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Hoxne Playing Field and Pavilion

 

The Background

In 1965 Mr Derek Major sold an area of land, which is now the village playing field, to the parish of Hoxne for the sole purpose of recreation for the villagers.  Part was allocated to the village itself and part to Suffolk County Council for use by St Edmunds Primary School.

A wooden building was purchased and erected soon after this and it was used as the sports pavilion for many years to follow.

Eventually in 1996 a more permanent brick built pavilion was built to replace the old and decaying wooden building.

Then a team of local volunteers, led by Trevor Jackson and David Muttit, spent many evenings and weekends building an extension to the pavilion to create a new bar area.  This helped to develop a thriving social club at the pavilion which in the early 2000s had more than 100 members, who would regularly socialise there.

The Playingfield was registered as a charity in February 1965 under the reference 304769 and named Hoxne Recreation Ground.

Managing The Playing Field

The Parish Council is the Custodian Trustee for the pavilion and playing field, but the Trust Deed states that the general management of the facilities and arrangements for its use and upkeep “shall be vested in a Committee of Management”.  This is now knows as the Hoxne Playing Field Management Committee.   The Management Committee is a team of 8 volunteers who work tirelessly to try and maintain the building and playingfield for the community to enjoy.  The costs of maintenance and improvements are met through fund raising by the committee and yearly donations from the Parish Council. It costs approximately £6,000 a year to run the pavilion and playing field.  Fund Raising activities include, for example, the sale of Christmas Trees, annual plant sales, annual clay shoot, open gardens, takings from the harvest breakfast, proceeds from the summer play café, social activities and pavilion lets.

In 2014 the committee managed to raise some £50,000 through grants, fund raising and individual donations to replace the ageing play equipment with the excellent children’s play area now in place.  Safety inspections of the play equipment take place monthly.  

Hiring the Pavilion

The pavilion is the perfect venue to hold children’s parties, small family gatherings or events.  It is also ideal for regular group meetings.  If you are looking for somewhere to hold your next event look no further than the pavilion.  The building has a main room with bar area as well as a fully equipped kitchen and of course there is the playingfield outside to make use of.  There are also two changing rooms with showers.

There have been a variety of events held at the pavilion from weddings to gala balls, adult birthday parties from 21st to 50th as well as many children’s parties.  Choirs have used the main room, funeral gatherings have also been held in the pavilion.  

If you are interested in hiring the pavilion please contact Gail Jackson on 01379 668186 or Julie Bryant 01379 668126.  Alternatively send us a message on our Facebook page.  Just search for Hoxne Playingfield Pavilion.  There are preferential rates for residents of Hoxne.