Aston Green as a valuable amenity managed by a committee of the parish council and supported by representatives from local groups such as the village hall committee, the WI and the Arbor Group.
The use of the green is open to all for individual, group and family activities and for larger community events.
Whilst free access is available at all times, event organisers should contact a member of the green committee to check availability.
The committee are keen to encourage use of the green for local events, sport and recreation and facilities are available for activities including junior football, basketball practice, croquet, cricket, short tennis, rounders and bowls.
There is also a large area available on the additional land for a full size football pitch.
Sports equipment is available on loan which should be arranged though one of the committee members.
collected and planted in December 2012 at Aston Green
with help from volunteers Geoff Gwilt, Cllr John James and Cllr Chris James
USE OF ASTON GREEN
Aston Green is a public recreational open space. It is owned, maintained and managed by Hopesay Parish Council (the Council) for the benefit of parishioners and visitors in accordance with a 2003 Covenant between the Countryside Agency and the Council and the terms and conditions attached to funding and land purchase. The Council is keen to see maximum use of the facilities for as wide a range of lawful recreational activity as possible. These notes are provided as guidance for those wishing to organise activity on the Green.
Access. The Council is responsible for maintaining the Green in safe and good repair and keeping it open for public recreational use free of charge. Rights of public access exist over the village hall car park. Council can however prohibit activity that may cause damage and prohibit access for certain defined safety reasons. Council may also, on not more than 2 days in any calendar year, prohibit access except on payment of a reasonable charge; that charge being applied to maintenance or improvement of the Green and on condition that admission on payment is available to all.
The Green is therefore not available for hire for private functions. Nor may admission be charged for any community event unless proceeds benefit the Green. A charge for participation in an activity on the Green (a BBQ for example) may however be appropriate.
Council owns and manages the fenced public recreational open space immediately south of the Green to which different restrictions on use apply. It is available for car parking (for which a charge might be made) for events at the Village Hall and on the Green.
Insurance. Council is insured against claims that might arise related to its ownership, maintenance, management and use of the Green. This insurance does not cover claims that might arise against others using (or organising activity on) the Green. Those wishing to use the Green should assess any attendant risks, act to minimise them so far as reasonably practicable and seek their own insurance where necessary.
Licensed Activity. Council does not hold a 'Premises Licence' for the Green. Any proposed activity required to be licensed (music, singing, dancing, drama, film, sale of alcohol, late hot food) is likely to have to be the subject of a 'Temporary Event Notice' served on Shropshire Council by the organisers at least two weeks in advance.
Village Hall. Council owns Aston on Clun Village Hall, which includes the tarmac car park and paved terrace. The Hall is managed, maintained and insured by the Village Hall Management Committee (Charity 702020) under a lease and trust deed, for the recreational benefit of parishioners. The Hall is available for hire by agreement of the Committee for private and public events for which admission charges or restrictions may apply. As members of the public, those attending Hall events may also use the Green, but not so as to exclude free access to the Green by others. Those organising Hall events intending to spill over onto the Green should check how far their activity is covered by the Hall's insurance and premises licence (see also Village Hall Hire Agreement).
Informing the Council. These notes provide an outline of only the main conditions and restrictions on access and use of the Green. Anyone proposing to use any part of the Green for an organised event should contact the Council at an early stage so that any difficulties or conflicts of interest can be identified and resolved in good time.
Contact the clerk or any councillor.
Volunteers are needed to help with organisation, grass cutting and maintenance and to help with work parties
ASTON GREEN 2013
THE ASTON GREEN COMMITTEE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP MAINTAIN THE GREEN READY FOR THE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE PLANNED FOR THIS SUMMER
THE FIRST WORKING PARTY WILL MEET ON SATURDAY 27 APRIL AT 10:00AM TO CLEAR THE PATH VERGES AND START WORK ON LEVELING THE GREEN. PLEASE BRING SPADES, SHOVELS RAKES AND WHEELBARROWS.
TEA, COFFEE AND BISCUITS WILL BE PROVIDED
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO NEEDED TO ADD THEIR NAMES TO THE REGULALAR GRASS CUTTING AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME, IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT JOHN JAMES ON 01588 660568
If you have any ideas or able to help in any way, please contact:
JOHN JAMES 01588 660568 Committee Chairman
CHRIS JAMES 01588 660610
CHRIS PERKINS 01588 660407
DAVID CLARKE 01588 660278
GREEN MOWING ROTA
Anyone unable to do their turn, please ask for a swap with another member or phone John James 01588 660568