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Community Recognition Statement – Cheltenham Recreation Club

6 May 2021

The Cheltenham Recreation Club has served the local community for over a century, beginning in 1912 when William Harris offered to donate two acres from his garden to establish “a bowling green for the Dads, a croquet lawn for the Mums and tennis courts for the children”.

The land was transferred to the newly incorporated club on 28 June 1913 which, since that day, has preserved a large area of green open space to provide leisure activities for the local community.

The club still offers tennis courts, lawn bowls and croquet as well as social functions. These facilities are also often made use of by local schools.

I was pleased to drop by recently and catch up with club chairman Colin Reid, as well as Paul Taylor and Robert Bain. They were kind enough to take me on a tour of the premises, explaining their plans for the future of the club to renovate and improve the café area, hall and kitchen facilities. I also met some delightful club members who gave me a crash-course in playing croquet.

My thanks again to Colin, Paul and Robert for your hospitality, and best of luck for the future.

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