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13 July 2019

A sparkling new community facility was officially unveiled on Saturday 13th July 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at the popular recreation ground in Butterwick Road, Fishburn, as part of an on-going programme of improvements to replace a tired old pavilion with brand-new changing rooms for players and officials.

The total cost of the project is just over £83,000 with Fishburn Parish Council investing £70,500 along with a £7,500 contribution from the Neighbourhood Budget of Durham County Councillors David Brown and John Robinson and £5,000 from Butterwick Moor Wind Farm Fund.

Ian Coverdale, a founder member of Fishburn Football Club, cut the ribbon with the Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council (Cllr. Andrew Pearson) and children from the local football teams, after work was successfully completed on schedule by local contractor East Durham Solutions Limited.

Andrew Pearson, Chairman of Fishburn Parish Council, said:

“There have been a number of requests for such a facility by local residents. To see the ribbon cut is an important milestone. The Parish Council believes public health is very important. We are investing in leisure facilities to encourage people to get out there, be fit and be healthy.”

Michele Barker, Treasurer for Fishburn Community Football Club, said:

“The Football Club and the Parish Council have joined forces in order to make the local players’ dream a reality. We now have this amazing sporting facility in Fishburn which will be well utilised by young people. It will be available for all the community to use and for local sporting organisations by arrangement.”

Fishburn Recreation Ground is owned by the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) and is leased to Fishburn Parish Council. The lease was originally for 30 years signed in 1962 and was re-negotiated in 1997 for a term of 125 years. There is one full size football pitch and the former cricket square is now marked out as a second small football pitch. The brick pavilion dating from the early 1960s is primarily used by Fishburn Community Football Club (FCFC). Fishburn Sports & Leisure Complex includes a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), bowling greens and football pitches. Improvement works include a kitchen, toilets, showers, and a large store room for equipment, replacement roof, windows, new footpaths, and access ramp. Further plans are also being drawn up to enhance the playing fields and improve the external appearance of the building.

For further information contact: The Treasurer - Fishburn Community Football Club - Telephone: 07973223275 e-mail: ma.cjbarker@gmail.com  

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