New north Leeds pavilion is worth the wait

Bramham Sports Pavilion Committee members Lin Tritshchler, Rochelle Page and Val Whitbread, with three-year-old Thomas Page. PIC: James Hardisty.
Bramham Sports Pavilion Committee members Lin Tritshchler, Rochelle Page and Val Whitbread, with three-year-old Thomas Page. PIC: James Hardisty.
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Villagers will tomorrow (April 25) celebrate the official unveiling of a project which has been in the pipeline for more than four decades.

The new Bramham pavilion at Freely Lane cost around £250,000 and boasts changing rooms, a meeting room and kitchen for locals to use.

It is also the clubhouse for Bramham Football Club, so its completion meant the end of three years’ ground-hopping for its teams.

Residents are celebrating with a fun-packed afternoon, which will kick off at noon when Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn cuts the ribbon.

Val Whitbread, chairman of Bramham Parish Council, said: “This is something that has been talked about for decades.

“It hasn’t all gone smoothly but we have finally got to where everybody wanted to be.

“With the new playground now open on the field the whole area is a great family-friendly place.

“We’re looking forward to the pavilion and playing field being a true village facility.”

She said a local resident, who has since died, had lobbied the parish council with her pavilion idea in 1971 and made a donation to kickstart the project.

It finally got under way in 2012 after Bramham Sports and Leisure Association (BSLA) secured grants from organisations including Bramham Community Fund – proceeds from sales of Leeds Festival residents’ tickets.

It was almost completed when funds ran out. Then in 2013 the parish council sold a strip of land off the edge of the playing field to Leeds City Council, and used around £80,000 of the proceeds to complete the building, paths and car park last year.

A committee of residents, councillors and footballers is now running the pavilion, which is already being used by a children’s football club and will be used at Bramham’s open gardens and scarecrow trail day on May 17 and Bramham Gala on June 20.

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