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.
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.
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'.
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!'
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'.