LOVER GREEN ASSOCIATION

History

Lover Green Association (LGA) was formed in 2012 when Redlynch Parish Council handed over the responsibility for running and maintaining the Green to a committee made up of volunteers from the community.  The trustees of LGA have signed a 50 year lease from the Parish Council.   Lover Green was formerly Lover & Redlynch Primary School playingfields.  When the school closed in 2006 the field was largely neglected, apart from periodic mowing, until it was acquired by the Parish Council and handed over to the community to manage.   Over the past few years we have achieved a huge amount with the help of the local community and many willing volunteers.  We secured a grant to purchase a mower and have held a number of fundraising events to raise funds to help towards the on-going maintenance costs, including a, ‘Lover’s Got Talent’ show, ‘Safari Supper’ and a ‘Pop up Punjabi’ restaurant in the village hall.  The biggest event in our calendar is 'The Lover Fayre' which is held on the first Saturday of July each year.  The event attracts people from far and wide and includes all the attractions of a traditional village Fayre.  In the evening, after the Fayre, we host a picnic with live music - you can't beat watching the sun set over the Green with a cold drink and live music!

Volunteer

We hold regular ‘Working Parties’ on a Saturday morning where over 30 men, women and children of all ages from the local community come along to the Green with various tools and set to work pruning, strimming and cutting which has resulted in a vast improvement to the Green.  We also obtain support and advice from a New Forest National Park Authority Ranger, Craig Daters, who attends our committee meetings and on his recommendation we have left areas of grass uncut and created beetle friendly woodpiles to enhance the biodiversity of the Green.  He is also assisting and advising us with the pond restoration project. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact the Secretary, Mar Copp, on mar-mar100@live.com.

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POND RESTORATION 2016
POND CONSTRUCTION 1994

News Update

We have recently planted a sapling hedge along the boundary fence of the pond (click here for a Pond Restoration update) – many thanks to all the helpers, in particular ‘Treemenders’ Andy who donated and planted much of the hedge for us.  Also thanks to ‘the Woodland Trust’ for the saplings they donated. Over the coming years this hedge will fill out so we can remove the existing fence.  The Parish Council have also given us a grant to buy a hedge trimmer and pole pruner which will mean we can ‘manage’ the trees.  We have also received free packs of wild flower seed for the pond area and the back end of the Long Jump pit.  As a committee, we ask that if you would like to plan something on the Green that you keep in touch with us.  We simply wouldn’t wish a Teddy Bears Picnic party to clash with tree pruning!  Finally - Dogs are not allowed on the Green.  Please can we spread the word and keep an eye out.  Whoever is walking their dog on the Green and leaving its mess on a regular basis for the very small team of volunteers to clean up please STOP.  As well as being unpleasant it poses a significant health risk all the children who regularly play on the Green. Thank you.

Lover Country Fayre 2017: 

Planning for the Lover Country Fayre on Saturday 1st July 2017 will commence soon, so please save the date.  It will be a fantastic day rounded off with the evening concert and picnic.  

Stalls:  bookings are now being taken.  If you would like to book a stall please email Rachel on will.merrett@btopenworld.com (01725 513658).  Helpers:  On the afternoon of Friday 30th June and all day on the 1st July we have a considerable requirement for helpers.  If you could do a shift on the parking, the raffle, the Bar etc then please contact either Robin Mcgowan on robin.mcgowan@icloud.com (01725 510034) or Paul Bromage on paulbromage@hotmail.co.uk (01725 510753).  Many thanks for all your support!

COMMITTEE

  Chairman: Dave Charles
  Treasurer: Peter Harper
  Secretary: Mar Copp
  Committee: Dave Bennett
     Paul Bromage
     Kate Budworth
     Andrew Harris
     Rachel Jones (Sports Rep)
     Robin McGowan.

  

DONATE

  To make a donation or
  set up a regular payment
  towards maintenance costs
  contact the Treasurer,
  Peter Harper at
 
 
 
Sport on the Green

Once again thanks to Lover Green for hosting the Summer athletics group – over the Monday and Tuesday evening approx 30 athletes attended training.  The Summer Season on the Green is only the tip of the iceberg for many of these athletes. Throughout the year they all compete for their schools, many have joined New Forest Juniors Athletics club where the opportunities for competition stretch even the most talented of athletes and the calmest of parents.  As part of my wider responsibilities, I  was delighted to be asked by Wiltshire Athletics Association  to select and manage the Under 13 Boys Cross Country county team who would compete at National Level.  Of the 8 boys I selected, 3 were locals from ‘Lover Green’;  Sam Butt, Bertie Pettit and Robert Jones .  This year,  I will also select and manage the girls team and you know where I’ll look first!  Thanks for all your support – particularly for the waves and smiles as we venture for longer runs on the Lover Roads and the gentle swerving of your car to avoid a meandering exhausted athlete.

For other sports, we have secured some funding to purchase an outside Table Tennis table.  I am always amazed to hear the range of athletes who use Table Tennis as both a warm up activity and as key activity to develop hand/eye coordination,  It’s low impact so it is great for all ages.  We also have on loan from the RVH Youth group an indoor Air Hockey table, another Table Tennis table and a  small Pool table.  All of these are in the Old School Building and we will look to use them during the community gatherings in the building. Strengthening our bonds with the local schools, Morgans Vale School plan to use Lover Green for a mini soccer club on a Thursday after school and they may wish to extend this to low level PE during the school day.  We feel that both of these groups should have a low impact on  general usage of the green.

Finally, I am delighted that the plan to purchase the building has come together this year. I know lots of athletes who will be delighted of a dry space on wet training days and the luxury of a loo and a hot chocolate.  In support of the Building (yet to be named!) the Lover Community Trustees are planning a Lover 5km Run / Jog / Walk on Sunday the 12th of February 2017 starting on the green  at approximately 2pm.  Adverts calling you to sign up as a runner / jogger / walker will be out soon.  I will also be gathering names for marshals and cake makers – as we know, no run would be worth the effort if it wasn’t for the promise of cake.  Please save the date.   

Yours in Sport,

Rachel  Jones

September 14, 2016