2022 Annual General Meeting

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The Chalke Valley Sports Centre Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

18th May 2022 at 7.00pm

Present:

Michaela Johns, Edward Fry, Chris Rothwell, Simon Dawes, Tom Scard, Jim Scard

Apologies:

John Dutson, Linda Watson, Dave Cooper

As Interim Chairman Chris Rothwell chaired the Meeting.

  1. Minutes of the 26th May 2020 AGM

These had been circulated in advance and accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman. There were no matters arising.

  • Election of Officers

There being no persons coming forward to accept roles on the Executive Chris Rothwell agreed to accept the post of Chairman & the Executive agreed to continue in their current posts. With the hiring of the hall increasing the question was raised about the need for a paid post to cover this role. It was agreed to continue monitoring.

  • Annual Report

See full report attached.

  • Clubs Report
  • Cricket
    Report read by Chris Rothwell – see appendix
  • Table Tennis
    Report read by Tom Scard – see appendix
  • Bowles
    Report read by Michaela Johns – see appendix
  • Petanque
    Report read by Michaela Johns – see appendix
  • Tennis
    No update provided
  • Football
    No update provided
  • Pickleball
    No update provided
  • Finance Report

Treasurer presented the 2021-22 Accounts that had been prepared on a cash basis, but yet to be audited. The accounts had been circulated in advance. Attention was drawn to the grants that had been paid to CVSC. A full copy of the Accounts is attached.

The full report is included at the bottom of this document.

  • AOB

Support for Ukraine:

CR explained about the families now staying in the valley and how the CVSC wished to support them by allowing free use of the facilities and asking clubs to allow free membership to the Ukrainian families whilst they are with us. The Petanque club already has a regular presence and have been made very welcome and the Tennis Club have agreed to free Tennis membership.

TS will consider how the Table Tennis club can help & maybe look at the 6:30 session run on a Sunday.

It was agreed by the meeting that Sports Centre membership subscription be waived.

CVSC & Clubs Constitutions:

CR raised the question about what the clubs currently have in their constitutions for any club funds should a club dissolve. The CVSC are trying to push for these funds to put back into the CVSC and remain local. Tom & Jim were happy to consider this and raise in the club AGM. Football had confirmed that their funds would go to Wiltshire FA which the meeting felt a shame as resources would be ‘lost’ from the Valley.

MUGA Floodlights:

A number of discussions/meetings have taken place, and another is scheduled with a preferred contractor & ANOB in order to find the best option for a replacement system as the current lights are now in need of replacement and are expensive to run. A replacement bulb is somewhere in the region of £200

Junior Membership:

Based on the current situation with the cost of living going up it has been agreed to delay implementing a junior membership subscription until September 2023. It would then be at £11.

Future Large Projects:

The following are a list of the known large projects that will need attending in due course

  • Floodlights
  • MUGA replacement
  • Centre Roof
  • Storage
  • General maintenance
  • Upgrade of kitchen

Kitchen Fridge:

The cricket club have previously asked if they can use the Kitchen fridge which is currently used by the Petanque club for the chilling/storage of beer/wine for their sports bar. It is locked to ensure that no underage consumption as this would affect the CVSC alcohol license. CR will write to the club on this further as they now have secured a fridge & space in the kitchen  is available.

Pickle Ball Court Lines:

It has been raised that the newly added lines for Pickleball are slippery & following legal advice CR will be sending a letter to the company as they have failed to respond to a number of emails around rectifying.

School use of CSVC Facilities:

CR will talk to the school to establish their current requirements and to review the current charges.

Sports Centre WiFi:

It was raised if the centre needs to supply WiFi. Simon asked if the current lack of WiFi actually stops the hall being hired as we would need a lot more hires in order to cover the implementation & monthly costs. Simon to obtain some costings.   

CR closed the meeting with a thank you to Michaela, Edward & Simon for their on-going support to the CVSC and the unseen work undertaken behind the scenes, without which the centre would not be able to function.

