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Wellow Recreation AGM March 2017

Please come along to the AGM of Wellow Recreation at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd March in the Village Hall. This is a very important meeting.

Wellow Recreation was set up as a charity at the request of the Parish Council to provide one organisation, with limited liability, to manage the facilities on the playing field on behalf of the Parish Council and all villagers. However, Wellow Recreation can only do this once a lease has been agreed, which gives the charity the authority to do this. After several months of discussions, this has not happened, as it first requires Wellow Valley Tennis to surrender their lease over the tennis courts, which has also not happened. As a result, the charity still cannot do what it was set up to do.

The Wellow Recreation Trustees believe that there is no point in the organisation existing unless it is doing what it was set up to do i.e. provide one, village owned organisation to look after all the facilities. The AGM will therefore discuss what it should do in response to not having a lease that enables Wellow Recreation to do its work. A motion about this that will be discussed is on the Wellow Recreation website.

Please come along and have your say on the 2nd. There will also be a report on the work done and successes to date, presentation of the accounts and some wine and nibbles. There will also be elections for the Wellow Recreation Trustees. Irrespective of the decision about the future, Trustees are needed to help run things over the next few months. New Trustees are really welcomed. You can nominate yourself (or someone else) at the AGM or in advance by emailing

You can find the agenda and associated documents for the meeting here .

You can find the motion for discussion at the meeting here. Amendments to the motion will be taken from the floor at the meeting.

Marian Osborne on “Life’s A Dream”

Reflections on Life’s a Dream

For several years we’d had few opportunities to see a play in Wellow – a memorable Mystery Play in the church but little else – so it was a very special occasion when the Miracle Theatre from Cornwall came to give us “Life’s a Dream”. What a treat it was! A sparkling, fast-moving, witty production of this 17th century Spanish play, brilliantly adapted by a member of the company, and performed by gifted actors who slipped smoothly from role to role and from the comic to the serious. They immediately formed a great rapport with the audience and coped with airy ease with little problems like passing aircraft and a freezing wind. Come again, please!

Theatre barsOne reason for the previous dearth of drama in the village may have been the shortage of suitable space since the Village Hall had sadly to get rid of its hard-won stage. Now we know that the western end of the recreation ground can make a lovely venue – once some imaginative people have put a lot of thought and hard work into creating it, of course. Many thanks to them. The audience made its way past a row of decorative silvery “trees” to reach an amphitheatre bounded by hay bales, backed by floodlights and facing an amazingly versatile stage. There was comfortable space for the audience of about two hundred people with their chairs and picnics, and the Hall provided a place for interval refreshments (and the chance to warm up). The youngest person there was, I believe, five, the oldest – I won’t go into that, but we were all enraptured. A play captivates everyone. I hope there’ll be many more evenings like this one.

Marian Osborne

Come and Join in with the Cricket

If you scrunch up some newspaper tightly and tie some string around it you can make a football and start playing. Other than perhaps running, there is no lower barrier to entry for any sport. This is surely the reason football has evolved into a sport that dominates our back pages, our TV screens, our pub banter, our hearts and minds, hopes and dreams and the world stage.

kids & cricketWith this in mind, Wellow Sports has worked extremely hard to ensure that the barriers to joining in are low and the opportunities high. Our aim is to make our facilities accessible to everyone.

The cricket nets are no exception. We offer an ECB approved net facility, with ECB qualified coaches, all the balls, stumps, pads, gloves, bats etc that you’ll need to start playing cricket. Just turn up. We have two nets, a big field and a lot of adult supervision so we can cater for all abilities. Our aim is primarily to introduce people to the sport, to develop the passion and enjoyment that kids can carry through the rest of their lives. Although in the future we will have to find a way of generating enough money to cover the costs, for now we offer these services for free.

Wayne Gretzky famously said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. He was presumably talking about ice hockey but there can be few better metaphors for our lives today.

So whether it’s tennis, football, cricket, rugby, boules; whether it’s at Wellow Sports or not; whether it goes somewhere or not; take that shot…….but I hope it’s cricket 🙂

For more details contact: Tel. 07919 543 852; or Tel. 07768 454 149

For several years we’d had few opportunities to see a play in Wellow – a memorable

An update from the AGM

We had some really good discussions about the future of Wellow Recreation and the different sporting activities at the scheduled AGM in June. There was just one small problem – we ourselves such a high number of people for the quorum of the meeting that we didn’t quite make it! This meant that, although we covered lots of issues, the discussions have no formal status.

In some ways this is no problem as we held our first AGM 12 months before we needed to – and so the work will continue even though the formal business did not take place that evening and the Trustees will take note of all he good suggestions made that evening.

The July Trustees meeting will review Trustee roles, explore co-option of new Trustees, and kick start the next 12 months of our work. Plans will be made for the AGM later in the year – probably with some alcohol involved to entice people to attend!

Looking for new Wellow Recreation Trustees

Help Run Wellow’s Sports and Recreation Facilities
Would you like to contribute to the running and management of our wonderful sports and leisure facilities on the playing fields?
The Annual General Meeting of Wellow Recreation which will formally elect the next set of Trustees will not now take place until either the autumn or early next year. Some of the Trustees are wishing to step down because of other commitments – often other thing sint he village – so we are looking for at least three new people to join us.
Every Trustee takes on a role around a particular aspect of Wellow Recreation. For example, we are particularly looking for people to take a lead interest in fund-raising, or in co-ordinating the different groups that use the fields. We are also keen to have a young person as a Trustee (they must be at least 16) who will lead on involving children and young people of the village and ensuring the facilities work in their interests.
If you would like to have a chat with anyone about this, just speak to any of the current Trustees (contact detail are on the Wellow Recreation Website Nominations are open until 5pm on Wednesday 29th June. To put yourself forward, contact either Hugh Prentice or Rob Greig.

May update from Trustees

At the Trustees meeting at the end of April, the following were discussed:

  • Progress with the lease to the land, the pavilion development and the drainage. These are all being taken forward by the Parish Council with our support.
  • The tender documents for ground maintenance were reviewed and it was agreed that more information is needed before reaching a final decision.
  • The concerns over parking on the playing fields were discussed. It was agreed that this should be taken up through the Parish Council with a view to getting to a clear position that the parking spaces are a resource for the village, not any single facility.
  • A draft child protection policy was discussed agreed – as required by law.
  • Two fund raising activities were agreed – a wine tasting in May and a safari supper in June. It was agreed we need to find/recruit a new Trustee to take responsibility for co-ordinating fund raising activity.
  • It was noted that agreement has been reached with the village school for their use of the facilities on the playing field in return for a financial contribution from next term. Their usage will be free during the current term. Discussions are still needed with Magic Box.
  • The first AGM will be held of June 30th. All Trustees will stand down as required by the constitution – some have indicated a willingness to continue if elected. All Trustees agreed to ask around to encourage new people to put themselves forward.

Full minutes will be published on the website once they have been agreed at the May meeting.