The Cold Ash Recreation Ground is situated in Hermitage Road, on the same site as the village hall and the parish office. On the site there are two tennis courts and a toddler/junior play area as well as facilities for football and cricket.
The ground hosts the St Mark’s C of E Primary School’s annual fete and the yearly visit from Pelham’s Fair. Requests to hire the recreation ground should be made in writing to the parish office. Commercial events such as car boot sales are not be permitted.
Maintenance is regularly carried out on the grass surface, including weeding, re-seeding and deep-tyne aeration to facilitate the absorption of surface water. The hedgerows on the south and east boundaries are being restored/replanted in stages and we have recently planted 5 trees on the northern boundary for seasonal colour and blossom. Most of this work is carried out using money obtained by Community Infrastructure Levies paid for by Developers.
Dogs are welcome on the recreation ground but please consider others and clean up after your pet. There are several Dog Bins around the ground. Please also dispose of litter appropriately.
Horse riding, golf practice and motorbikes are not permitted on the recreation ground.
A defibrillator is provided on the side of the Parish Office. The access code will be provided by the call handler when you ring 999.
The play area is fully enclosed and there are seats and picnic tables on site.
Note: Please see our notice about the Children’s Play Areas Re-Opening.
Cold Ash Tennis Courts
Owned and maintained by the Parish Council, the two hard courts are used extensively by Cold Ash Tennis Club, whose details can be found on the Club’s website (see Community Groups).
Public access is allowed and is currently from 11.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday and 7.00pm to 10.00pm at weekends. A fee of £2.00 per player per hour is payable and the key can be obtained from the parish office during opening hours or by contacting The Tennis Club.
Note: Due to the Government’s Coronavirus restrictions, the Tennis Courts are open, but the following rules are in place:
– Max 2 people per court (unless players are all from same household)
– Only handle your own racket & personal (marked) tennis balls
– Only one to one coaching permitted
– Avoid changing ends or change at opposite side of net
– Maintain social distancing (2m rule) at all times
– Follow publish health guidelines for hygiene
– Please use sanitizer when using lock & gate.
– Payment to be left in Parish Office post box.
– Do not play if you have Covid-19 symptoms
There is a full size pitch on the site which accommodates two senior Sunday League teams. The clubs play under Contract with the Parish Council and changing facilities are negotiated separately with the Acland Hall Committee. Casual bookings are generally not permitted for the senior pitch to preserve the playing surface; however requests to play charity matches may be considered by the Council.
The artificial cricket wicket is owned by Cold Ash & Ashmore Green Cricket Club who play regularly throughout the summer months. See their website on the Community Groups page.