May 2022

Appendix

Cricket Club

The Cricket Club enjoyed a part season (still interrupted with Covid cases) in 2021. The Club finished a respectable 10th (mid table) in the Hampshire League division 5 North West.

The midweek competition was affected by Covid and bad weather. Unfortunately, the Old Sarum Tuesday night league has now ceased and Broad Chalke have joined a new Wednesday ‘20 over’ league for the Salisbury District.

The arrival of the new artificial strip and cage has been a welcomed addition to the Sports field. The club have taken full advantage of this facility and are very grateful for all the hard work and funds by the Sports Centre for this equipment

Table Tennis Club

We have had a fruitful year for multiple reasons with the main aim to increase participation across the whole board from juniors to seniors.

 Both Tom  and Jim Scard have undertaken and passed our level 1 umpiring coarse which allows us to umpire up to county level league and tournaments.

In the Salisbury league, we had 3 teams, 2 in division 1 and 1 in division 2. Eagles finished the season in 3rd place, top player being Benji Maxwell losing only to one person the entire season. The kites finished the season wining the handicap plate. The last team was a full junior team of about 5 juniors. They all played exceptionally getting a couples wins throughout the season.

In the Blackmore Vale league, we had 3 teams, 2 in division 2 and 1 in division 1. Falcons came in 3rd place in div 1 by 3 points  which is a huge achievement considering the top 2 teams consist of top county players from the Wiltshire and Dorset area. Nightjars also came top taking the division 2 title.

In county terms, we have 2 juniors who have exceeded at the Wiltshire county championships. Benji Maxwell taking the u17 and u19 number one spot and also representing both junior AND adult county teams this season. His sister Lauren Maxwell has also performed well this season. She has taken the number one spot for u15 girls in Wiltshire and also representing Wiltshire juniors at the national schools championship which is a humongous achievement.

My main focus this year has been the same as the last 2 years and that is junior participation and improvement. Reeling from Covid-19 and losing 5 or 6 of the regular juniors we have bounced back and are now getting a regular 8 to 10 juniors every coaching session. There are 2 or 3 new juniors in the last couple weeks but they are already showing great promise. I am hoping to have them match ready for January or potentially season start in September. This could mean having 3 junior teams in the league’s which will be a monumental achievement for the club and local league’s.

The club will be running a very much requested summer league again. It has received much attention in the past couple years I have run it. I have so far had 15 teams register for it. Some are new to table tennis and some are regular players. Due to the high demand it will run Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 2 matches starting at 7pm and 2 matches starting at 8.30pm. I may also, depending on interest run a separate mini junior league on a Sunday practice evening throughout the summer as well alongside our usual practice session.

Future plans, my future plans are to continue with junior participation and development, I might look at the level 2 coaching course in the near future providing I can get funding from Wiltshire tt board and perhaps league aswell and time to do the coarse aswell. I was also invited to do some coaching for a new formed club in Harnham, Salisbury. There is a potential there to increase participation again in local league’s. I am also looking into how to further promote our sport and club locally whether through the creation of a website and social media.

Tom Scard

Chairman

CVTTC

Chalke Valley Short Mat Bowles Club

The Chalke Valley SMBC has achieved safe bowls status to allow it to resume bowling once lockdown restrictions were lifted and we have returned to bowling with club nights and league entry.

Our member numbers stand at 15 with two younger villagers joining our ranks this year.

The club accounts are up to date and we have funds in place for league and club affiliation fees. Our treasurers account currently stands at £1668.74. With no large expenses due in the foreseeable future.

We are looking to continue interclub matches we will look to partake in friendlies and county competitions as before.

Damon Johns

CVSMB Club Captain. 

Chalke Valley Pétanque Club

The Chalke Valley Petanque club has grown in popularity since its inception last year with Friday club/social nights continuing and league entry for a second year to the Keystone Brewery petanque league just getting underway.

The club successfully moved indoors from October and although numbers dropped, a core of interested players attended regularly meaning the club continued to make money throughout the winter months.

