For a start the Club is very inclusive, welcoming players of all standards (ideally able to sustain a rally) and has a very popular “social” night on Tuesday evenings (5:00 – dark) where we play predominantly mixed doubles before adjourning to the pub when darkness falls! Whilst social there is a competitive edge to these matches but primarily they are fun! The benefit to being a member is that you can come down on your own and be guaranteed a couple of hours playing with others, mixing and swapping who you play with and against no matter what your standard. And the Club provides new balls regularly!

Since the pandemic we also have agreed with CRFT that one day a week (Thursdays 9:00-5:00) will be reserved for, or at least priority given to, Club members who can then “pre-book” courts on an hourly basis guaranteeing that the court will be free for pre-arranged matches. Those taking advantage of this tend to play more seriously (often a best of 3 sets) and presumably arrange games with those of a similar standard………….but again if you are a Club member then anyone can book and use the court for a session of their own choice.

In 2021 we will similarly be reserving use of the courts at certain times to allow for professional coaching to take place, both for Club members (who will get a discount!) and non-Club members, including youngsters. We hope this initiative will prove popular with budding Roger Federer’s and Serena Williams’s. It may also prove beneficial to another new (or rather “resurrected”) initiative in that the Club have decided, after a hiatus of nearly 20 years, to re-enter the world of competitive tennis and are entering teams in the East Northants Tennis League. To play in this (Mens, Womens, Mixed) you will have to be a member of the Club…….but we’re always open to new members joining us Rafa!

So, as you will see there are benefits to joining the Club……………and if you want more details on how to do so then please contact Martin Clarke 01858 525 558

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Play Areas

There are two play areas one aimed at younger children which has been updated over the decades and one aimed at older children and adults mainly installed in 2015 and added to in 2018. 

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Sports field and Hire

The sports field is available for hire for regular team sports. Presently we have Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning adult football teams who use the main pitch and a children and fathers Saturday morning team on the smaller pitch. The pavilion can be used for teas and showers but must be cleaned by the team using the facility.  For more information please email or phone. Contact Details

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Woodland and picnic area

The Woodland area at the top of the field was planted in the winter of 2016/17 with the trees supplied by the Woodland Trust and the bulbs, play trees and benches by a Big Lottery grant. We planted approx 400 small saplings and 20 specimen native woodland and orchard trees. Some of these are: Oak, Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Holly, Rowan, Apples, Pears, Plums. Spring bulbs were also planted to hopefully naturalise and increase over the years. The woodland gives the recreation field an interesting place to walk and a picnic area.

Stepping Stones Forest School Leader, Jo Dewar, said “We had a lovely time planting the trees and the children were delighted to help. It will be great to have a new area for the children to explore in Forest School - I think the play tree will be very popular!’ Andy Blake, Chairman of CRFT said "The area will become a great addition for Stepping Stones, which takes pre-schoolers to the playing fields every Thursday to enjoy their Forest School. Their weekly adventures allow them to run and play and learn about the world around them by exploring animals and nature, building dens and making potions and mud pies!"

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History

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About Us

We are a small dedicated group of volunteers who meet approximately four times a year. Besides fundraising we organise a couple of working party Sundays a year to do any maintenance needed. Volunteers are always welcome to help either on the committee or with the working party.

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100 Club 

The 100 Club is a fund raising lottery with three monthly prizes totalling £175 to help raise much needed funds and have fun in the process!

The draw is held monthly with a 1st prize of £100, 2nd prize of £50 and 3rd prize of £25 (unless members are lower than 75). Winners are posted on this website and on our Facebook page.
100 Club form and details download For more information about the 100 Club including how to join.

Please join!  Call, text or email Nikki Bugla for more details or any questions 07856 775770 / nicola@abbeypark.co.uk

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100 Club Prize Winners - 2020

  1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Jan Iain Hendry Adams  Simon Catterall   Julian Rogers
Feb Val Carpenter Tim Millward 

Alison Turney/Charlie Shaw 

Mar Stephen Woodgate Peter Goodchild  John Oldershaw 
April Beccy Tomkins Ray Bolton Liz Davis
May Rose Anderson Heather Weston Andrew Wallis
Jun Carl Sommer John Tedd Gill Burbidge
July Emma Dahm  John Oldershaw  Cara Bolton 
Aug Jane Trentt   Kate Pointon Simon Catterall 
Sept Tim Millward  Helen Roberts  Hannah Eveleigh 
Oct Beth Wakefield Mark Ginns Grace Bunham 
Nov Marsha Day Shaun Beasley Ian May
Dec Janet Alderson-Smith Grace Burnham Dan Halls

100 Club Prize Winners - 2021

  1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Jan Marsha Day  Beth Wakefield Cara Boulton
Feb Moira Willey Dave Wilford Hannah Eveleigh
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Village Festival Saturday September 4th 2021

For the last few years we have hosted and run the yearly village festival. This has involved most of the village organisations and many other village people who come together to make a very memorable event. The majority of the money raised goes to help with the upkeep of the playing fields and renewal of equipment or new projects and to other village organisations who have participated.

