Forward progress on improved sports pavilion in Holbeach Bank

Holbeach Bank Football Club players and officials at their end of season presentation in 2015.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG230515-139TW.
Holbeach Bank Football Club players and officials at their end of season presentation in 2015. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG230515-139TW.
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A major community effort has put Holbeach Bank Football Club well on the way to providing a refurbished sports pavilion for the community’s use.

The club faced closure nearly three years ago after the pavilion, built in the 1950s, was repeatedly broken into over a similar period.

But donations from businesses across the Holbeach area, including £8,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community project scheme, has allowed the club to reroof the pavilion and create a new community room for the village.

Committee member Dave Dickinson said: “A lot has happened in the last two years and we have a new roof, larger changing room and new lights.

“With the help of parish councillor Rachel Flood and several other people, we’ve had a complete kitchen and shelf unit donated to us as well.

“The help and support we’ve had from people has been unbelievable and two years after nearly pulling out of Holbeach Bank, the community has come on board and brought new life into the place.

The help and support we’ve had from people has been unbelievable and two years after nearly pulling out of Holbeach Bank, the community has come on board and brought new life into the place

Dave Dickinson, Committee Member, Holbeach Bank Football Club

“Hopefully, within the next two months, we should be completely finished and have a place that’s not only for the football club’s use, but the community of Holbeack Bank and the surrounding area as well.”

Plans to refurbish the pavilion were revealed by our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, in June 2014 when the cost of upgrading its three changing rooms, toilets and kitchen was put at a minimum of £90,000.

Coun Flood said: “The football club is doing the work because a lot of the players are tradesman and the pavilion has been stripped down, with the aim of turning in into a community building for everyone.

“The work is having an impact and there’s a very good feeling now in Holbeach Bank.”