We returned outside two weeks ago, both Friday nights were well attended and hopefully this will continue into summer.

We successfully hosted the Keystone Petanque finals day last year, winning a triples knockout tournament in the process and establishing ourselves in our first season in the league.  

The club accounts are up to date, and we have funds in place for restocking the sports bar as needed and updating/improving equipment as required.

Our treasurers account currently stands at £600.77. With bar takings and pay on the night fees keeping us in a positive position.

It is expected with the return outside the takings will increase and we are planning some summer events to encourage new members into the club.

The club has worked on a competitive level but more importantly is becoming a social event enjoyed by many in the village. With the help of a dedicated group we hope to build on the current success.

Damon Johns

CVPC Club Treasurer. 

Finance Report

Dear all

Here is my written report.

The accounts have been sent to you with this report. This year our accounts to 31 March 2022 show a surplus of nearly £12K, as you know, in normal years we usually just about breakeven.

  1. This was mainly because we had received Grants £8K from
  2. Wiltshire & Swindon WASP £1K
  3. Wiltshire Community Foundation £2021 – Made by Sports – clubs in crisis fund
  4. Wiltshire Council £2000 – GOGA Funding
  5. South West Wiltshire £2950 – getting our community active again £20
  6. and £8K COVID support grants from (from Wiltshire Council).
  7. We also received £200 from Broad Chalke Community Fund and £500 from the cricket club who raised money for the new nets.
  8. Still to pay for £2745 for cricket nets and for basketball and tennis posts – done in April 2022. Still need to arrange for outdoor table tennis
  • All Parish Councils continued the support to the centre at different rates and differing ways. Broad Chalke continue to cover the buildings insurance at a cost of about £400 per year and this year they also contributed to VAT costs on repairs and assets we purchased. Thank you for this support.
  • External hires, as expected, due the closure were less than pre COVID levels in 2020 but we believe we will get back to these levels. We now take and hold deposits and keep this separate on the balance sheet to be returned to the hirer.
  • Clubs – 2 new ones in the year Pickleball and Petanque – as a sports centre committee we started the sport and then as we hoped a committee came forward to run it.
  1. Some essential works had to continue so costs of repairs has risen as has sundry costs as we had to pay for our alcohol licence again the year £180 and waste disposal of £214.
  1. Reserves cover 5 years assuming no major repairs or to be done – however we know the roof needs work. Quote approx. £5K. And the kitchen will need refurbishment soon estimate £3K and we are saving up for the resurfacing of the MUGA in the future.
  1. Bank balances were; Deposit UTB £36K and Lloyds current account bank balance £8K.
  1. independent examining these accounts – this is outstanding.
  1. This current year 2023 we are helping clubs get their members back to sport and helping them upgrade facilities.  We have applied for various capital grants and will make good use of the money to encourage exercise and sport in the local communities we live in. Next big project is the replacement of the Floodlights.
  1. We are still struggling for executive committee members so if anyone can spare anytime then please do come forward – the more people we have the more we can achieve. Simon joined us in the year – many thanks for sharing the workload.
  1. Take a look at our website and see if you want to join any clubs / events – www.chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk

We try to advertise the centre in the local village magazines so people know what is happening and on Chalke Valley Families Facebook page.

