Table tennis effort aids pavilion fund

Suffolk Free Press
29 January 1970

A table tennis marathon recently run by members of Boxford Youth Club raised £136 and gave a flying start to a fund started in the village to provide sports facilities.

The target is £1,000 in 18 months. And any doubt that Boxford people are interested in the provision of recreational facilities was dispelled when more than 120 people attended a buffet supper in the Village Hall on Saturday.

The supper was organised by the Boxford Community Council in order to launch the appeal for money to help pay for the building of a pavilion on the Croft Recreational Ground.

The chairman of the community council, Mr. Ralph Tugman, explained that the aim of the 'get-together' was to keep the village informed of what the council had done, was doing and hoped to do.

Plaque Progress that has been made since the council was formed three years ago, he said, had been recognised by the award of a diploma in commemoration of the fact that the village had been placed second to Bardwell in the challenge trophy competition for the town or village in Suffolk which made the greatest contribution to sport in 1968.

Now that Boxford had two football pitches and a children's playground, the immediate aim was the building of a pavilion and the construction by voluntary labour, of two grass tennis courts so that the girls of the village could have somewhere to take exercise. These, he hoped, would be replaced by hard courts when funds were available.

Expansion Looking to the future and bearing in mind the inevitable expansion of Boxford, the council has obtained planning permission for the use of the adjoining field as an extension and there was every chance of a lease being offered to the council in the near future.

On the subject of finance, the chairman said that the target was £1,000 to be raised in the next eighteen months. This, with the considerable sum already accumulated would pay their share of the cost of the pavilion.

The youth club had started the ball rolling with a vengence and had raised £136 in one weekend by staging, on their own initiative, a table tennis marathon.

He paid tribute to the lads and expressed the thanks of the council to those who had sponsored them so generously.

A number of other money raising schemes were planned - a dance on March 14. an antiques evening "Going for a Song" on April 3. Target Golf on the Recreation Ground on April 18, a sweep on the Grand National, the "Little Ernie" and many other efforts.

The council was proud of its achievements, said Mr. Tugman, and was confident that they would hit the target, but still more help was needed if they were to reach all the objectives.

Mr Tugman was presented with a cheque by a member of the youth club and the audience showed its appreciation of the fine effort made by the boys.

Plans of the proposed pavilion and an artists impressino of what it would look like when completed were displayed and created a great deal of attention, and an architect gave a short explanation of its various features. He estimated the cost would amount to £4,750.

Extra Prize
During the evening the Little Ernie Draw was made with a special extra prize of £10. This was won by Mrs. V. Knott of Groton.

Other winners were Mrs. D. Skinner, Calais Street; Mrs I. King, Hadleigh Road; Mrs. C. Murphy, Brook Hall Road; and Mrs. L. Skinner, Homefield; Mrs. V. Cox, Homefield.

A raffle in the hall for a bottle of whiskey and other prizes ended in tragedy - the bottle was dropped before the party ended and the floor of the hall was soaked with 26oz of the best Scotch.

Mrs Joyce Saunders and helpers put on a buffet which in quality and quantity came up to the highest standards.

Table tennis effort aids pavilion fund