We have had some great
fun events in recent summers! The Summer
Fair was held in 2011. A large crowd of Bollington folk
came and had a great time despite the heavy shower of rain that
got everyone running for cover!
In 2012 we planned a similar event for the Queen's
But the weather defeated us, and a Rock Band
event went the same
way. Torrential rain before and on both days meant that we had
to cancel all the field activities that so many were looking forward
to. But a good picnic was held in the Pavilion on Jubilee weekend
with freshly cooked burgers being prepared under the verandah!
So we were looking for better weather in 2013! Well it was better,
if not perfect, for Rock on the Rec held on Bank
Holiday Monday in May. There was a huge turnout - well over 1,000
people enjoyed the fun and games - great slides and many other stands
for everyone's enjoyment. A similarly successful event was held in
2010 June Fair
View of the Recreation Ground with the
Pavilion near left, the cricket field in the middle and the
football field far right. The tennis courts and bowling greens
are on the far left. The children's play area is on the left
foreground with the Ranger station and car park to the right.
It is hoped that the wood to the left can be opened
up to the public providing access to the canal which crosses
the valley behind the trees.
The Friends of Bollington Recreation Ground are an energetic group of volunteers working to help keep the ‘Rec’ as a welcoming place for the benefit and enjoyment of the local community. Working in partnership with Cheshire East Council, who are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the ‘Rec’, the Friends help with improvements to the general environment and appearance. The ‘Rec’ is used regularly for football, cricket and bowls and the recently refurbished tennis courts are very popular in fine weather.
The Friends are keen to promote the enjoyment of a range of activities
by the local community. With substantial investment from the Borough
Council the ‘Rec’ received the prestigious Green
Flag award (left) for 2008 and have retained this award for
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015! The ‘Rec’ was also
the home base for the widely acclaimed Bollington
May 2014 and for many years before.
The Friends usually meet in each third month
(see dates below) in the Pavilion at the ‘Rec’ to review progress
with improvements and to plan future activities. The scope of the
activities of the Friends also extends to cover the adjacent Adlington
Road play area.
Activities planned by the Friends include organising environmental
surveys of flora and fauna, providing opportunities for local Schools
to undertake nature studies and hold picnics and sports events,
explore the possibility of providing improved skate boarding facilities,
as well as helping with maintenance of wild flower areas, borders
and general tidiness of the site.
New volunteers are most welcome and should contact the Clerk at
Bollington Town Council or come to one of the regular meetings.
Below - John Kershaw, left, and Michael Burdekin hold up the FOBR
flag with the support of other friends!
Picture: Lee Wainwright
Friends meeting dates
Friends of the Rec meetings will take place in the Pavilion.
Next meeting: 7.30pm
on Monday [tba] 2014
Please join us at this meeting. Everyone with an interest in the
Rec. is very welcome.
Dog Awareness sessions
The first dog awareness session with, from
left, Alderman Sylvia Roberts, Joan Bradley, Tony Forrest and
FOBR chairman John Kershaw.
The Friends organised a number of dog awareness sessions which were held
on the Recreation Ground. The purpose was to ensure that all
dog owners who regularly walk their pets through the Recreation Ground
fully understand what is expected of them with respect to maintaining
control of their dog(s) and preventing fouling. The latter has at
times been a serious problem but in more recent times the message
is getting through that leaving fouling in the public areas is just
not acceptable, as well as being illegal.
At the first session FOBR chairman
John Kershaw together with the Macclesfield Borough Council Environmental
Enforcement Officer, Tony Forrest, and dog Psychologist and Behaviourist,
Joan Bradley, were joined by several volunteer Friends to intercept
dog walkers, give them the MBC leaflet on the subject, and ensure
that they all knew the rules.
Clubs making major use of the Recreation Ground
There are several clubs that make major use of the facilities of the Recreation Ground, some on a seasonal basis. They include ...
Bollington Cricket Club - this thriving club fields
nine teams from First XI to Under 11s.
Did you know that Bollington Recreation Ground was once the Cheshire
County Cricket Ground? Amazing but true - in 1908!
Bollington Bowling Club -
Bollington Athletic Football Club -
Tennis Club -