SPORTS SCENE – June 2022

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Facilities for all the Chalke Valley
The Sports Centre’s AGM took place last month and the Executive Committee agreed to stand again for a further year with Michaela Johns as Treasurer, Simon Dawes as Secretary, Edward Fry as Vice Chairman and Chris Rothwell as Chairman.
Michaela reported on the financial position of the Sports Centre which is reasonably healthy at the current time following successful applications to various funding sources, however there are some outstanding grant aided purchases and significant costs ahead (floodlight replacement). We also continue the approach to build up reserves towards the Multi Use Games Area replacement.
The Chairman reported on the development of facilities over the last year; on the new Petanque and Pickleball clubs that have been formed; and on the challenges the centre still faces in remaining viable both financially and in terms of people willing to help in the running of the Centre.
It was agreed that membership to the sports centre is to be offered free to Ukrainian guests in the valley and for the junior membership charge to be deferred until September 2023 to help in the recovery post pandemic.
We are delighted to be hosting the following events on behalf of the village and wider Chalke Valley
Sunday 5 June Jubilee Picnic on the Sports Field from 12.30pm. To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Come and enjoy time with family and friends. Bring your own picnic.
Saturday 6 August Chalke Valley Fete and Produce Show- Starting at 2.00pm Free admission and lots of fun activities and Market Place stalls from local artisans. Prizes for home grown vegetables, home baking, photography, and fancy dress. Good old village values and traditions to celebrate the Jubilee.

SPORTS SCENE – May 2022

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Facilities for all the Chalke Valley

A few dates for your diary…

Wednesday 18 May at 7.00pm Sports Centre AGM. An opportunity to hear about what has been happening at the Sports Centre over the last 12 months; our plans for the coming year and a chance to ask questions of the Committee and raise any ideas and issues.

Friday 6 May 6.30pm Outdoor Social Petanque. The outdoor season starts this month with two teams entered in the local league and the ever-popular Friday evening social Petanque. All the family welcome. Sports Bar.

We are delighted to be hosting the following events on behalf of the village and wider Chalke Valley

Sunday 5 June Jubilee Picnic on the Sports Field from 12.30pm. To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Come and enjoy time with family and friends. Bring your own picnic.

Saturday 6 August Chalke Valley Fete and Produce Show- Starting at 2.00pm. Free admission and lots of fun activities and Market Place stalls from local artisans. Prizes for home grown vegetables, home baking, photography, and fancy dress. Good old village values and traditions to celebrate the Jubilee

SPORTS SCENE – April 2022

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Facilities for all the Chalke Valley

With Spring very much in the air we are starting to look at our plans for the outdoor sports again and the new season that awaits.

It has been a busy and exciting few weeks. Storm Eunice left us with the need to re felt the shed, but otherwise we were quite lucky. Now we have lots of things happening as part of our plans to try and bring new activities and improve what we are able to offer.

Our second new football goal post has arrived and is out on the sports field, so we now have a great kick about pitch for all the family to enjoy. This is a great resource to hire for birthday parties, and we had our first of these a couple of weeks ago.

Outdoor basketball has continued to be well used since being installed a few weeks ago, so much so that one of the balls has worn out! If anyone has a spare basketball or two, and would like to donate please let us know. We aim to keep a couple of balls in the storage net so anyone can turn up, play, and return the basketballs to the net for the next family to enjoy. 

A lot of work is being undertaken planning replacement of the floodlights on the multi sports area. The existing lights have reached the end of their economic life, parts are increasingly difficult and expensive to obtain, and new technology means there are far more energy efficient and environmentally friendly lights now available. We are working with the Cranborne Chase AONB as part of the International Dark Skies Reserve so that we plan new lighting in line with the Dark Skies Reserve recommendations. Also, with the support of Wiltshire Councillor Nabil Najjar, we have been successful in securing a grant from Southwest Area Board towards the £17,000 costs. Wiltshire Councillor Nabil Najjar said:

“I was delighted to be able to help the Chalke Valley Sports Centre secure £5,000 of Wiltshire Council funding for their new multi-use games are lights. This funding comes on top of the £3,000 which was granted to the Centre last year. My division of Fovant and Chalke Valley, and the fifteen villages within it, are fortunate to have a number of fantastic community assets like CVSC, and I hope that this funding will help the Centre continue to thrive, expand its offering, and attract new members. “

At the time of writing this Newsletter we are also planning our next major development. Together with the Cricket Club, we have raised over £4,000 to install a new cricket practice facility. This will see the laying of an artificial grass practice bay together with a cricket cage and net. Cricket Club Chairman David Cooper said: “This will be a fantastic addition at the Sports Centre and will enable the Club to enjoy first rate practice facilities, enabling coaching and development. We are always looking for new players and will be starting practice evenings in May, so just turn up and join us. More information on the website when the nets are completed.

