Archives October 2019

Newsletter – October 19

It’s certainly autumnal outside and walking around Palmers Field and the great walks around the village it’s lovely to see the changing colours. This time of year also means it’s time for our AGM, which is happening on Wednesday the 30th of October at 7.30pm. 

Everyone is very welcome and after the formal business, there’ll be plenty of time to chat and answer any of your questions. 


At the moment we’re busy in our consultation phase. This involves consultation with groups and organisations within the village and we’re continuing our research by looking at other projects which are similar to the vision we have for Palmers Field. We’re also having a series of meetings with key stakeholders to show them the initial designs we’ve had from our architects and get their feedback.  We’ll keep you fully informed of our progress. 

New Website

We’re delighted to say our website is going through a transformation with a new modern look and hopefully, you’ll find it easier to navigate and get the latest information. Although there’s more to do we’re really happy with the progress and incredibly grateful indeed to Simon Godfrey for all his help. Have a look:

As always if you have any questions or suggestions, please do get in contact with us at: 

We hope we’ll see you at the AGM next week and in the meantime, if you’re not already, please do follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by clicking on the links below. 

Many thanks 

Malcolm Pryce, 
Chairman, Aldbourne Recreation Centre 

Newsletter – September 19

It was great to see so many of you at our Cheese and Wine evening last month, and although many were not able to make it, we were very grateful to receive so many kind messages of support. Thank you again to John and Marianne Adey for hosting the evening and to Mark and Sue from the Post Office Cafe for looking after us so well and subsidising the food and wine. We were also delighted to be joined by members of the Palmer family who we were able to thank publicly for donating the field in the first place, because without them, there would be no project. We’ve had a busy summer and with the lease signed for Palmers Field, we’re now in the middle of the next stage of our project. For those who were there you’ll be aware of what we are doing, but here’s a quick recap for those who were not able to make it. 

Design Drawings
We’re delighted to have received initial drawings for a single multipurpose building. This was as a result of receiving use cases from all the stakeholders and working with our architects to produce the first set of drawings. We have now shown these to the stakeholders and over the next month, we’ll be having a series of meetings with them to get their feedback. We’ll then make any necessary revisions to the designs and show them to the parish council, our supporters and then the wider village.

Meanwhile thanks to an Awards4All grant we have engaged Alex Lambert to undertake a formal community consultation. Alex will be helping the Trustees and Core Team put together a comprehensive report that will be used to present to Aldbourne Parish Council, the wider village, core grant funders as well as those offering private donations. On the subject of funding, we’re starting to work on a series of events starting with an ARC Curry and Quiz night in February and lots more to come, so look out for details soon. 

Core Team
I’m delighted to say that we’ve had many new offers of help since we signed the lease and have already welcomed Mike Rodd and Chris Davis to our core team. We’re thrilled that they will be able to add their talents to what is already a very strong team. Whatever your talent and regardless of how little time you think you may be able to offer, we’d love to hear from you.

We are thrilled that Aldbourne Band came 9th in the British Open Brass Band Championships in Birmingham last Saturday.  We are so lucky to have such an outstanding band in our village and how wonderful that they will hopefully be a part of our project with a fantastic rehearsal space. They rushed back to perform the last village Pond Concert on Saturday and here’s one of our core team members, Alan Watson, sharing the exciting news of their achievement. 

And Finally…..
We are so excited to be moving ahead and delighted with the current momentum of the project. We look forward to keeping you up to date every step of the way and as always if you have any questions or suggestions, please do get in touch with us at: 

As always we’re keen to spread the word so if there is anyone else you’re aware of who may like to receive this newsletter, just ask them to email us or click the Sign Up To Our Newsletter Button on the website. Also please do follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by clicking on the links below. 

Many thanks 

Malcolm Pryce,  Chairman, Aldbourne Recreation Centre 

Newsletter – August 2019

As you’ll be aware we’re very excited to have officially signed the lease with Aldbourne Parish Council for Palmer’s Field. Although the lease was actually signed the week before, we held a short ceremony last Thursday evening to mark the occasion officially:Attending the ceremony were the Chair of Aldbourne Parish Council, Alison Edmonds, Parish Councillors, the Chair of ARC, Malcolm Pryce with ARC Trustees and supporters.

Alison Edmonds said “On behalf of Aldbourne Parish Council it gives me great pleasure to sign the lease with the trustees for Aldbourne Recreation Centre for the development of sports and recreation facilities in our village. This an exciting project which will benefit the whole community. On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish the group every success”.

Malcolm Pryce, replied saying “We are very excited about having reached this stage and I’d like to thank, the Palmer family who donated the field in 2005, Aldbourne Parish Council, the sporting and recreational groups that we’ve been talking to over the last few years, as well as the ARC team of Trustees, volunteers and friends. We are also very grateful for the support, in the form of seed grants, from Medlock Trust, Marlborough Area Board, Wroughton Solar, Awards4All and Tesco. Our next steps for the proposed multi-use facility is to continue consultations, firm up design requirements, establish an operational management plan and of course raise the necessary funds.” 

We are planning to celebrate with a Wine and Cheese evening at the Malt House on South Street, (by kind permission of John and Marianne Adey), at 8pm on Friday 30th of August. Parish Councillors, ARC Trustees and Core Team members as well as all supporters and recipients of this newsletter are invited, so look out for your personal invitation which we’ll be posting to you before the end of the week.

It’ll be a celebration of how far we’ve come, and it’ll also be a great opportunity to tell you a little more about where we go from here. We’ll talk about our plans as well as outlining an estimated timeline for the project. 

We will also be a part of the Aldbourne Carnival again this year, so do look out for us on the Green on Saturday the 31st of August.

We really hope you’ll be able to make it to the Wine and Cheese Evening and in the meantime as always if you have any questions or suggestions, please do get in contact with us at: thanks 
Malcolm Pryce, Chairman, Aldbourne Recreation Centre