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  • If you didn't manage to get there on 26th Jan

On Saturday 26th January 2013 while snow on was still the ground the sports organisations that use the recreation ground held an Open Day to tell the village what they do in the hope and expectation that it would encourage more to join them. Around 100 people passed through the pavilion during a busy 2 hours. If each of the 100 visitors told another 4 about the day 400 people will have heard about what goes on at the recreation ground and the Open Day will have been a success.
It is intended that every Saturday there will be a sports activity at the Recreation Ground for juniors and refreshments in a warm pavilion for the parents.
If all the kids in the village cry out ‘I want to go to the recreation ground’ on a Saturday morning we will be succeeding in our vision of having the sports organisations in the village being well supported, thriving and successful.
·         a3rcg, a road cycling group demonstrated one of their ‘turbo’ training sessions, for 2 hours 4 riders pedalled continuously alongside a video of one of their training runs in France.
·         There were several enquires about Bridge. There are already two busy clubs that use the pavilion, if there is enough interest another can be formed. If you are interested; ring Geoff Howe (01428 653443).
·         The traditional sports of stoolball, cricket, football and tennis had plenty of opportunity to share their activities and plans with the visitors, signing up several new members and identifying a number of juniors who would like some coaching.
·         Regular sessions for junior football will run from 2nd March through until 27th April, followed by junior cricket from 4th May until 14th September. All sessions will be run by fully qualified coaches and start at 10:00.
·         Such was the interest in Fernhurst in Training (FiT) that the group met for the first time on 16th February at the recreation ground. If you would like to join them you are most welcome, either turn up at 10:00 on a Saturday or ring Adam Burger (07788181215) for further details.
·         The Golf Society, open to all villagers and those that have represented the village in the past at one of the sports; will play 4 times during the summer.
Visit www.frgt.org.uk or send an email to sports@frgt.org.uk to find out more and register your interest in any of the sports or junior sessions. Registering your interest will mean that you will be sent an occasional newsletter about what is going on at the Recreation Ground.

Why hold the Open Day

The Open Day was held to provide a forum at which the organisations that use the recreation ground and pavilion could present their clubs with a view to finding new players, juniors to coach and develop; and people who are willing to give up some of their time to help run the clubs and perhaps become coaches.

If enough interest is shown, and we expect there to be, the intention is to provide coaching and fitness sessions at the recreation ground every Saturday regardless of the weather with the kettle on in the pavilion for the parents while they watch and chat. Afterwards some refreshment for those that have taken part in the sessions will be provided. In this way it is hoped that Fernhurst Recreation Ground will become a place for families to come on a Saturday morning to ‘play together’ and hopefully have fun.

From these Saturday sessions the clubs will be hoping to enthuse folk to join one or more of the teams and help Fernhurst sports reach the heights achieved by the teams of yesteryear. If you look through the photos on the pavilion walls you will see the village was successful at cricket, football and stoolball. How many cups did the football team of the 1920’s win?

Before you go would you mind leaving your details, areas of interest and any feedback you think appropriate?  The information you provide will be shared by the sports organisations here today and the Trust. At some point in the not to distant future we will let you know more about what is happening during the year.


Four or more years ago the Trustees of Fernhurst Recreation Ground with the support of the village sports clubs and local councils embarked upon a programme to improve the sporting and leisure facilities available at the recreation ground. To date the following has been achieved,

-          Rebuilding of the tractor and equipment shed

-          Construction of 3 tennis courts

-          Refurbishment of the pavilion

-          Building of a new football pitch

Next and well underway is the building of permanent cricket nets with a bowling machine. There is a ‘vision or plan’ to extend the pavilion and improve its looks but that is probably several years away.

With the new facilities in place it is appropriate to move the emphasis to the development of the clubs themselves, for instance; increasing the membership, providing coaching for all ages and introducing extra teams (male, female, junior and veterans).


From the Midhurst & Petworth Observer

From the Haslemere Herald



Didn't Make It?

Whether you visited the Open Day or have found your way to this page on the website to find out more about what is being offered at Fernhurst Recreation Ground is does not matter as this is a good place to be.

If you like what is on offer at Fernhurst Recreation Ground and would like to register your interest you can do so in one of the following ways.

Send an e-mail to sports@frgt.org.uk. The sort of thing we would like to know are,

  • Who you are and your contact details.
  • Who in your family is interested, in what, their gender and ages.
  • Whether or not you would be willing to help organise, coach or whatever.
  • Ideas you may have to improve what is being offered.

Using good old fashioned pen and paperwrite down the information as in an e-mail (above) then send it to;


Sports Open Day, c/o Graham Heath,

Sopers Cottage, Hogs Hill,

Fernhurst, Haslemere

GU27 3HX

Phone 07802 151627 leaving a phone number so that you can be contacted later.