Mapledurham Playing Fields Action Group
A Potted History
Charles Hewett gave land, in Trust to the National Playing Fields Association as trustees with Mapledurham Parish Council as managers.
A wartime hut was built, which became War Memorial Hall
29th October 1962
Trust registered with the Charity Commission as the Recreation Ground Charity (registration number 304328).
A new community hall was built adding of changing rooms and a tennis club room – the current Mapledurham Pavilion
Under a Local Government Reorganisation, part of Mapledurham Parish that included the Playing Fields, was transferred to Reading Borough Council.
1st April 1979
Transfer of trustee responsibilities took place from National Playing Fields Association, now known as Fields in Trust (FIT), to Reading Borough Council
20th September 1985
A Charity Commission Trust Deed names Reading Borough Council as Trustee
9th September 2004
The scheme set out in the Trust Deed is amended with regard to the tennis club
At no point in its history have Mapledurham Playing Fields been owned by Reading Borough Council, and this is a common misconception,
even for local councillors!