Parking Restricted @ Rec

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Building work on the new pavilion will be in progress from December 2021 – Oct ober 2022.

During this time the public may continue to use the car park, but availability will be restricted and occasionally it may be closed altogether.

Please do not move any cones or tape marking unavailable areas.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Fireworks @ Rec

Most of us enjoy a few fireworks on 5th November or for a celebration at other times. Unfortunately the noise made by them often disturbs animals; horses, dogs, cats for instance. Those that walk around the Recreation Ground after dark for pleasure or to exercise their pets can reasonably expect for it to be a firework free walk.

The trustees would remind anyone considering using the Recreation Ground that it is a public space and the law says;

  • You must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
  • You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
    • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
    • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Dog killed fleeing from fireworks.

Dogs and Trading At Rec


Use of the recreation ground for gain requires the consent of Fernhurst Recreation Ground Trust whether or not the person or organisation is from within the parish. An application for permission can be made directly from this website using the CONTACT page.


Fernhurst Recreation Ground is included in the PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTON ORDER – DOG CONTROL 2020 approved by Chichester District Council, effective as of 6th October 2020.

Relax at the Rec

The Green Cafe is open all weekend, accessed from the patio doors near the tennis courts.

Everyone is welcome to come down, enjoy the sun and know that any cake or ice cream is consumed in a good cause as some of the profits go towards Pavilion 2022.

Go on, you’ve earned it!

Opening hours are,

Wed – Fri – 8am – 4pm  / Sat – 9am – 5pm  / Sun – 11am – 3pm

Coronavirus – Update

Following government guidance this week, 16th March 2019, the trustees have closed the pavilion until further notice.

As soon as the the guidance changes the trustees will re-evaluate the situation.

Velo South use of the recreation ground car park


We, the Trustees of the Fernhurst Recreation Ground were not consulted on the decision to run Velo South, which was permitted by the proper, democratically-elected authority, WSCC. We replied positively to the request for the use of our car park as a pit-stop, as the absence of one could have resulted in unacceptable nuisance in the village and along the route of the event, which would have taken place either way. The money sought to meet our expenses and inconvenience was not a significant factor in our decision, which was also agreed by the Fernhurst Sports Clubs’ representatives. Other events at the recreation ground, that would have struggled to have occurred at the same time as Velo South, were postponed to new dates with the agreement of the clubs.

As Trustees, it is not our business to declare approval or disapproval of Velo South, the organisation of which was the responsibility of others. Our responsibility is to assist local sporting activity, which is why we, in partnership with the sports clubs, have already raised over £225k for new tennis courts, cricket nets and a football pitch in recent years, reviving the fortunes of the sports clubs in the process. Indeed, it is that continued concern for sports activities and the youth of Fernhurst that is motivating the Trustees, and many others, to voluntarily donate hundreds of hours to provide a pavilion fit for our young – and one for the village to be proud of for the next 50 years.

We believe that it is this cause that should bring our community together, not divide it. So, we encourage those villagers who have not yet participated in Pavilion 2022 to join us in this constructive initiative for our community at Pavilion 2022 crowdfunding page.

New website

Welcome to our new modern website replacing the previous one that was really only meant to be a stop gap. It lasted 5 years.

Let us know whether or not you managed to find the information you were after.