Playing Fields construction completed

We are pleased to announce the construction work on the Prestbury Playing Fields has now been completed one week ahead of schedule!

The Playing Field has now fully re-opened.

Here is the new layout of the field:

New facilities include:

  • Floodlit Multi Use Games Area facility (35m x 19m)
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Daily Mile track
  • Enhanced children’s play area
  • Adult and junior football pitches

The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) will be available for hire from mid-August.

Prices are yet to be confirmed. We hope to publish these in early August along with guidance on how to make bookings for individual sessions.

We are already taking enquiries for potential block bookings. Please contact the Parish Clerk on for further information.




Work has been completed on £200,000 worth of new sports and exercise facilities for the village of Prestbury. The new facilities on Prestbury Playing Fields, will include a Multi-Use Games Area, a one third of a mile circuit, an adult outdoor gym area and an enhanced children’s play area. These facilities will add to the Football Pitch, youth pitch and Tennis Courts already in the immediate area.

The new development was made possible by financial contributions from Bovis and Bloor Homes as part of their development on Starvehall Farm. The new facilities have been constructed by Caloo Ltd, UK based specialists in supplying fitness and playground equipment for outdoor areas.

Linda Langrish, a Councillor from Prestbury Parish Council who has chaired the Working Group for the project commented:

“This is a great facility for the whole community, with something truly for everyone – the MUGA for team sports, the enhanced children’s play area, the adult outdoor gym equipment and the Daily Mile circuit for all ages to encourage regular exercise.  We are very excited to bring this development to the village and we are very confident it will be greatly enjoyed by many people. In many respects the timing of the completion of this facility could not have been better with the current focus on tackling obesity and adopting more healthy lifestyles”.

The new multi-use games area will be suitable for 5-a-side football, netball and basketball, with lines pre-marked for each sport. The facility which can be floodlit until 9pm will be available for hire by contacting the Prestbury Parish Council –

The outside adult gym area will have 4 stations, for up to 6 adults to use at one time.  There will be a leg press, rowing machine, upper limb press and cross rider.  The Parish Council hope to run dedicated group personal training sessions for local residents, of all ages: teenagers through to older age groups.

The Daily Mile is a 1/3rd mile circuit of the playing field, will enable running or walking in a safe, car-free environment.  Children, parents with children in prams, adults of all ages can benefit.

Richard Fishlock, Physical Activity Specialist – facilities and active design, at Active Gloucestershire commented:

“We are delighted to see this investment into sport and physical activity in Prestbury, and congratulate the Parish Council and the local community for making the scheme a reality. The new facilities perfectly complement what was on already offer at the Playing Fields and give local people of all ages and abilities some great opportunities to get active with their families, friends and teammates.”

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Editor’s Notes

1. Contact point for press enquiries – Simon Dove – Prestbury Parish Council – 01242 575129.

2. PR Photographs.
The photographs provided with this press release are four alternatives that publications and websites may use. Please note that permission has been obtained from all the parents of the children featured and that any children not social distancing are siblings.
The names of the children in each photograph if required are:

Photo 1 – Ben Craxford left, Holly Craxford centre, Holly Turner right

Photo 2 – Rocco Aitchison left, Will Tandy, Holly Turner (hidden behind Will) Charlie Turner, Ben Craxford, Holly Craxford right

Photo 3 – Charlie Turner left, Nick Livesey, Rocco Aitchison, Max Livesey, Will Tandy, Holly Turner right

Photo 4 – Will Tandy left, Ben & Holly Craxford, Max & Nick Livesey, Charlie & Holly Turner, Ralfy & Rocco Aitchison right


Prestbury Playing Fields Development – Update

Pleased to inform you the development at the Prestbury Playing Fields is progressing to plan.

The diagram below illustrates what we have got to look forward to!