 

 A few quotes from villagers and images of our last event in 2019 (2020 cancelled due to Covid)

“Really enjoyed sitting with the breeze drifting through the marquee, with friends dropping by for a leisurely chat; loved the Clipston AllStars and the Knobbly Knees competition – some great laughs that day!”

"Smooth and supple, knobbly and gnarly, hairy, muscly, young, old...what a diverse range of knees Clipston festival provided me with to judge. A fantastic effort and, from the opinion of a “professional judge”, what a competition!"

"Can you see anything through that hairband? (Over her eyes)" - Knobbly Knees judge: A bit but I’ve got my eyes shut! (She didn’t  even recognise her husband or brother)"

"As always it was a fabulous occasion to play at - I drank a pint of water on stage and a pint of Prosecco afterwards!"

"My two main memories -the final encore bouncing on the new stage extension with Timmy, and earlier on seeing Kev come onto the stage and going onto one knee to propose to Jess."

"Brilliant festival yet again, thanks to all who contributed and organised. Have always loved the community spirit, and now it's stronger than ever!"

"The vicar took the biscuit at the dog show. Even after she’d fallen,  the egg and spoon were still intact off the ground!"

 "It is a great village event which everyone loves and I think I can speak for us all by saying that the amount of work that it takes to organise is massively appreciated"

" We feel very lucky to be living and raising our child in such a fantastic and beautiful village with such great community spirit - thanks again to you all"

"Lots of work by so many for our enjoyment. Thanks everyone!"

"Well done and thank you. Love our village. It’s the best. Xxxxx"

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Music concerts

Light classical music concerts run in conjunction with the Church are another fund raiser, usually in the autumn or spring.  A matinee performance for younger children and an evening performance for adults has proved very popular.

Chris Blake Music Concert Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Back in November, the planned concert by the ‘Orion Duo and guests’ went ahead in spite of Covid. Forced to switch to a virtual concert, the musicians recorded in three separate locations, Ian May’s technical wizardry brought it all together as a YouTube premiere event and our biggest audience ever enjoyed the sublime sounds from the comfort of their own homes (couple of photos attached). Many people wrote to express their appreciation and to ask for an encore and so we are starting to make plans to welcome them back to Clipston. ‘I just wanted to say thank you and well done for the concert on Saturday evening. Obviously, a lot of hard work had gone into organising it. Whilst we watched it on our own, it was nice to know that so many other people were enjoying it too’ ‘We want to say a huge thank you for organising the concert on Saturday and especially to the highly talented musicians. It was a real treat and wonderful to feel part of an audience’. So, subject to prevailing restrictions, we hope to stage two concerts on Saturday 3rd of July. Both will be run with Covid-secure measures in place.

The matinee, aimed at children and families, will take place in a marquee at the recreation grounds. To purchase tickets for this event, sold in aid of Stepping Stones pre-school, please contact Jane Hoskins (preschool1@clipston.northants.sch.uk). The evening concert in Church will have a strictly limited capacity. To purchase tickets for this event, sold in aid of the church fabric fund, please contact Alan Skinner (525237 or alanandanne.skinner@gmail.com). We plan to record the evening concert and links will be avail

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Trail run

Our fundraising half marathon trail run, starting and finishing in the recreation field, is starting to become an annual fixture around September/October. This event is run by us but promoted and supported by Race Harborough. We are lucky to have Clipston WI and Alison Morley making fabulous cakes for runners and supporters.

Race information 2021

Event date: Sunday 26th September 2021

A rolling hills half marathon (ish) on trails across country. Starting/finishing at Clipston Recreation Ground, Station Road, Clipston Market Harborough LE16 9RN.

The racing will start from 9 a.m. There is no formal cut off time but you should expect to finish within 3 1/2 hours. Entry fee £22.50 with an early bird discount of £5 for entries before 1st Jan 2021

Competitors must be at least 17 on the day of the race.

More details at https://raceharborough.co.uk/clipston-trail-half/

Contact details:

Andy Blake Tel 07768 554 395  Email: andyblake4@hotmail.com  or clipstonplayingfields@gmail.com

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