Community Facilities

 

Topic Paper Community Facilities

The intention of this topic paper is to inform residents feedback on the community facilities in the Parish of Tatsfield.

An overview of the Parish Context

Buildings and Outdoor Spaces - The parish of Tatsfield offers a vast range of community facilities including a wide range of buildings and outdoor spaces including;

Parish Rooms for hire

Allotments & Community Garden

Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

Footpaths, access to countryside      

Scout Hall for hire

Bluebell wood + other similar spaces

Village Hall for hire and predominantly used by Little Acorns Preschool                                          

Ye Old Ship Pub

WI Hall for hire and WI meetings

The Bakery Bar & restaurant

Westmore Green inc. playground, sports equipment and trim trail

 

School inc. hall and field

464 and 595 Bus service (facilities)

Furze Corner – Football & Cricket sports ground and clubhouse

Village Shop & Post Office                          

St Mary’s Church & Millennium Hall for hire

Tatsfield Social Club                                    

 

    

                         Tatsfield Village Hall                                                           Tatsfield Allotments

Clubs & Societies - There are also a range of Clubs & Societies on offer including, (this list is not exhaustive);

Horticultural Society

Art Groups

Tatsfield Rovers Juniors

Table Tennis

Not So Young Club

Short Mat Bowls

Women’s Institute

Scouts and Beavers

Fairtrade Group

Community Responders

Tatty Knitters

Tatsfield Bridge Club

Vern Group

Tatsfield Singers

Tots on Top Toddlers Group

Badminton Group

Forget Me Not Cafe

Tatsfield Cricket Club

              

Events

In addition to these there are range of annual or regular events held in the village, these include;

Tatsfield Scout Fair

Tatsfield School Fair

St Mary’s Flower Festival

St Mary’s Church Sunday Teas

Tatsfield Art Group exhibitions

Horticultural Shows

Pop up Cinema

Tatsfield Singers Shows

North Downs Sinfonia concerts

Village Green Christmas Singalong

The Bakery Quiz

Parish Council Quiz

Fundraising events for LA Preschool    

Tatsfield School Beer Festival

Vern Quiz

Fairtrade Tea Tents

 

             St Mary’s Flower Festival 2017

 

                  

     Tatsfield School Beer Festival 2017                                         Tatsfield Art Exhibition 2017

Planning constraints/designations –

 

Community Facilities SWOT Analysis –

The SWOT Analysis highlighted the wide range of facilities offered in the parish and the residents spoken to were positive and pleased with the variety of facilities and wanted to protect the diverse range of activities on offer.

Most families were involved in at least one of the organisations and utilised at least one of the spaces for hire on a regular basis for parties, meetings, clubs and events.

The issues – Feedback highlighted 2 main areas which caused concern for the residents.

  1. Lack of Medical Facilities - people need to go to Westerham or Biggin Hill to see their GP. This is difficult for the elderly and young families with no transport or limited mobility to use the bus service.
  2. Lack of use of Furze Corner Sports Ground and Clubhouse - often viewed as "too far" from the centre of the village although a pathway exists past the Scout Hut. Limited input and support from the community, and reliance on the few to maintain the grounds and clubhouse.

The way forward -

Solutions to address issues –

  1. Lack of medical care in the parish - Winterton Surgery and Stock Hill surgery approached to ascertain if a satellite service can be reinstated in Tatsfield. Aileen McHugo building could be used when rooms become available.
  2. Lack of use of Furze Corner Sports Ground and Clubhouse - Development and take-over of Furze Corner into Community/Youth Centre. This includes place for the elderly, youth centre, satellite medical surgery and any other opportunities – language lessons, fitness sessions etc. Scope for redevelopment and extension of the clubhouse to accommodate new clubs and societies.

 

Information to receive feedback on

  1. The impact on the residents of a satellite surgery within the parish offering accessible medical service.
  2. The potential for increased use of Furze corner to solve 2 issues:
    1. The lack of use and ongoing maintenance of the grounds and clubhouse.
    2. The limited facilities for the teenage residents of the parish, making the village more attractive for younger families.