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Recreation Ground Kept Up-to-Scratch for Sporting Groups

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Hailsham Town Council continues to take steps to ensure that the Western Road Recreation Ground is maintained to the highest standards for the local community.

The Western Road Recreation Ground, created in 1855 as a result of an Enclosure Award for the parish of Hailsham, currently includes a football pitch, four all-weather tennis courts and general recreation area (Beaconsfield, purchased by Hailsham Parish Council in the 1930s), a cricket pitch, sports pavilion and children’s play area.

The recreation ground is home to a number of active local sporting organisations, Hailsham Cricket Club being one of the oldest in East Sussex having been established in 1871. The club has been playing at their ground on Western Road in Hailsham ever since, and have on a number of occasions throughout their history won championship awards.

Hailsham Town Football Club, known as “The Stringers”, currently in the first division of the Sussex County Football League, still uses the recreation ground to this day, and Hailsham Tennis Club, which was established in 1905 has been based there for over 50 years.

The Hailsham MI Stoolball Team, formed in 2007, also plays at the Western Road Recreation Ground.

“The Western Road Recreation Ground is a much loved community site and offers local users and the wider community of Hailsham, an array of opportunities to enjoy the open space for sports and leisure activities,” said Councillor Richard Grocock, chairman of the Strategic Projects Committee.

“Town Council works staff put a tremendous amount of hard work into ensuring that the high standards expected from residents and users of the facility are met. We endeavour to undertake any maintenance and repairs on-site as and when required, as wells as preserve and improve the facilities at the recreation ground and make it as accessible as possible for all members of the local community.”

“New members are always welcome to join the sports clubs who use the recreation ground, including the Hailsham Tennis, Stoolball and Junior Football Clubs.”

For further information on using the Western Road Recreation Ground for sporting or community events, contact Hailsham Town Council on (01323) 841702 or send an email to

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Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: