New Changing Rooms Opening
10th March 2012
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.
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.
Sports Club Chairman, Andy Kent, says:
"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.
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
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
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
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
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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Regis Sports Club revamp
given £85k cash injection
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
next refurbishment phase.
Club officials have already
seen the social area and bar
refurbished – the latest grant means “solid
can be made for renovating the building’s ailing changing
The club’s football
side currently battles it out in Dorset
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.
“There will be new changing rooms, new
showers – separate ones for each team – with more
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
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 www.stuartpalmerplumbing.co.uk