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Project information

Grindleton Pavilion Project

In 2 years we raised over £450,000 to build Grindleton Pavilion-changing rooms and a community hall and meeting room-opened November 2012. Need to continue equipping the Pavilion to maximise benefits to community and to pay off outstanding loan of £30,000 and maintain recreation ground facilities

November 2012 - November 2015

Charity information: Grindleton Recreation Ground Charity

Grindleton Recreation Ground Charity logo
  • Need


    We have been successful in raising funds to build Grindleton Pavilion, opened in November 2012. There are changing rooms, a community hall and meeting room. Usage is growing with improved quality of life in our village. Need to continue equipping facilities to enable all the rooms and sports facilities to be used at the same time eg. sufficient tables and chairs to use both rooms at same time. Also outstanding loan of £30,000(reduced from £40,000 when building opened).


    Having all parts of the building usable at the same time will increase availability of facilities to the community and help to generate income to service the loan and allow continued investment in maintaining all the Recreation Ground facilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise funds to continue to fully develop the potential of the Pavilion


    » Raise money from hire charges and provision of bar facilities at events
    » Raise money through fundraising events and donations
    » Raise money by applying for available grants

    What success will look like

    Achieve position where both rooms are equipped so they can function at the same time and improve soundproofing between changing rooms and hall to enable them to be used together

    Aim 2

    To raise funds to pay off the loan of £30,000 over the next 3 years


    » Raise money from hire charges and provision of bar facilities at events
    » Raise money through fundraising events and donations
    » Raise money by applying for available grants

    What success will look like

    Reduction in loan over next 3 years-aim to try and pay it off fully. Have been promised matched funding until November 2013 against what we can raise to reduce loan.

    Aim 3

    Raise funds to maintain all the Recreation Ground facilities


    » Raise money from hire charges and provision of bar facilities at events
    » Raise money through fundraising events and donations
    » Raise money by applying for available grants

    What success will look like

    Continued maintenance to high level of play area and multi use games area. Long term aim to redrain football pitch - aim to do within 7 years

  • Impact


    The Pavilion has provided a hub for village activities and social interaction.The project will increase further the possibilities for leisure, exercise and sport in the village. Usage figures will be monitored for at least 3 years.
    We will demonstrate increased bookings and aim to reach isolated members of the community.


    We proceeded during the build period to open up the whole building ie. included upper floor where meeting room is located, having fully researched the potential use and income generation. This led to us having the loan of £40,000 initially.
    Usage over the first 6 months has grown steadily with many varied groups using Pavilion as well as private hire.
    Invested in kitting out bar as this is obvious large income generator.
    We have a high quality building surpassing others in the area.


    Website updates
    Regular newsletters
    Personal communications

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Outstanding loan Currently interest free loan
      £5,000 Internal furnishings Tables & chairs, blackout facilities and accoustic panels. Carpet bowls
      £5,000 Football related Accoustic door on changing room, netting to protect carpark during match, minor drainage

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Parish council £750 Guaranteed
    Ribble Valley Borough Council £1,250 Guaranteed
    Bowland Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Private donations £2,000 Guaranteed
    Fundraising £5,400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Grindleton is a village in the Ribble Valley with a population of about 600. The Recreation Ground is a 1 hectare site on the edge of the village across the road from the primary school and village cricket pitch.
    The Ribble Valley is regarded as an affluent area compared with many parts of East Lancashire and we struggle to get local funding for projects. Little recognition of the issues of rural isolation and deprivation and problems associated with transport difficulties.


    Grindleton Football club and other exercise groups
    All sectors of the village especially the young and elderly and those socially isolated.
    Other users of the facility. We have already started a Film Club which did not exist before and weekly "Craft 'n' Chat" group. Camera Club start weekly meetings in September and will do workshops for residents.
    Improved facilities for young people-small group working on plan for skate area.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We own the Recreation Ground. We have a strong history of successful fundraising and completion of other projects. In 2007 we raised £35000 to upgrade the tennis court to a multi-use games area and in 2010-12 £450,000 to build the Pavilion.
    We have the confidence and support of the population with a capable management team.
    We have maintained financial balance throughout our history from 1972 with funds raised by donations and fundraising events.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anne Huson-Volunteer

    Trustee and Pavilion project chair. Retired General Practitioner. Local contacts, organisational skills, drive and staying power

    Terry Waters-Volunteer

    Treasurer and Vice chair. Accountant with national health care organisation. Good contacts in village and balanced view

    Joan Horsfield

    Retired PA. Leads "events team" who advise and support users of the hall. responsible for equipment in Pavilion

    Caroline Waters-Volunteer

    Fundraising lead. Tremendous enthusiasm and organisational ability. brings new people on board

Our new Pavilion opened 2012

Our new Pavilion opened 2012

"The Pavilion has transformed my life. I can get to events now which mean I don't have to leave my husband for long"

Lady in her 70s with disabled husband