Recreation Society

Walton le Dale Recreation Society

Walton le Dale Recreation Society

Registered Charity Number: 521341

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The Walton le Dale Recreation Society is a voluntary community charity committee that is democratically elected and is responsible for the maintenence of a community owned recreation ground. Walton le Dale Recreation Society are at present fundraising to replace the dilapidated sports pavilion with a community centre to combine both sport and a meeting place for the community;

Walton le Dale Recreation Society have already raised over £40,000 and have had plans drawn and accepted by the local authority. Walton le Dale Recreation Society hold 2 main events(bonfire night and a summer fete) throughout the year not only to raise funds but as a community gathering. Walton le Dale Recreation Society also hold smaller events throughout the year.

Walton le Dale Recreation Society are now looking for the funds to start to do the project either by match funding or sponsorship or donation of materials.


New community centre in the heart of Walton-le-Dale

After 13 years of fundraising, the doors are ready to open at the new community centre in the heart of Walton-le-Dale.

When a run-down, old sports pavilion at the Queen Victoria Recreation Ground off Higher Walton Road, in Walton le Dale, was deemed no longer fit for purpose, members of public joined together to form the Walton-le-Dale Recreation Society.

Their vision was to create a facility that could be used by community groups as well as sports teams in the local area, and could be hired out for functions throughout the year.

Despite several knock-backs, including falling victims to vandalism, the finishing touches have now been applied to the building, which is called The Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Facility.

The official opening took place on Saturday, March 22nd 2014, when the public took their first look round the venue.

“It’s taken a lot longer than we thought and there’s been a lot of hard work and stress, but we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved”, commented committee member June Bennett.

June added: “We were turned down for National Lottery funding at the very beginning because they didn’t think we were capable, so we’ve had to do it all ourselves.”

Members then set about organising fundraising events, such as bingo nights, firework displays and summer fetes. From their fundraising efforts, they raised £90,000, which was supplemented by £35,000 free labour and a further £90,000 in grants.

The building has been designed to a very high specification, which includes self-contained sports changing rooms and kitchen, a fully-equipped catering-standard kitchen with serving hatches, a main hall, a bowlers refreshment room with separate toilets that can also be used for meetings, and storage areas. The roof also overhangs the walls to create a sheltered seating area outside.

Committee member Andrea Ball said: “For over 10 years, we’ve had nowhere for the community to meet. The bypass splits this area in two, but this building will bring the two parts together again.”

For more information, visit:

Walton le Dale Recreation Society Committee


Information from a previous:
Walton le Dale Recreation Society Newsletter

The Recreation ground committee and sub­-committee put together a Lottery Bid to facilitate the upgrading of the Recreation ground to include a new Community Centre.  We know that few people in the village know about the history of the ground, so here are some interesting facts.

  • The ground is not owned by the council, but by the Community of Walton Le Dale.
  • The management of the ground is through a Recreation committee.
  • The Recreation ground and is a self-funding charity.
  • The recent development work on the picnic area was a lottery grant and not supplied by the council.
  • All money spent on the ground is financed through the income of rent charged to the local clubs who use the ground.

The councils only input is:

  • They cut the grass every three weeks.
  • They are 8 years through a 15-year lease to look after the childrens play area.

Walton le Dale Recreation Society Event

The main aim of this project is to make Walton le Dale recreation ground a focal point for the village, providing facilities for young and old all year round. This is the first major project that the Recreation Ground has undertaken in many years and the Committee is determined to make it a success.




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