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New Changing Rooms Opening
10th March 2012

Wessex FMBere Regis Sports Facilities Get £150,000 Revamp

It's hoped more people will take up sports in a Dorset village after a revamp to their local sports hub.

Bere Regis Sports Club are unveiling their brand new £150,000 changing rooms today following five months of building work.

The unveiling

There will be a private opening ceremony during the afternoon of Friday 9th March, followed by an 'open event' in the evening. The private event will give the club the opportunity to thank those who have helped to fund the project.

The new sign

Sports Club Chairman, Andy Kent, says:

The Chairman

"For many years now visiting teams have admired our pitches and, more recently, the newly refurbished social facilities, but despite the best efforts of our volunteers, the changing rooms and showers have been something of a 'let down'. Our teams, both football and cricket, have performed well in recent seasons, making good progress through the county leagues and it was time for us to upgrade our changing rooms to reflect the standards of our teams. Now we can offer 'state of the art' facilities that will not only do the teams justice, but also incorporate the latest environmentally-friendly technology. This includes a heat-recovery system to minimise condensation, a 90% efficient boiler, double insulation in the roof and the equivalent of 'cavity wall' insulation built into the existing walls as well as low energy lighting throughout the building."

The project has received £84,700 funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund. Established in 2001, Viridor Credits has helped distribute over £80million to more than 4,000 projects like this one. Lisa Nelson, General Manager of Viridor Credits, said: "Bere Regis Sports Club now has changing facilities that reflect the recent successes of both the football and cricket teams. I admire the environmentally-friendly approach of the Club, and I am delighted that Viridor Credits was able to make such a contribution to a project that will make a real difference to the local community and the environment".


 The project also received £14,872 from the Football Foundation, £7,000 from Dorset County Council and a generous donation from the family of the late Mrs. Jessie Harvey. The rest of the money required to complete the project has come from club funds. "We are most grateful to all of our funders for their contributions and support, without which we would never have been able to get this off the ground." added the Chairman.

The changing rooms and showers are within the same building as the recently refurbished social area and the whole building will be named as 'The Jessie Harvey Pavilion', after the late Mrs. Jessie Harvey, a resident of Bere Regis for 20 years.

Jessie Harvey

Mrs. Harvey was a keen sportswoman and PE teacher in her working life, as well as an avid supporter of Leeds United and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. She maintained her keen interest in all sports, particularly cricket, until the end of her life in 2010 at the age of 92. It was therefore particularly appropriate that her three daughters, Angela, Diana and Jenny chose to donate a generous gift to the Sports Club in her memory, so as to encourage young people to participate in sport and the family are delighted that the club has decided to use the money on this project.

Jessie Harvey, of Shitterton Farmhouse, Bere Regis, (Di Ventham’s Mother), died on 6th April 2010 aged 92.  She was born Jessie Morris in Gildersome near Leeds in December 1917.  She went to Morley Grammar School where she excelled at sports and gymnastics. She gained her School Certificate and decided to become a PE teacher.

At the age of 18 she went down to London to train at Chelsea College of Physical Education, where she honed her skills as a superb athlete. Exceptionally, she was in the College Hockey First Team for all the 3 years and was Captain in both her second and final year. She was also in the Lacrosse Team in her second term having never played the game before.

She graduated from Chelsea and her first teaching job was in Workington in Northumberland in September 1939 where she met her husband to be who was also a PE teacher.  After the war they married, though her husband was now a regular army officer, so various postings at home and abroad followed. Whenever possible she continued to teach sports and PE.

She adored sports of all sorts, and was an avid Leeds  Football Club and Yorkshire Cricket supporter. She  watched Sky Sports until the day she died! She lived the last 20 years of her life here in Bere Regis. It was her daughters’ wish that she be remembered by a legacy to Bere Regis Sports Club, to encourage participation in the sports she loved all her long life.


The club worked in partnership with the Dorset County Football Association to secure a £14,872 grant from the Football Foundation. Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country's largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "This facility underlines the commitment the Football Foundation has to improving community access to quality local football facilities across the country. I commend Bere Regis Sports Club and the Dorset County F.A. for working tirelessly to make this vision become a reality."

Dorset County Council's contribution of £7,000 came from the Civil Society Budget. Christopher Scally, Joint Commissioning Manager at DCC said "Dorset County Council would like to thank Bere Regis Sports Club's volunteers for their time, effort and patience in delivering the Jessie Harvey Pavilion which will be valued and greatly appreciated by many people for many years."

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Bere Regis Sports Club revamp given £85k cash injection

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THE overhaul of Bere Regis Sports Club has moved a huge step closer thanks to a cash injection of almost £85,000.

The award, from Viridor Credits, means the club – a hub for sports and social meetings in the village – can move on to its next refurbishment phase.

Club officials have already seen the social area and bar refurbished – the latest grant means “solid plans” can be made for renovating the building’s ailing changing room area.

The club’s football side currently battles it out in Dorset Division One.

Spokesman Andy Kent said: “We’re so grateful for the Viridor Credits funding – it has been a huge help.

“We still need to raise another £25,000. It’s a pretty big task but we’re very optimistic and we’re exploring other fundraising avenues.

“Hopefully we can reach our target soon – then we can make a start.”

Once all the cash is in place the club will safely remove all the asbestos in the building and refurbish the roof and cladding.

Andy explained: “There will be new changing rooms, new showers – separate ones for each team – with more effective water and heating systems.

“The changing rooms will have disabled access and there will be referee and female referee changing facilities too.

“The new facilities will bring the club up to the next level of Football Association standards. If our football team is promoted from Dorset Division One to the Dorset Senior League, then we’ll be prepared.”

Viridor Credits general manager Lisa Nelson described the refurbishment as a good example of the kind of community project they like to support.

She added: “The finished refurbishment work will vastly improve the facilities for this sports club and will benefit everyone who uses and enjoys them.”


The Sports Club would like to thank Stuart Palmer (Plumber) who did the work for us on the new changing rooms.

This close family business, treats your project as if it was their own. Friendly, courteous, reliable and - most importantly - efficent, they caried out a major installation at our new changing rooms project with no fuss, Reacting to any problems in a pro-active manner.  The work included provision of new water supply, gas supply, boiler, storage They gave sound advice throughout and sourced quality materials to go along with their own high standards of workmanship.

Their website is