Bayford on hand to open impressive new facility

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The miserable weather has played havoc with sport across the region but it won’t stop the action in Fareham.

More than 50 pétanque players from around the area have marked the opening of the newly-constructed French boule terrain.

The town’s mayor, councillor Susan Bayford, opened the recently constructed facility – the new home of Fareham Pétanque Club.

It was a great occasion for all who had fought hard to secure the future of pétanque in the area.

County councillor Geoff Hockley also attended the opening, along with councillor Connie Hockley, executive member for leisure and community at the council, and councillor Peter Davies, who represents Fareham North West.

The club – with more than 60 members – had played at the Limes public house, Catisfield, Fareham, for the past 30 years.

But they were made homeless earlier this year when their old venue was purchased for housing development.

After a great deal of searching and many false starts when looking for a new home, a suitable plot of land was found on Henry Cort Drive in Fareham.

The town council agreed and granted permission for the project that cost more than £15,000.

Funds were raised from several sources – Fareham Borough Council’s community funding programme agreed a grant of £4,999, Hockley made a contribution and club members either loaned or donated the additional funds to get the facility constructed.

Now there is a perfect new playing facility for this entertaining sport.

The club will use their new terrain every week – even during the winter months – as they play throughout the year.

Pétanque is a very social and enjoyable sport, suitable for all ages and abilities.

The Fareham Pétanque Club invite beginners or experienced players to come along on a Wednesday evening (7.30pm) to try out the new facilities.

They will provide equipment, advice and coaching if required.

The club will also ensure a warm reception for all those who attend.

For more details telephone 01329 829495 or 01329 843295.