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30th September 2009 JESSE OPENS NEW WHITCHURCH OPEN AIR
TABLE TENNIS TABLE
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The new Whitchurch Open Air Table Tennis Table was officially opened by Jesse Norman, Herefordshire’s prospective Conservative MP, on a most beautiful autumn evening last week.

The table was inspired by local resident Malcolm Littlewood, who recalled seeing open air table tennis played in Munich many years ago. The Parish Council supported an application to Awards for All, part of the Big Lottery Fund, which covered all the costs requested—close to £2,000. The table and railings were made and installed by Ross Weld and the installation was complemented by the Cheshire firm Grassmats to provide a firm and non-muddy footing in wet weather. Ross Weld also contributed considerably to the design of this steel table, ensuring for safety reasons that there were no sharp edges or corners on the table.

This table provides the only sporting facility in the village of Whitchurch. In the Parish Plan (Spring 2006) it was stated that the 8-15 year age group was most lacking in facilities and in the Youth Survey the second local concern (after road safety) about living in the village was 'being bored/having nothing to do'.

Malcolm Littlewood commented, 'Anyone wanting to play should turn up with a bat and ball and, of course, a pal to play with. So do come along and enjoy yourselves!'

Jesse said 'What an honour it is to be asked to open the table - and what a terrific example this is of local energy and initiative. Young people in Herefordshire often get a raw deal these days. So I would encourage all our villages to look at this project. Maybe we can set up open air tables throughout the county'.


Jesse celebrates the new table with Malcolm Littlewood, Councillor John Jarvis and other Whitchurch residents.

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