Annually, around £5,000. needs to be raised through the Clubroom facilities, pitch hire and donations to cover the day to day running costs of the Association. i.e. Insurances, licenses, electricity, water and business rates etc. Additional fund raising events are also held which contribute to a contingency fund to cover any major repairs or equipment replacement. The Clubroom hospitalities and fund raising events are well supported by the Local Community plus sports men/women in the area.
As a Voluntary Organisation, the Association is proud of the facilities which are provided and stringent financial budgeting ensures a viable, self-supporting Village amenity for everyone to use and enjoy.
The need for a Village Playing Field had become desperate following the loss of a courtesy field, which the Football and Cricket Clubs had used for many years, forcing them to become exiles to the Village. Halvergate Playing Field Association was formed following an Open Parish Meeting which was attended by a large contingent of Parishioners from which a Committee of twelve people were elected to represent the Village. Their role was to find a suitable piece of land in the Village and importantly, to negotiate a realistic fee with the Owner. Also, to raise funds for the purchase of the land through fund raising events, donations, grants and loans.
The Halvergate Playing Field Association became a Registered Charity. The newly formed Committee had spent many hours of hard work fund raising and negotiating with Village Land Owners before a five and a half acre piece of arable land was finally purchased from a Local Farmer for £11,000. A £10,000. loan was secured from the National Playing Field Association towards the purchase of the land. Money for the repayment of this ten year loan was raised through fund raising activities such as Annual Fetes, Bonfire events, Coffee mornings, Car Rallies, Social evenings and Bingo etc.
After much hard work by the locals the land was finally transformed into a Village Playing Field comprising of two Football Pitches and a Cricket square. A Clubroom and Pavilion, including changing facilities was also erected, together with equipment for the Children’s Play area. Money for the large slide was raised by Children taking part in sponsored events. The Village celebrated this great achievement with a Grand Opening Ceremony. Local Sportsman and staunch supporter of the Association – Mr. Ben Beck unveiled a commemorative Plaque and an all-day Cricket match took place between Past and Present Members of Halvergate Cricket Club. An unforgettable day for all those associated with this momentous occasion.
Three portable Changing rooms were purchased from Norwich City F.C. for £6,000. This allowed the previous changing facilities in the Clubhouse to be incorporated into the lounge area creating a more spacious clubroom which can accommodate up to one hundred people.
An extension to the Clubhouse included a larger bar area and kitchen and a new entrance hall and toilet block – all compliant with the new Disability requirements Act and supported with funding by Broadland D.C. and The Foundation for Sports and the Arts.
Plans were approved by Broadland D.C. for new brick-built Changing Rooms and a Flood-lit All weather Multi Sports Area. Work commenced on seeking funding to make this possible.
Following successful applications to many funding bodies and the contribution of almost £10,000. by the Association, the erection of an £80,000. Multi Use Games Area took place. This was a tremendous asset for a small village and has been used for a variety of sports since. Funding for new changing rooms is still being pursued.
The Children’s Play area was completely regenerated with new equipment including swings, a climbing tower, a wave slide and a swivel mushroom. An additional slither of land, was also purchased which allowed a small activity trail for young children to be built. Successful funding applications to various organisations enabled this £25,000. project to take place. The regeneration was shortlisted by Broadland District Council for their ‘Open Space Green Development Scheme’ and was rewarded with a Certificate of Merit.
Complete exterior maintenance work on the Clubhouse took place and successful grant applications, plus a contribution from the Association allowed essential grass maintenance equipment to be purchased. A nomination was registered with the ‘QE2 Fields in Trust’ to safeguard the land as Recreational Space for the next ninety-nine years.
Grants were awarded from The Big Lottery – Awards for All and Broadland District Council towards a £15,000. complete interior refurbishment of the Clubhouse, which included new lighting, carpeting, curtains, chairs and banqueting tables plus replacement of all existing wall-boarding and re-covering of soft furnishings. The work was completed for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and the various events held at the Playing Field during the Summer of 2012. The regenerated Lounge area now compliments the existing facilities already on offer.
The Field was officially named as The Queen Elizabeth 11 Field and a plaque was erected to commemorate this.
Funding has now been secured for the replacement of existing Changing Facilities. This work will be completed before 2016 cricket season.
All work on the field and in the Clubhouse is carried out voluntarily and all funds raised are used entirely towards the running and upkeep of this important Community Facility. Support for all fund raising events and manual help of any kind is greatly appreciated by the Committee Members who work tirelessly to ensure that this much admired and well maintained Village facility will remain as such, for many generations to come.