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Through World Wars and two monarchs, King George’s Fields has stood the test of time – please go ahead and look through its chaotic history below.


Then take a look at the fundraising effort so far and the success we’ve achieved – and please check back to see when we’ve reached new milestones!


With thanks to the Barford Heritage Trust for the large majority of the riveting history on this page. Thanks to the village for pulling together to open a new chapter in our community sports area, and thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.



The first attempt to purchase the land for recreational use by Lord Warwick is unsuccessful following letters of objection by influential villagers.


To celebrate the coronation of King George, the King George V Jubilee Trust Fund is established to turn the land into a playing field.

"The parish meeting approves of the Parish Council’s recommendation that the field known as Chesland Piece be acquired as a playing field for the parish”


“A committee was formed to formulate plans for the festivities.”

Passed resolution of the Parish Council, Leamington Spa Courier, 6th November 1936


The Duke of Kent opens the King George V playing field.


The Meeting was postponed for a week as the Duke was standing in at a Norwegian Royal Funeral after the Duke of Gloucester broke his collarbone.

“At Barford the Duke will officially open the King George V Memorial Playing Field by a cord fastening the gate, and by unveiling commemorative panels. The Field was acquired by the Parish Council as a memorial to the Duke’s father”

The Leamington Spa Courier , 25th November 1938


The site of the playing field was ploughed to produce food on the home front, and returned to use following victory in 1945.


A coronation oak was planted by local schoolchildren to celebrate the crowning of Queen Elizabeth.



The JPC Working Group begins the King George’s Playing Field Project following overwhelming support from local Villagers.


The project business plan receives approval, fundraising begins, and the newsletter and poster campaigns get underway!



Barford Community Charity award a the first funding pledge with a grant of £30,000


Play area designs are obtained, the JPC visit 30 other similar sites to learn more, and the Joint Parish Council agrees to a series of public consultation exhibitions.


A year after commencing, the project's funding reaches £86,000 following a grants from Warwick District Council Rural Development Fund and Barford St. Peter’s Trust.



The project reaches the £100,000 milestone – a great day for everyone involved.



7th March

The March Activity day brings together over 200 participants and locally raises £23,000.The event brings everyone together to support the playing field project. The day featured a local village breakfast, a charity walk and bike ride around the local area and a promises auction with some prizes going for over £1000!


Funding pledges reach £337,000 following grants from Sport England, Warwickshire County Council and further grants from Barford Community Charity and Barford St Peter’s Trust.



4th July

The campaign has a stand to enjoy the British sunshine and raise funds, providing information and awareness to the community at the Barford School Fete.


31st August

The residents of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton defied the summer rain and turned out in force for the Summer Fun Day, raising the final money needed to get King George's Field off the ground (quite literally!)


The JPC is pleased to announce that the project has raised £450,000 of its £460,000 fundraising target - and construction work has begun!

1st Sept

Read the press release


The final fundraising achieved £500,000 in total and the contractors finished all of their work after one of the wettest winters on record.

28th Apr


1st May

The whole village enjoyed the “Have a Field Day “ Celebration event where over 700 locals came together to enjoy using the Field for the first time where netball, cricket, football , hockey , tennis and much more were enjoyed by all ages.


4th May

The community hosted a visit by HRH The Duke of Kent who came along to formally re-open King George’s Field. In his speech he commented that it was the first time he had ever re-opened anything which his grandvfather had opened before him and he congratulated everyone for providing a fantastic community facility.

Contact or try

Mark Griffin - Chair, Barford Sports Club

info@barfordplayingfields.org     |     07802 470896

Rob Miatt - PR , Marketing & Communications


John Murphy - Treasurer , Barford Sports Club and Chair, JPC

 secretary@barfordplayingfields.org     |     01926 624421

Simon Morgan - Secretary , Barford Sports Club


Ellie Lees - Netball Section , Barford Sports Club

New Mill House

High Street



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Bill Worrall - Bowls Section , Barford Playing Fields


Mark Edwards - Chris Lee , Barford United FC Junior Football Club


Carl Gallagher - Tennis Section , Barford Sports Club


Wendy Barlow, Roger Clay and Harry Gadsden - JPC Members

wendy.barlow@tiscali.co.uk     |     roger@oakframe.demon.co.uk     |     harrygadsden@me.com

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