As some of you will know and to inform those who don’t, the Community Hall stands on the site of the original Brindle Parish Institute which was opened in August 1923. The land had been donated by Lord Chesham and the building constructed by voluntary labour and generous financial support from the locality. It was ‘a memorial to the self sacrifices of many including ex-servicemen and local ladies who had at their heart the development of a healthy socail spirit in the Brindle area’. The project started as a result of the men coming back to Brindle from the war, which claimed the lives of a least 16 men from the village, wanting ‘to fraternise as they had done in the trenches’.
This is a very start reminder of a strong and direct link between World War One and the current site and Hall, the Parish Institute and its successor buildings.
As a means of commemorating WW1, The Royal British Legion and Fields in Trust have led a nationwide initiative aimed at securing recreational spaces in perpetuity in honour of the millions of people who lost their lives. Both organisations have been working together to deliver the ‘Centenary Fields’ programme, which is to identifty and nominate recreational spaces which can be dedicated as a ‘Centenary Fields’ programme, which is to identify and nominate recreational spaces which can be dedicated as a ‘Centenary Field’ to commemorate this significant milestone in our history and create a tangible local legacy that will be valued by the local community for generations to come.
In essence, dedicating the Community Hall site as a ‘Centenary Field’ would protect the site for perpetuity, meaning that it would not be possible for the site or any part of the site to be disposed of, or altered significantly, and it would remain a place of recreation for ever. The mechanisn for this is by registering a deed of dedication with the Land Registry. The management and running of the site would remain with the local management team and the ‘Fields in Trust’ involvement is advisory and custodial only.
Our site had been visited and fulfils all the criteria, and the question about applying for ‘Centenary Fields’ status or not has been under consideration for two years. The Committee met twice with the Development Officer from ‘Fields in Trust’ most recently in October of this year and he has answered all our questions and concerns. After a great deal of sonsideration and informed discussion, over a long period of time, at its last Meeting in October, the Committee decided unanimously to ge ahead with an application for ‘Centenary Fields’ status.
The decision has been taken by the Committee and will be upheld. I am happy to deal with any queries or provide clarification. Relevant documentation will be displayed on the Hall notice board and if you want more information on ‘Centenary Fields’ please to to www.fieldsintrust.org. We would be willing to listen to any relevant, valid and strong objections, and these should be made to me by the end of January 2017 (email@example.com or call 01254 852044) when a formal application will be made. We hope the community will support our decision which we firmly believe is in its best interest.