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High hopes to tackle £8k rugby club plan

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

Youth worker Delroy Ellis and Reg Daldry, coach and manager of Tredworth RFC

Youth worker Delroy Ellis and Reg Daldry, coach and manager of Tredworth RFC

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YOUNG rugby players in Tredworth need to raise more than £8,000 so work can begin on planning and eventually building a new club house.

Tredworth Rugby Club needs to raise an initial £8,000 for the planning application, design and council and solicitors fees.

The community will also be able to benefit from the new facilities, which will be named the Tredworth Rugby Football Community Club, as the aim is for it to serve players, but also youngsters and the nearby residents.

They will be able to hire out the hall, which will be based at the ground at The Lannet, King Edwards Aveune.

Managing director Reg Daldry said: “We will also apply for grants from sporting charities such as Sport England. We want the clubhouse to also be used as a community space, so events and resident meetings can take place there. We had a meeting with residents last year, more than 12,000 people are supporting the idea and we only had 23 objections.

“There is a need for this in the area, youngsters have nowhere to go since the youth centre, Star 66, closed.

“At the moment the club has a building which is used as changing rooms but it needs repairing. It is a hazard, because it leaks.”

The plans include two main halls for meetings and fitness classes, two bars, showers and a venue hall for weddings and small functions.

The club, which was founded in 1904, has been searching for a solution for years and in 2001, when the club was under threat to its existence, members held an emergency meeting where a decision was made not to fold the club. But the changing rooms roof, built in the late 1980s, has had problems for at least 10 years.

Mr Daldry said: “Once the weather is better we can start to organise community and sport events. The new club will also be open to people who want to run classes such as zumba, crèches or general fitness classes.

“This is a deprived area so the club house is a massive piece to the jigsaw.

“Delroy Ellis is also supporting the campaign and is keen to run his office from here.”

Pat Scannell, chair of the Tredworth Estate Tenants and Residents Association is supporting the idea.

He said: “It is fantastic that they still want to go ahead, they have been trying for so long to raise the money for the new clubhouse. I wish them the best.”

To make a donation, contact the club on info@rezign.co.uk.

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  • greyhounds  |  February 23 2014, 11:36AM

    Hi Kay, Just think it makes sense if called Tredworth Rugby club it should be homed in Tredworth. Prehaps combining this with Parry hall issues might have been an idea. I would like something in my area but this is the views of residents in and around the immediate area and I respect their concerns. As for the riding arena, this is nothing to do with me, as I run the Linden residents association, so not in my area .I am not a councillor so cannot comment on this subject.

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  • greyhounds  |  February 23 2014, 11:24AM

    whilst in theory I agree with you that Linden needs some facilities and the changing rooms on the Lannett need updating, and residents I am sure would agree, it is as said before all the other activities that is their concerns. when an event was held before apparently there was rubbish left behind. A petition was circulated by residents when this idea was brought forward last time and a few pages of signitures were collected. May I suggest perhaps a meeting at the Lannett with the residents. I have had many contact me since your latest article in the citizen .Just a thought could anything be done with Parry Hall.whilst on the subject I support Delroy with his Quest to keep Parry going for the kids.

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  • mrstraight  |  February 10 2014, 7:05PM

    hi Lyn I am still waiting for your answers. you seem to have all the great ideas and facts.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 10 2014, 6:40PM

    So, Lyn, just whereabouts in Tredworth do you think there is room for a rugby football club? Linden has far more open space. And another thing - why do your party's councillors support the building of a riding arena on some of the small amount of open space that Tredworth has?

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  • mrstraight  |  February 06 2014, 6:38PM

    can you tell me were the other possibility of a community centre might be in the area please, as I am a resident and I haven't been informed.

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  • mrstraight  |  February 06 2014, 5:44PM

    only a few residents lyn, more are for it and the youth is missing out on every day things. in there face, it will be more than 100 metres away from the nearest house. noise and mess ????

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  • greyhounds  |  February 05 2014, 11:35PM

    on behalf of my residents in and surrounding area.Yes this issue was brought to a Linden residents meeting.Resident's do not want this built in their face on this site, with all the reasons spoken about at the time, which appear to be being ignored. Views from them is if Tredworth want a club let them keep it in Tredworth. They say that All the noise and mess would be to upsetting for them. A petition was collected at the time and is ready and available with other info.Whilst I agree the need for a community club and have been looking into the possibilities, this does not appear to be the right place. Lyn Ackroyd (Linden resident's Association chair person)

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  • mrstraight  |  February 05 2014, 10:32PM

    hi claire , i do live in linden and the point i was making is we are the only of part Gloucestershire without a community club and rugby facility, we have been going for 110 years now and its a massive part of tredworth/barton and linden. My comment about deprived was not aimed at the area it was aimed at the lack of facilities we have. 1 the residents don't have a nothing or nowhere to meet, 2 the kids do not have a youth club, after school clubs. And no indoor facilities when the weather is poor.When we train on a tues and thurs night we have about 3 to 7 kids wanting to join in with us, but the cant as we dont have the correct insurance and the building is unsafe. We want to get the local kids playing more sports and involve them in things. I hope none of the residents took offense to my comment as i am not trying to make enemies, It will help all of us out and i think it would be great for the area.

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  • ClaireZigiy  |  February 05 2014, 8:22PM

    What reason does Mr Daldry have for saying the area is 'deprived'. I take it he doesn't live there? Great idea about the clubhouse but he won't be making local residents very happy by calling the area deprived!

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  • Richardburton  |  February 04 2014, 9:27PM

    City farm got some money from the Wooden spoon (Rugby charity) Might have to get a nag and say you want to open a training area for Nags so that the players can see all the field! contact local councillors and the MP then do companies ask Glos Rugby etc. All the best, i am still waiting to see what has happened to Matson Rugby club roof! Perhaps you also need to contact the other rugby clubs to see if they could help?

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