On 18th September, Cheddar Parish Council’s Sharpham Road playing fields received the award for Playing Field of the Year from Somerset Playing Fields Association, a registered charity whose aims are to help and support communities in the traditional county of Somerset and also north Dorset, to provide good quality outdoor recreation facilities. It was the first time Cheddar had entered the competition, and the council received the Healey Trophy from Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw. The trophy has in recent years been won by Churchill, Wedmore and Somerton.
Chair of the parish council’s Highways and Open Spaces Committee Cllr Martin Kay, said “It’s great to have received this award from the SPFA in recognition of this great facility we have here in Cheddar, and special thanks are due to everyone who helps to look after it, not least our groundsman Tom Pearce”.
With their Mendip Hills backdrop, Sharpham Road fields provide pitches for football, cricket and rugby, tennis courts, and a skate park. There is also a recently-installed childrens’ play area with additional outdoor fitness equipment. Because of their proximity to the Strawberry Line path and Cheddar Reservoir, the fields are also popular with dog walkers and runners, and they are on three of the local walking routes produced by Cheddar Walking.
Cllr Kay added “we’d love to enter again next year to defend our title, and if anyone has any suggestions for improving the facilities at Sharpham Road, please let the parish clerk know.”
The parish council received reports over the weekend that parts of the cemetery car park had been vandalised with graffiti sprayed over a number of the boulders marking the car park boundary and the new cycle gate.
Representatives from Cheddar Parish Council went to the site on Monday 4th September to ascertain the damage and any action that needed to be taken. The parish council’s contractor has been asked to clean the areas affected as soon as is practically possible.
The parish council would like to thank parishioners for their vigilance and ask that any incidents of this nature be reported so that remedial action may be taken.