Issued: August 12, 2016
STATEMENTS: Jubilee Park
Ongar Town Council takes first steps towards creation of new sporting charity for the community
On July 7, the council approved the establishment of a charity to take over the management of the Jubilee Park facilities and created a steering committee to manage the transition.
On August 11, the committee met and took the first steps towards establishing the charity which will be known as The Ongar Community Sports Trust.
The committee then adopted a constitution with the following statement of objectives:
The objects of the charity are to create opportunities for the residents of Ongar and the surrounding district to participate in sporting activities. To provide training and guidance for novice players and facilities for affiliated teams to pursue their sports in a safe and friendly environment. To provide recreational facilities available to all, that can support the charity in cash or kind, while offering a suitable environment for members of all ages to gather.
Consultations are underway with the staff and members of the Jubilee Park facilities and the residents of Ongar are invited to an open day on September 10 (10am until 2pm) when they can see the facilities, meet the existing members and see how they can get involved with the sports and the new charity.
Jubilee Park Steering Committee chairman councillor Derek Birch said â€œNow we have agreed the objectives and constitution for the new charity I think we are on-track to establish an organisation that will be a real asset to the community and I hope that the whole community will want to get involved at every level.â€
The steering committee meets as required and members of the public interested in attending its public meetings should check details of the agenda on the councilâ€™s noticeboards, website or social media (Facebook and Twitter).
If there is anything that residents think the committee should know, or consider, they can attend the meeting or write to the chairman of the committee c/o the town council offices.
STATEMENT: Ongar Town Council closes cafÃ© on weekdays
due to falling sales
Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park Steering Committee reluctantly approved the closure of the Jubilee Park cafÃ© on weekdays with immediate effect due to falling sales.
Sales have fallen during 2016 and following consultation with the staff, the committee has agreed to focus on the peak trading sessions which are the weekends when the sporting sections use the facility.
Catering will still be available for private functions and the bar will remain open on a daily basis.
Committee chairman councillor Derek Birch said: "The council apologies to the regular users that have supported the cafe but unfortunately it was not viable to keep the facility open when it continued to lose money and not offer value to the ratepayers of Ongar."