Uley pavilion open to public after years in the making
VILLAGERS celebrated the completion of a long-awaited £200,000 sports pavilion.
More than 150 people came to look around the new Uley Playing Field Pavilion on Sunday, October 20.
A display inside the new premises showcased the best of Uley’s sporting past, present and future.
The previous pavilion was knocked down last year, but the new facilities have been in the pipeline since 1999 when the need for a modern replacement to the dated facilities became greater.
Wayne Fisher started the process in 1999 by launching a village lottery, raising £50,000 towards the new sports facilities over the next 10 years.
The fundraising continued in earnest with the establishment of The 2012 Project by a fundraising group attached to Uley Playing Field Trust three years ago.
The project was initially estimated to cost £150,000, but costs rose in the past year to £205,000.
Excavation following the demolition of the old building in November 2012 revealed that the ground beneath the site was much softer than expected and required more concrete for the foundations and last year's bad winter weather pushed costs up further.
Donations from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, Sport England – Places People Play and the Football Foundation, as well as from individuals, groups and firms in and around Uley, ensured the project's completion.
The Uley Playing Field Trust said they were very happy with the new facilities.
Trust secretary Tom Williams said: “We hope everyone will agree that the new pavilion is a most handsome enhancement of the Playing Field, which was bought by the village as a memorial to the men who lost their lives in World War Two.
“Our aim has been to create a valuable addition to Uley’s amenities, and we hope that all elements of the community will make use of it.”
The names of all donors will be recorded in the new pavilion in the future.