Alongside our many other responsibilities, the Parish Council owns and manages two key buildings in Eynsham. Both have been in need of attention for some time. Where are we up to now?
Something of a local landmark, what we refer to as the Bartholomew Room was built in 1701 and was originally called the Eynsham Market House. The Parish Council acquired the building in 1983 and used the space for meetings. Recently, we re-located to the Village Hall (where we also have an office) to provide a more accessible meeting venue and allow for renovations on the historic property.
This process has been lengthier and more expensive than anticipated. The condition survey was undertaken in 2018 and progress since then has been complicated by the discovery of new issues. But all work is now complete! We’ve replaced the majority of the Cotswold stone slates, increased the accessibility by creating a large toilet and kitchen on the ground floor, and redecorated the upstairs meeting space. We hope it will now serve our community well for many years to come.
A younger but no less beloved public building is Eynsham Sports Pavilion. Built in the 1970s, the building is on the cusp of a new era. We’re planning a complete re-build, creating a new Sports Pavilion better suited to our growing, active community.
Planning permission has been granted by the District Council for a two-storey building with function space for up to 270 people. It will contain improved changing facilities and a range of social spaces, including large and small halls, a kitchen and a balcony area for watching outdoor activities in comfort.
We are currently finalising our business plan to start fundraising. Funds are critical to this project; the expected cost is about £1.8 million and our Parish Council budget certainly doesn’t stretch that far! We’re establishing a working group to oversee progress, from fundraising to the finished product. If you’re interested in joining this group, please contact the Deputy Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org.