Community appeal for Dacre’s pavilion

The new pavilion at the Max Pullan Playing Fields in Dacre (s)
The new pavilion at the Max Pullan Playing Fields in Dacre (s)

A Nidderdale village has a brand new pavilion after residents and sports club members raised enough money to replace 75-year-old facility.

The pavilion at the Max Pullan Recreation Ground at Dacre Banks has been pulled down and completely rebuilt.

The old pavilion was built in 1937 but had come to the end of its useful life and has been demolished and replaced by a fine new building.

The new pavilion has been provided by the Dacre and Hartwith Playing Fields Association, a charity that owns the Recreation Ground.

It has been paid for by the charity together with the Parish Councils of Dacre and Hartwith-cum-Winsley and the three sports clubs – cricket, tennis and bowls – that regularly use the ground. A grant from the Yorkshire Dales LEADER programme completed the funding required.

But there is still a lot of work to be done before the pavilion can be put into use. The funds available were only enough to demolish the old pavilion and build the new, and did not allow the new building to be equipped internally.

Now the clubs are appealing for members of the local community to help finish the job by providing fixtures and fittings, and skilled labour, to complete the project in time for next spring.

Then the building will provide a facility available for use by the community, as well as a much needed home for the sports clubs.

The old pavilion was pulled down at the beginning of October this year, but kept its link to a local First World War hero by retaining the name of the site.

Max Pullan was the son of a local landowner who donated the land for the playing field in after the young man was killed in action.

A new commemorative wooden plaque was erected in Max Pullan’s memory at the playing field this year.

Anyone who can help with work on the new pavilion can contact Mel Welch, treasurer of Dacre and Hartwith Playing Fields Association, on 01423 780970.