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The Playing Field – the Ripple Effect

21st July 2016 @ 6:06am – by Ralph Warburton
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Following my piece that was posted on AudlemOnline on Monday on the state of the so-called pitch et al., I took it on myself to ensure that the powers that be in Cheshire East / ANSA were made aware of the posting on the village website.

Having thrown that pebble into the pond, the ripples were soon very alive. Yesterday, Wednesday, I met with Stuart Barber and two colleagues of ANSA (from Macclesfield) on the field and I was there to show them just what it was like.

They totally agreed that the so-called pitch was indeed the very worst in Cheshire.

The whole of the two areas are to be the subject of deep remedial action. But, there is no window of opportunity for such work now. With the Festival of Transport on 31st July and the football season beginning on the 24th August, we are doomed to have this awful ground until next April – when the season ends and then the six weeks before Carnival Day.

During those six weeks the whole of the sad areas are to be made good and will be the subject of deep digging, drainage, feeding and seeding – the whole area being barriered off for the duration of the works.

I explained just how committed the village is to a superb community spirit and illustrated this fact by virtue of all the events we have here – and the fact that Geoff Seddon of the Parish Council had laid such heavy stress on this aspect of Audlem when we presented our case to the judges for Best Community Village in Cheshire – highlighting just how supportive the Parish Council were of all such efforts by so many dedicate volunteers.

To say the least, the judges were amazed that such a small place had such a big heart. We were successful, as you know, in being judged the Best of All in 2015.

Now, with a great deal of effort, we can get the playing field to match the standard of the many happenings thereon.

More news as I get responses and feedback from ANSA and our own Parish Councillors.

Ralph Warburton
Chairman AFC

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