WESTERN Road Recreation Ground in Hailsham is there to be enjoyed by everyone in the community.
That is the message enthusiastically given to residents by Hailsham Town Council.
The recreation ground, created in 1855 as a result of an Enclosure Award for the parish of Hailsham, currently includes a football pitch, four all-weather tennis courts and general recreation area (Beaconsfield, purchased by Hailsham Parish Council in the 1930s), a cricket pitch, sports pavilion and children’s play area.
The recreation ground is home to a number of active local sporting organisations, Hailsham Cricket Club being one of the oldest in East Sussex having been established in 1871. The club has been playing at their ground on Western Road in Hailsham ever since, and have on a number of occasions throughout their history won championship awards.
Hailsham Town Football Club, known as ‘The Stringers’, currently in the first division of the Sussex County Football League, still uses the recreation ground to this day, and Hailsham Tennis Club, which was established in 1905 has been based there for over 50 years.
The Hailsham MI Stoolball Team, formed in 2007, also plays at the Western Road Recreation Ground.
“The Western Road Recreation Ground is a well loved community site and offers local users, and the wider community of Hailsham, a variety of opportunities to enjoy the vibrant open space for sports, leisure and other activities,” said Hailsham Town Council’s ‘Oversight Councillor’ for Leisure, Cllr Jo Bentley.
“Hailsham Town Council is very proud of its flagship open spaces and put a tremendous amount of hard work into ensuring that the high standards expected from residents and users of the facility are met successfully.
“Our aim is to undertake necessary maintenance, repair, restoration, preservation and improvement of the facilities at the recreation ground and make it as accessible as possible for all members of the local community.”
“New members are always welcome to join the sports clubs who use the recreation ground. Young people in particular can now take advantage of some free taster sessions offered by Hailsham Tennis Club during the summer holidays on Thursday afternoons, and should contact the club for further details.”
For further information on using the Western Road Recreation Ground for sporting or community events, contact Hailsham Town Council on (01323) 841702 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.