Just a reminder of what else is on. The football season will draw to a conclusion later this month. The new Thursday afternoon 2.00-4.00 short mat bowls session has now started, and the Monday evening session takes place as normal.  Petanque will be moving back outdoors on Friday evenings from the first Friday in May, and will continue indoors until then, so come and join us you, will be made most welcome.

Tennis mix-ins continue Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings, and the Club will be competing in the Salisbury Sarum and Shaftesbury Leagues and are looking for new players. Some exciting news we hope to share soon will be the possibility of having LTA coaching facilities at the Club to include Tennis Xpress course for beginners and advanced players. This will be open to non-members too.

Pickleball takes place Wednesday evenings on the outdoor sports courts, and table tennis is on Sunday evenings. If you are interested in playing Table Tennis during the daytime, please contact Tom at the table tennis club.

As we seek to raise money for new developments, donations are very welcome and can be sent to the Treasurer at the below contact or by bank transfer to:
Chalke Valley Sports Centre. Sort Code: 30-97-41 Account Number: 01351926

SPORTS SCENE – March 2022

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Facilities for all the Chalke Valley

It has been great seeing the new basketball equipment being well used and the basketballs returned to the storage net ready for the next family to enjoy. Thank you.

We hope that March will see us finalise arrangements for our next major project. Funds are already in place following a successful grant application last year from Wiltshire Council, but we put on hold awaiting improved weather. Watch this space for full details.

We are also now working hard to put a scheme together for replacement floodlights for the Multi-Sports Court. Applications for grants have been submitted to a number of organisations as we need to raise £17,000. The lights are 20+ years old and have reached the end of their economic life. Replacement parts are increasingly difficult to get hold of as they are no longer made. The lights themselves are not as efficient as modern units and, with the price of electricity rocketing, we need to reduce running costs. One exciting part of this is to work with the Cranborne Chase AONB and their International Dark Skies Reserve Project Officer to see if we can reduce the impact of sports floodlighting in the Reserve.

With the night’s drawing out and the weather improving, we will be providing a second set of football posts for the youngsters to come and enjoy a kick about on the sports field. If you are looking for a great healthy birthday party, why not hire us for a 5V5 party?

The new Thursday afternoon 2.00-4.00 short mat bowls session has now started, new players are very welcome, and the Monday evening session takes place as normal.  Petanque will be looking to move back outdoors on Friday evenings later in the month. Tennis mix-ins continue Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings, and the Club will be competing in the Salisbury Sarum and Shaftesbury Leagues and are looking for new players. Pickleball takes place Wednesday evenings on the outdoor sports courts, and table tennis is on Sunday evenings. If you are interested in playing Table Tennis during the daytime, please contact Tom at the table tennis club.

Cricket will be starting in May.

We also welcome the Chalke Valley Play School on a Tuesday afternoon.

…and remember… If you have a party or celebration in the year ahead or need a venue for an event, the Sports Centre Hall is a comfortable space with a linked kitchen and is available to hire. We have hosted some great children’s parties and have contacts for party organisers if you want to take the stress out of the day and enjoy it with your children.

SPORTS SCENE – November 2021

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Facilities for all the Chalke Valley

It has been great to see the Sports Centre operating with a full calendar of sports and recreational activity over recent weeks and to see the return of the Chalke Valley Challenge. We have also been able to support the Flu clinics run by the GP practice by providing the staff rest facilities. Petanque has moved indoors on Friday evenings and the new Club now fully established, as is the new Pickleball Club on Wednesday evenings.

As the evenings are drawing in and the opportunity for outside fresh air sport is reducing have you thought about coming along to the floodlit evening sport sessions over the autumn/winter months to keep yourself in trim? Tennis Thursdays 6pm to 8pm (in most weathers) and Pickleball Wednesdays from 6pm.

