Fields In Trust
Fields In Trust (FIT) was founded by our namesake King George V in 1925. Starting as the National Playing Fields Association, the charity helps to ensure that all Brits have access to free, local outdoor spaces for sport and recreation, helping to build healthy and happy communities.
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Then & Now
Through World Wars and two monarchs, King George’s Fields has stood the test of time – please go ahead and look through its chaotic history below.
Then take a look at the fundraising effort so far and the success we’ve achieved – and please check back to see when we’ve reached new milestones!
With thanks to the Barford Heritage Trust for the large majority of the riveting history on this page. Thanks to the village for pulling together to open a new chapter in our community sports area, and thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.
The first attempt to purchase the land for recreational use by Lord Warwick is unsuccessful following letters of objection by influential villagers.
To celebrate the coronation of King George, the King George V Jubilee Trust Fund is established to turn the land into a playing field.
"The parish meeting approves of the Parish Council’s recommendation that the field known as Chesland Piece be acquired as a playing field for the parish”
“A committee was formed to formulate plans for the festivities.”
Passed resolution of the Parish Council, Leamington Spa Courier, 6th November 1936
The Duke of Kent opens the King George V playing field.
The Meeting was postponed for a week as the Duke was standing in at a Norwegian Royal Funeral after the Duke of Gloucester broke his collarbone.
“At Barford the Duke will officially open the King George V Memorial Playing Field by a cord fastening the gate, and by unveiling commemorative panels. The Field was acquired by the Parish Council as a memorial to the Duke’s father”
The Leamington Spa Courier , 25th November 1938
The site of the playing field was ploughed to produce food on the home front, and returned to use following victory in 1945.
The JPC Working Group begins the King George’s Playing Field Project following overwhelming support from local Villagers.
The project business plan receives approval, fundraising begins, and the newsletter and poster campaigns get underway!
Barford Community Charity award a the first funding pledge with a grant of £30,000
Play area designs are obtained, the JPC visit 30 other similar sites to learn more, and the Joint Parish Council agrees to a series of public consultation exhibitions.
A year after commencing, the project's funding reaches £86,000 following a grants from Warwick District Council Rural Development Fund and Barford St. Peter’s Trust.
The project reaches the £100,000 milestone – a great day for everyone involved.
The March Activity day brings together over 200 participants and locally raises £23,000.The event brings everyone together to support the playing field project. The day featured a local village breakfast, a charity walk and bike ride around the local area and a promises auction with some prizes going for over £1000!
Funding pledges reach £337,000 following grants from Sport England, Warwickshire County Council and further grants from Barford Community Charity and Barford St Peter’s Trust.
The campaign has a stand to enjoy the British sunshine and raise funds, providing information and awareness to the community at the Barford School Fete.
The residents of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton defied the summer rain and turned out in force for the Summer Fun Day, raising the final money needed to get King George's Field off the ground (quite literally!)
The JPC is pleased to announce that the project has raised £450,000 of its £460,000 fundraising target - and construction work has begun!
Read the press release
The final fundraising achieved £500,000 in total and the contractors finished all of their work after one of the wettest winters on record.
The whole village enjoyed the “Have a Field Day “ Celebration event where over 700 locals came together to enjoy using the Field for the first time where netball, cricket, football , hockey , tennis and much more were enjoyed by all ages.
The community hosted a visit by HRH The Duke of Kent who came along to formally re-open King George’s Field. In his speech he commented that it was the first time he had ever re-opened anything which his grandvfather had opened before him and he congratulated everyone for providing a fantastic community facility.
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Mark Griffin - Fundraising and Project Leader
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John Murphy - Contractors , Finance & Project Management
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Peter Wilson and Bob Jordan - Bench and Picnic Table Sponsorship
Tony Baker and Paul Harris - Club Membership and Amenities
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Wendy Barlow, Roger Clay and Harry Gadsden
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