The Playing Field at Southwick
Registered Charity Number 305570
Bought by the Village as its Second World War Memorial
Management and Finance of the Field
The Playing Field at Southwick is a registered charity responsible for all decisions related to the Field although the deeds to the land itself are held by the Parish Council as Custodian Trustees. As we have no independent income, other than small sums generated by pitch fees etc we are very grateful that The Parish Council has always given us an annual grant to support running cost such as insurance and grass cutting.
The Southwick Playing Field Management Committee consisting of representatives from village organisation, two Parish Councillors and elected members of the public meets Six times a year on a Tuesday evening. We are always delighted when villagers attend our meeting to share their views with us.
The Playing Field in Southwick must be one of the most visionary War Memorials in the country. Villagers had the foresight to purchase a field that is now the central geographical, sporting and cultural heart of the Village. Parts of the Field are occupied by the Village Hall, Southwick Sports and Social Club and the Playground. The Field itself serves the needs of footballers, cricket, fetes, events etc.
The playground equipment, including a large mound slide was originally installed in the early 1970’s. Changing views and safety regulations however meant we had to remove the slide and other items in the year 2000.
After three years of fund raising we were able to install in 2003 a Toddlers tower, at a total cost of £8,300. We raised 50% and the Parish Council and the West Wilts District Council each contributed 25%. More recently the Area Board of Wiltshire Council and the Parish Council financed the tarmac path linking the Hall, the play area and Hollis Way and we provided the patio area on the filed side of the Village Hall.
Pressure to provide many other improvements linked to a lack of funds resulted in us seeking the help of the WWDC Community Development Team who helped us through the process of needs analysis, and public consultation. Recently, on a number of occasions we have been lucky to receive Planning Gain “106” monies from developers building houses within the Village. This allowed us to install additional equipment such as the teenage shelter, outdoor gym equipment, inclusive slide roundabout and birds nest swing, the fort on the mound and the goal mouth/basket ball hoop.