There are also plans afoot for a Saturday outdoor Petanque session. If you are interested contact chalkevalleypetanque@gmail.com we are offering soup and a roll to keep you warm!

You may have seen our advertising banners around the village. We are an ideal venue for all sorts of events and, whilst the Centre is a Members Club, facilities are available to hire by anyone, whether a Member or not. The Multi-Use Games Area is great for children’s outdoor birthday activities, or we can provide facilities for a 5 a-side football party on the sports field.

One of the frustrations of recent weeks is the delay to the supply of new equipment that was ordered at the beginning of the summer, Brexit, fuel and driver shortages, or containers stuck in the wrong part of the world has meant that we have not yet received the basketball post that we have planned to install to provide further activity for young people. We have also rescheduled the installation of cricket practice nets until the spring.

We had some disappointing news last month in that our funding application to the National Lottery for the refurbishment of the kitchen had not been successful and so we have to reconsider how best to tackle this, as well as the provision of more storage now that the Centre is hosting more activities.

Just as a reminder, our website contains all the information you need to know about the sports and activities and the times they take place. You can also follow us on Facebook and, most importantly, if you want to try an activity, just get in touch with one of the Club representatives, you will be made very welcome.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Interim Chairman:  chrisrothwell@hotmail.co.uk  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer: ivonhouse@hotmail.co.uk       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman: Edward.fry2@btinternet.co.uk

Simon Dawes: Secretary: simon@dawesfamily.co.uk

Sports Centre general email: Info@chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk

Our website is www.chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

SPORTS SCENE – October 2021

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The Chalke Valley Sports Centre

 Facilities for all of the Chalke Valley

The Autumn Programme

The Sports Centre is in full operation as we move into the Autumn, and we keep everything crossed that the near ‘normal’ service will continue. So, now is the time to get fit ahead of Christmas with so many different sports and activities to try.
The Chalke Valley Sports Centre is a Members Club but that doesn’t mean that it is exclusive! We welcome everyone and, at the moment, there is no membership cost for children and under 21’s in full-time education.
If you have not been to the Centre or taken part in a sport or an event, then you will be given a warm welcome when you do. The Centre is run by a small team of volunteers and is home to a number of Affiliated Sports Clubs. We are wholly funded through Member’s subscriptions and grants that we apply for.
Our website contains all the information you need to know about the sports and activities and the times they take place.
If you are looking for a venue for a family event or a children’s party, then the hall is an ideal venue. We are licensed for the sale of alcohol and for music and dancing.

On Sunday, September 19th, we hosted the Keystone Brewery Petanque League Finals Day. The Chalke Valley Sports Centre Petanque Club was well represented in the Finals and came out victorious with Simon Dawes, Damon Johns and Terry Jolly winning the triples. The weather stayed fine and more than 40 people enjoyed the BBQ and Sports Bar as well as the excellent finals to the Petanque season.

Friday Night Social Petanque moves indoors from 1 October 6.30 pm- 8.00 pm. The Sports Bar will be open as normal and the newly established Club will continue through the autumn and winter. See separate news sheet on the Chalke Valley Petanque Club.

CHALKE VALLEY CHALLENGE

We are pleased to be hosting this event again at the Sports Centre on Sunday 17 October. Entries are now open for the 10k Run and the 3K Fun Run. See separate information.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Facebook Page- For up to date and daily information follow us on our Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

Do you need a venue for meetings or family celebrations: If you are looking for a great venue get in touch through our general email.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Interim Chairman:  chrisrothwell@hotmail.co.uk  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer: ivonhouse@hotmail.co.uk       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman: Edward.fry2@btinternet.co.uk

Simon Dawes: Secretary: simon@dawesfamily.co.uk

Sports Centre general email: Info@chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk

Our website is www.chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

SPORTS SCENE September 2021

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The Chalke Valley Sports Centre – Facilities for all of the Chalke Valley

…a change in seasons…

Although the summer never really got going, that has not been the case for our summer sports. Cricket, tennis and petanque have all enjoyed a return to near normal activity after the periods of disruption. The new Pickleball Club got started, and table tennis has continued indoors, as have yoga and pilates.

