Doors opened on new improved Home Guard Club

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Mayor of Stratford Victoria Alcock opened the new Home Guard Club in Tiddington where she was pictured along with, from left, Carol Fletcher, president, Mark Booth, managing director of Hayfield Homes, and Norman Malins, chairman. Photo: Mark Williamson. (T13/4/18/6832)

TIDDINGTON’S new £1.5million Home Guard Club has been officially opened by the mayor of Stratford amid a wave of excitement from local sports clubs.

The building has been funded by housebuilder Hayfield Homes, the company behind the new 32-home Hayfield Chase development in Tiddington. And it replaces the former Home Guard Club building, which has been a significant part of the community for decades.

The new complex includes the complete upgrade of the clubhouse and its sports facilities, as well as upgraded changing rooms, café kiosk, bar and function rooms, and a Scout and Brownie hut.

The grounds have also been redeveloped to provide football playing fields, a rugby training ground, archery facilities and a cycle track. Guests of honour at the opening ceremony included the families of Sid Courtney and Joe Mellor, both of whom worked at the Home Guard Club for many years and have been memorialised with the naming of Sid Courtney Road, the road into Hayfield Chase, and the Joe Mellor Snooker Room inside the club.

Norman Malins, chairman of the Home Guard Club, said: “We have needed new premises for many years so working with Hayfield Homes to bring these fantastic new facilities to our community has been wonderful.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from everyone we’ve welcomed through the doors and are looking forward to a bright future in our new home.”

Mark Booth, managing director at Hayfield Homes, added: “We are honoured to have been able to help deliver the new Home Guard Club for the residents of Tiddington and nearby villages and are looking forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength.”

The Home Guard Club on Main Street, Tiddington, is open on Mondays-Thursdays 7pm-11pm, Fridays 3pm-12.30am, Saturdays 11am-12.30am and Sundays 11am-11pm.