Village facility is now bigger and better

WOOLACOMBE’S newly extended and refurbished sports pavilion has been officially opened following completion of a £76,000 upgrade project.

The pavilion next to Meadow Car Park now has a new community room, along with new showers, toilets, kitchen and store room.

North Devon Council allocated £60,000 of developer contribution money to the project, with further funding coming from Mortehoe Parish Council and voluntary work and contributions from the community.

Mortehoe Parish Council chairman, Don Duffield, said: “This new pavilion improves what we have in the village, not only for the local football clubs, but for the rest of the community.

“The project was an ideal opportunity for us to make so much more of the pavilion and make it into a multi-use facility.

“We’ve already had enquiries from playgroups, with the new community room lending itself to indoor activities. There’s even the option of opening it up to provide some outside space. Therefore we hope it will be well used.”

One group already making use of the pavilion is Woolacombe and Mortehoe Football Club. Club secretary and co-founder Andrew Woodman said: “The old facilities here didn’t have a changing room for the referee and we were told if we didn’t get it sorted within two seasons, we wouldn’t be able to continue playing in the league.

“It needed doing and we were happy to give up our time and help paint the building.

“There was a real community buzz, with 10 to 12 of us here during the evenings and at weekends, roping in all of our friends.

“It’s such a nice pitch to play on and now there’s even more potential.”

For enquiries about the pavilion, telephone the parish council on (01271) 870247.