A trust deed dated 31st December 1938 governs the operation of the piece of land off the Tilston Road known as Malpas Recreation Ground
The Malpas Recreation Ground Trust was registered with the Charity Commissioners as a charity on 11th May 1971.
Responsibility for ensuring the terms of the trust document are upheld the Recreation Ground is currently vested in two Trustees.
The Trustees have the responsibility to:
1/ Hold the said premises (land) of Malpas Recreation Ground on trust to permit it to be appropriated for the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of Malpas and District aforesaid and in particular the children attending school as a non-sectarian and non-political place of recreation.
2/ Erect, alter and take down, buildings as the trustees think desirable and fit.
3/ Let all or part of the said land to any club person or persons upon any terms the trustees may think fit and from time to time permit all or any part of the premises to be used upon such terms and conditions and either payment or not as they think fit for entertainments, games, sports meetings or other purposes providing that there is not any undue interference with its use for recreational purposes.
The day to day business of the site is managed on behalf of the community by a management committee, which includes representatives of the Malpas Parish Council.
Committee members and officials are appointed annually at an Annual General Meeting usually held in July.
The trust deed provides for a management committee of 12 ordinary members, 3 of whom should retire on a rotational basis, although they are eligible for re-appointment.
All trustees and the management committee members give their time voluntary and receive no remuneration or other benefits from the trust
Play areas have been set aside and play equipment has been provided for the benefit of young and teenage children.
A Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) provides play space for football, basketball, and other similar ball games
Seating and waste bins provided for the benefit and use of all ages of the local community.
An area of the site remains free of equipment and reserved for attendees of the Malpas Alport Primary School to use for their weekly games period and their sports day events.
Maintenance of the play equipment, land surface and surrounding boundaries ensure the site remains in a reasonable safe and usable condition
The Recreation Ground has be used since 2012 to stage the Malpas Village Fair. Use of the site has been provided free of charge, with the Trustees and the Chairman of the Management Committee actively supporting the organisation of this important village event.
Equipment installed as part of an upgrade in June / July of 2014 proves to be popular with the village children and residents.
Attendance at and usage of the facility has vastly increased during the reporting period, with visitors coming from outside the immediate area.
As Malpas grows in size, the future strategy for the Recreation Ground is one of a village park providing recreation and leisure space for the local community.
A 12 monthly inspection, conducted to BSEN Standards, is undertaken by certified Inspectors.
In addition weekly inspections of equipment to check for vandalism is undertaken.
Hosting of Village Fair
The site has now completed its 5th year as the venue for the popular and well attended Village Fair.
The site is provided free of charge in line with the Recreation Ground's trust principles of supporting the residents of Malpas.
Once again with some careful planning by Committee Members and the exhibitors co-coordinator Christine Clegg, it was possible to accommodate the ever growing number of exhibitors.
Thanks must also go to the Trustees and the Management Committee for their involvement in a number of aspects of the site work before, during and after the day that contributed to make the fair a success.
For further information contact Chris on 01948 860333