What is The Herdman Association and what does it provide for the local community?
Just a little bit of history first...
...Nearly one hundred years after the death of the benefactor to the Herdman Bequest, Arthur Widdrington HERDMAN, who was killed in action at the very beginning of the First World War 1914-1918, the Pavilion was built in 2012-13. This building is the culmination of local fundraising events, considerable effort from local volunteers and contractors and the financial support of Ewhurst Parish Council. It was officially opened to the public on 27 July 2013 by Rother District Council Chairman, Councillor Ian Jenkins supported by Brigitte Fifield, Chair of Ewhurst Parish Council, the Trustee of The Herdman Bequest charity.
What does the Herdman Association provide for the local community?
The Herdman Pavilion and Field is now home to The Herdman Junior Cricket Club and Westfield Football Club, supporting boys and girls aged 6 to 11 years of age. It is also a community hub for residents of Ewhurst Parish: Ewhurst Green, Staplecross and Cripps Corner. The facilities include a modern sports pavilion and a recreation field available for hire for sporting and fitness classes, social events including children's birthday parties, table sales, charity lunches, local society meetings etc, all at a very attractive hire charge.
We have a Premises Licence for the sale of alcohol and a modern kitchen which makes it a popular venue for charity events such as the biennial Village BBQ on the field and our quiz nights, which are hugely popular. Your support of the Association - by hiring the facilities, coming to quiz nights, attending one or more fitness classes or bringing your children and grandchildren to join in the cricket and football - provides much-needed funds to maintain the building and the field. Our committee members are all volunteers who give their time to ensure this facility is maintained to a high standard and available for everyone, particularly the younger generation, to use in these days of cutbacks and reduced sporting venues.
Over 2015, the field underwent major works to install drainage and levelling. This means better playing conditions for the Football Club and the introduction of The Herdman Junior Cricket Club with cricket coaching for children under 12 years of age every Saturday 10-12 during the school summer holidays 2017 for which a number of enthusiasts have already signed up.
Please come along and view the facility - contact details are available on this website and on the noticeboard outside the Pavilion.