An important proposal for consideration:

 An Important proposal from ECRC

 As I previously mentioned in the recent Chair’s update Edgworth Cricket and Recreation Club have been offered funds by the charitable arm of, specifically to develop an artificial grass pitch at the back of the Barlow. This is an important venture. Although instigated by ECRC, it has implications for the village and also for the Charity as a whole.  If the proposal finds favour the donation will come to the Barlow Charity and the new pitch will be on charitable land.  Because of this the Barlow will be hosting a consultation process in partnership with the ECRC so that the village and interested parties can express their opinion before the trustees make any decision whether to accept the proposal.

The following fact sheet from ECRC gives a more detailed picture of what the club proposes.  The public have an opportunity to consult the plans and talk to the representatives of ECRC on Saturday 23rd February in the Barlow Main Hall from 10.00am – 1.00pm.  There will be opportunities to give written feedback on the day. You may also respond by post to:

ECRC Proposal Consultation, The Office, Barlow in Edgworth, BL7 0AP

Please note the deadline for submission of comments is noon on Friday 1st March 

Thank you

C Waring

Chair Barlow Trustees

Artificial 3G Grass Pitch Proposal by ECRC

In addition to the £18,000 grant obtained from Virador, as previously announced for cricket training nets, Edgworth Cricket & Recreation Club have also secured funding, thanks to John and Sally Roberts, of £200,000 from the AO Smile Foundation to provide an artificial grass pitch on the   This pitch would be ‘3G’ and be predominantly used for football, but also could possibly be used for rounders, netball and bowling.  Please note that this surface is not suitable for the playing of tennis and funding is only available for a 3G grass pitch.  The funders who have significant experience of similar projects, consider earlier technology that claims to be suitable for many other sports to be an inadequate surface.  The funding would cover the entire cost of the project with no financial input from The Barlow charity currently or in the future.

The proposal, as it stands, is to place an artificial grassed area, with fencing and floodlights, approximately 52m x 30m that would be positioned on the current site of the tennis courts and part of the existing grassed mini football pitch to the east of the area occupied by the courts.  This would sit alongside the new cricket nets.

The tennis courts are in a poor state of repair and are rarely used.  Money would need to be invested to get the courts fit for purpose and to maintain them.  With the financial challenges facing them, the Barlow Charity is unable to do this at present.  Applications for funding from the Lawn Tennis Association have to be for a minimum of three tennis courts. There are already several well established tennis clubs within the area (Hawkshaw, Bradshaw and Eagley) within 2-4 miles so demand for another club would be limited.

It is envisaged the new area would be used on weekdays as follows:

9am – 4pm – available for local schools, Summer Sports Camps etc

4pm – 5.30pm – Available for ‘free play’ where local residents can turn up with their friends and families and can use the facility free of charge.

5.30pm -7.30pm – Turton Tigers Junior FC

7.30pm – 10.00pm – Turton FC or Private Hire

On weekends, the area would be used by Turton Tigers from 9am – noon. The facility would not be hired out whilst cricket is taking place on a Saturday or Sunday due to parking availability.

A lease would be required for ECRC from the Barlow Charity as the proposed pitch will be on charitable land. ECRC would operate the facility, generating a source of income for themselves and the Barlow Charity.  Hire charges, heavily subsidised for local groups, would ensure that the facility is maintained in first class condition for the long term and in our view would allow the Charity to continue to meet its charitable objectives regarding sport and recreational activity, to a wider section of the local community.

The proposal has unanimous backing from members of the ECRC Committee together with Turton Tigers Junior FC, Turton FC Edgworth Primary School.  There is an opportunity for local residents to comment on the proposal by post to

ECRC Proposal Consultation, The Office, Barlow in Edgworth, BL7 0AP

Please note the deadline for submission of comments is noon on Friday 1st March

 Dave Enright

Chair ECRC








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