Funding Success to Improve Codmore Pavilion

Chesham Town Council in partnership with the Botley Road Playing Fields Association is celebrating a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund for £10,000 to make crucial improvements to the Pavilion at Codmore Field, Botley Road.  The Codmore Pavilion, originally opened in 1993, was built with support from the football pools and now needs refurbishment to bring it up to 21st Century standards.  With an additional £10,000 from Chesham Town Council, the £20,000 budget will pay for an upgrade to the changing and bathing facilities for players and officials with new access and refurbished toilets.  Improvements will also be made to the public areas, which will include redecoration of the kitchen and toilets, carpeting of the main room, better heating, new security blinds for windows currently boarded up and a patio area making it a much more attractive place for local groups to hire for meetings, play groups, birthday parties and other events.

Dr Mark Pegg, who wrote the funding submission with Town Clerk Bill Richards, was delighted to hear about the success of the application  “This is the first step in what I hope will be a comprehensive 5-year plan designed to improve and enhance the quality of our playing fields across the town. Our ambitious aims include upgrading the football pitches at Codmore Field to FA standards. We also want to see similar improvements to the pitches at The Moor and Marston Field.  Ultimately, with further applications for grant funding, we would like to see new pavilion facilities at both sites and with the support of the Town Council and the wider community we are sure we can achieve great things for Chesham.”

Councillor Jane MacBean, Chair of CTC’s Rec & Arts Committee, is also thrilled with the outcome of the funding bid,  “As part of the debate around the new Local Plan there is a lot of discussion about the future of Chesham, how it may change and how we can improve facilities and amenities for our residents.  Our green spaces are incredibly important to the health, wellbeing and enjoyment of residents and this is an important step in the plan to preserve and improve some of our vital green spaces.”

For further information please contact Chesham Town Council on 01494 774842 or at admin@chesham.gov.uk.