The JPC Working Group begins the King George’s Playing Field Project following overwhelming support from local Villagers.
The project business plan receives approval, fundraising begins, and the newsletter and poster campaigns get underway!
Barford Community Charity award a the first funding pledge with a grant of £30,000
Play area designs are obtained, the JPC visit 30 other similar sites to learn more, and the Joint Parish Council agrees to a series of public consultation exhibitions.
A year after commencing, the project's funding reaches £86,000 following a grants from Warwick District Council Rural Development Fund and Barford St. Peter’s Trust.
The project reaches the £100,000 milestone – a great day for everyone involved.
7th March 2015
The March Activity day brings together over 200 participants and locally raises £23,000.The event brings everyone together to support the playing field project. The day featured a local village breakfast, a charity walk and bike ride around the local area and a promises auction with some prizes going for over £1000!
Funding pledges reach £337,000 following grants from Sport England, Warwickshire County Council and further grants from Barford Community Charity and Barford St Peter’s Trust.
4th July 2015
The campaign has a stand to enjoy the British sunshine and raise funds, providing information and awareness to the community at the Barford School Fete.
31st August 2015
The residents of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton defied the summer rain and turned out in force for the Summer Fun Day, raising the final money needed to get King George's Field off the ground (quite literally!)
1st September 2015
The JPC is pleased to announce that the project has raised £450,000 of its £460,000 fundraising target - and construction work has begun!Read the press release here
28th April 2016
The final fundraising achieved £500,000 in total and the contractors finished all of their work after one of the wettest winters on record.
1st May 2016
The whole village enjoyed the “Have a Field Day “ Celebration event where over 700 locals came together to enjoy using the Field for the first time where netball, cricket, football , hockey , tennis and much more were enjoyed by all ages.
4th May 2016
The community hosted a visit by HRH The Duke of Kent who came along to formally re-open King George’s Field. In his speech he commented that it was the first time he had ever re-opened anything which his grandvfather had opened before him and he congratulated everyone for providing a fantastic community facility.
This has been a year of great challenges for Barford Sports Club and KGF. Firstly the Covid-19 crisis meant that our children’s play area, tennis, MUGA and outdoor gym had to be closed. The restrictions were only relaxed as we went into the summer and had new rules imposed to minimise virus spreading risks.
Also, at the end of the 2019-2020 season Barford United FC decided to relocate to and join Racing Club Warwick where there are more facilities, more teams and more back up services – we wish them well and hope to see them back for some training sessions. And finally we took the plunge and updated our website and booking system which became more current and user-friendly.