Scorton fund-raisers’ all-weather pitch dream comes true

Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival.'Giant bicycles propped against The Barn. PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-5-2015
Scorton Bikes and Barrows Festival.'Giant bicycles propped against The Barn. PIC BY ROB LOCK'2-5-2015

After six years of fundraising, the villagers of Scorton are finally building an all-weather new sports field.

It all started in 2010 when they held their first Bikes and Barrows charity event.

We want the children to be outside enjoying themselves with a healthy lifestyle and this will allow them to do that

Kevin Morley,

It raised thousands of pounds and after a vote they decided that when the annual festival had raised enough money, it would go towards a new all-weather sports field.

Six years on that dream has become a reality as work started last week on the project and the all-weather pitch will be built on land donated by Richard Anderton behind the Methodist Church in the centre of the village.

Along with funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund, Wyre Borough Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood fund, the Forest of Bowland fund and with the support of Nether Wyresdale Parish Council the money was accumulated.

The work will now be carried out by Grimsargh family firm Ramsboco-J W Ramsbottom Contractors Ltd owned by Jim Ramsbottom and son.

The pitch is planned to be completed early in the New Year, and it will include a 5-a-side football pitch as well facilities for, tennis, basketball, netball, as well as many others.

Kevin Morley, just one of the many people involved in the project, said: “All 250 people in the village have accomplished this. Everyone voted on what the money would be used for and everyone has fund-raised together to build the money to complete it. The money has been used for other smaller projects such as the signs welcoming people to the village but this has always been the main aim. Scorton is a very young village and it seemed a natural progression to build something like this next to children’s play area.. We want the children to be outside enjoying themselves with a healthy lifestyle and this will allow them to do that.”

The Bikes and Barrows festival is held over three days over the May bank holiday and is an event for fund-raising for village projects such as this. Kevin said: “There’s been so much good work from everyone in the village and everyone deserves the credit. Scorton’s children are going to use it for years to come.”