With September up on us and the change in season, so we have a change to our sporting programme. Football has started again and indoor bowls also. We also are getting ready to move indoors with Friday night socials and indoor petanque next month.

Tennis will continue through the autumn, benefitting from our floodlit courts, and table tennis also carries on in the main hall. Pickleball will continue when weather allows.

We look forward to hosting the Keystone Brewery Petanque Finals Day on 19 September, the Chalke Valley Facility being recognised as one of the best in the region. Come along and see what it’s all about. We will be running a BBQ and the Sports Bar will be open. We will also be running come and try indoor petanque between 2.00-4.00. Everyone welcome.

 Our Star Gazing event in August with Cranborne Chase AONB and Broad Chalke Parish Council was a great success. We were able to see Jupiter and the rings of Saturn; marvel at our Milky Way; observe the Andromeda Galaxy and see many meteors and other fascinating ‘objects’. We hope to put on further events in coming months and to help promote our International Dark Skies Reserve.

September will see further sporting developments at the Sports Centre, following successful grant applications. Check out our Facebook page for updates.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Facebook Page- For up to date and daily information follow us on our Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

Do you need a venue for meetings or family celebrations: If you are looking for a great venue get in touch through our general email.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Secretary:  chrisrothwell@hotmail.co.uk  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer: ivonhouse@hotmail.co.uk       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman: Edward.fry2@btinternet.co.uk

SPORTS SCENE – August 2021

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The Chalke Valley Sports Centre – Facilities for all of the Chalke Valley

…it has been another busy month at the sports centre…

With the removal of Government restrictions on 19 July, the sports centre was opened fully again, although we have taken the decision to do so cautiously and maintain sensible safeguards around sanitising hands on entry, maximising ventilation, advisory wearing of masks whilst inside where possible and continuing to observe sensible distancing and numbers whether inside or out.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Facebook Page – For up to date and daily information follow us on our Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

Grant support from Wiltshire Council’s South-West Area Board.

With the support of Wiltshire Councillor Nabil Najjar, we have successfully secured grant support of nearly £3000 towards the next phase of our Getting Our Community Active Again Project and later this year this will see the installation of outdoor cricket practice nets; a basketball practice area adjacent to the sports courts; the purchase of some cycle racks and some portable junior football posts as well as helping to fund other elements of the Project.

So far in the last few months we have secured grant support totalling nearly £10,000 and this has enabled us, in addition to the above, to complete the Petanque Terrain; mark our and purchase equipment for 3 Pickleball Courts and purchase 4 social seating areas.

Our next significant project is to raise money for refurbishment of the Kitchen. A National Lottery funding application has been submitted to try and achieve this.

Friday Night Petanque Socials – Last month we held our first Friday night BBQ as part of the social Petanque evening and with generous support from the meat company Heck, thirty valley residents enjoyed a very pleasant evening of Petanque, a drink or two from the Sports Bar and an excellent BBQ with home baked bread rolls very kindly donated by Terry Jolly. Come and join us from 6.30pm each Friday. It’s just £2 for the night (non-BBQ) and all equipment is provided.

Normal Club Activities- Now that we are operating back to near normal, check out our website for full schedule of events including tennis, cricket, table tennis, pickleball, ypga, indoor bowls and pilates.

The Laughing Aztecs: Don’t miss the excellent Mexican takeaway food on a Sunday evening.

Make Someone Welcome Campaign: Having signed up to this campaign in partnership with the Go Out Get Active Project it continues to be our pledge to make everyone welcome at the Sports Centre. Just turn up at a Club session and have a go.

Children’s Parties: If you are looking for a great venue with lots of outdoor space get in touch through our general email.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Secretary:  chrisrothwell@hotmail.co.uk  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer: ivonhouse@hotmail.co.uk       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman: Edward.fry2@btinternet.co.uk

Sports Centre general email: Info@chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk

Our website is www.chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chalke-Valley-Sports-Centre-110944004548798

SPORTS SCENE – July 2021

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The Chalke Valley Sports Centre – Facilities for all of the Chalke Valley

We have had a busy June with lots of news and things going on….