On completion we will have the following:

  • MUGA
  • On site, hard surface free car park
  • Adult outdoor gym
  • Daily Mile circuit
  • Children’s Play Area
  • Football pitch

Further information about each:

1. MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) 35m x 19m high quality Matchwinner surface. Surface info:

Suitable for 5-a-side football, tennis, netball and basketball, with lines pre-marked for each sport.   Will be predominantly in the Autumn Green colour, with white tennis lines, yellow netball, blue football lines.

Floodlights.  LED.  Available until 9.00pm every night, all year round.

Hire costs: yet tbc, but likely in region of £25-£30 / hour.  All will be bookable by an online booking system via the Parish Council website in due course and once social distancing rules permit team sports to resume.

2. Hard surface car park on site, off New Barn Close. This will alleviate parking concerns for residents on this road, and will be free to users of the MUGA. Space for 40 cars, including 2 for Blue Badge holders.  No vans.  1m height restriction.

3. Adult outdoor gym. 4 stations, for up to 6 adults at one time.  Leg press, rowing machine, upper limb press and cross rider.  We hope to run dedicated group personal training sessions for local residents, of all ages: teenagers through to older age groups.

4. Daily Mile. This is a 1/3rd mile circuit of the playing field, from a SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system: surface. Recycled rubber and small stone particles, compacted, but allowing free drainage.

Aim is to encourage walking in all ages, in a safe, car-free environment.  Children, parents with children in prams, adults of all ages benefit.


5. Children’s play area. Existing play area given a refresh, with the addition of a brand new 2.5m climbing cone, suitable for children aged between 3 and 14.

6. The existing natural grass football pitch will remain in place, and is home to Prestbury Rovers FC. This pitch is full size and fully conforms to FA specifications. There is also space for a smaller, junior pitch for use by younger residents.

Prestbury Playing Fields – MUGA Development

Prestbury Parish Council have now had confirmation that the MUGA installation work will begin on Monday 8th June 2020.  These works are likely to take six weeks.  During this period the Prestbury Playing Fields will be closed and fencing put in place to prevent access to the general public.  This is necessary to protect the general public and ensure Caloo, the contractors meet their legal requirements for Health & Safety and Risk Assessment on a development site.

The Covid-19 situation has clearly made life difficult but there will still be full access  to the Barley Road Public Open Space and we encourage you to utilise this newly acquired green space.

Many thanks for co-operation.

Corona Virus – Prestbury Parish Council Update 08/04/2020

Bank Holiday Weekend.

Over the weekend the Parish Council Office will be fully closed.  Emails to the will be regularly checked.

If you or a friend/neighbour require support for food deliveries by the Prestbury Volunteers please email or if urgent please call 07772507593.

Stay At Home

Please remember the Government message stays the same:

Stay at home and if you have to go out you must maintain a 2 metre (6 foot) distance between people.



Corona Virus – Update 26/03/2020

Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub

This is the link for the Gloucestershire Help Hub  and this provides information and links to online forms so that you can:

  1. Request help.
  2. Offer help
  3. Flag up a neighbour who needs help
  4. Or offer support from you business.

If you are unable to use the online forms we have a phone line available, please call 01452 583519.

The lines are open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm. This is a priority telephone line for people who  need help or are volunteering, please do not use it for reporting other issues.   

We will pass on the information to the relevant district or borough council to connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.

If you prefer to contact Prestbury Parish Council directly, please call 01242 575129 or

Corona Virus – NHS advice

Spot the signs of coronavirus – NHS advice

To help keep your community safe, stay at home if you have either:

A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).

A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

Corona Virus – Prestbury Update – 20th March 2020

Corona Virus – Do you need help?

Prestbury Parish Council (PPC) is coordinating volunteers who will be able to deliver food and medicines for vulnerable, elderly or people who are self-isolating within the local community.

We have agreed that this is purely a free delivery service and that there will be no financial interaction between the volunteer and the recipient.

There are several local neighbourhood groups and charities doing similar activities.

If you feel you need assistance in the collection of food or medicines, or you know of somebody you require assistance then please contact me.

Telephone:    01242 575129                     email:

Kind regards

Simon Dove, Parish Clerk

Parish Council Office, The Pavilion, New Barn Lane, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3LP.