First phase of East Harling club’s makeover

Nick Jones, left, and Marion Chapman-Allen, right, with other pavilion  revamp supporters
Nick Jones, left, and Marion Chapman-Allen, right, with other pavilion revamp supporters

The completed first phase in updating a pavilion used by more than a dozen sports clubs has been unveiled.

Phase one of an ambitious £64,600 project to repair and modernise East Harling Sports and Social Club Pavilion was officially opened on Saturday by Marion Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council ward member for Harling and Heathlands.

The 30-year-old pavilion was no longer good enough to host visiting teams, the expanding football team needed more changing space and, with more girls joining the clubs, a separate ladies toilet was essential.

Sports and Social Club chairman Nick Jones said: “We had never been able to access any funding before but the sheer determination and team work has brought this amazing result, of which we can be justifiably proud.”

Breckland Council gave £12,892 with the rest coming from Norfolk County Council’s Community Construction Fund, Harling Parish Council, Harling 300 Club and local fund-raising.

A late contribution from the Shadwell Estate paid for an external repaint.