It was disappointing that we could not open the Sports Centre fully on 21 June, but it has been an exciting few weeks at the Sports Centre with lots of new things happening.

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Friday Night Petanque Socials – We are still operating in a covid safe way, but Friday night Petanque has been an opportunity to get out, meet friends and try a new activity over a drink from the Sports Bar. A regular group of around 25 attended through June, meeting at 6.30pm-8.00pm (ish). We meet unless it is raining. Come and try it at no cost, all equipment is provided. If you enjoy the evening then all we ask is you spread the word and bring along the family and a friend on your next visit. A £2/session cost will apply if you become a regular. Under 16’s FOC. If you want to play competitively, we have a team that compete in the local Keystone Brewery League.

Summer BBQ’s are also being planned to extend the evening along with other ‘Garden Games’. We are looking for anyone that could donate a Garden Gas bottle as a reserve supply for the BBQ.

New Picnic Benches: We have invested in some specially branded Chalke Valley Sports Centre picnic benches to provide spectator and social areas for all the Centre’s activities.

Make Someone Welcome Campaign: In partnership with the Go Out Get Active Project we have pledged to make everyone welcome at the Sports Centre. If you have ever considered coming and seeing what activities are available but then thought ‘they are all going to be too good for me, I’ll just feel out of place’, then don’t worry, all our Clubs and activities have pledged to make you welcome.

You can either turn up on a Club evening; email the sports centre general email; or email one of the Committee or Club reps and we will be in touch and make sure you don’t feel out of place. All the information on activities and Club times are on our Facebook Page and Website. Come and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Getting Our Community Active Again Project: In recognition of the constraints we have been under as a consequence of Covid-19 and to encourage more people to get outdoors and take up a new sport or activity, we have developed a project to deliver a number of new activities for everyone. In June we had great news of a number of successful grant applications to help us deliver these:

Wiltshire Community Foundation: £2021 for basketball facilities.

Go Out Get Active: £1000 for equipment and additional support facilities.

Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership: £2000 towards Pickleball courts.

Broad Chalke Community Fund: £200 towards the bench seating.

We would like to thank all the organisations for their support and for the funding provided. This will help to bring more opportunities for all sections of our community to take part.

We have plans for more facilities and are working on further grant applications! Keep in touch by following our FACEBOOK page.

Pickleball: Following receipt of the grants, we have now developed three outdoor Pickleball courts. This is a great sport for all ages and abilities, as well as it being played competitively. It’s an ideal introduction to tennis and is played on a small court (about the size of a badminton court) with a bat called a ‘paddle’ (like a large table tennis bat) with an air ball the size of a tennis ball.

The Moonrakers Pickleball Club have become affiliated to the Sports Centre and had their first Wednesday evening Club session in June. New members are welcome, and if you are not sure what it is all about why not come along with family and friends to the Come and Try It Open Evening: on Wednesday July 7th between 6.00pm- 8.00pm. All equipment provided.

The Sports Centre’s regular Programme of Club Activities includes tennis, cricket, table tennis, short mat bowls, football, pilates and yoga. Full details on our website and Facebook page.

Children’s Parties: In June we had our first covid secure children’s party hire. If you are looking for a great venue with lots of outdoor space get in touch through our general email.

The Laughing Aztecs: As we put this newsletter together we are in discussions to bring this outdoor Mobile Mexican food take-away service to the Sport Centre on Sunday evenings. More info to follow through our Facebook page.

 Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Secretary:  chrisrothwell@hotmail.co.uk  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer: ivonhouse@hotmail.co.uk       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman: Edward.fry2@btinternet.co.uk

Sports Centre general email: Info@chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk

Our website is www.chalkevalleysportscentre.co.uk.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChalkeValleySportsCentre/