Originally started at the end of the 1980’s, the Quartergreen Sports Project and Children’s Play Area were made possible through a gift of land behind the Great Witley Village Hall from Mr Tom Quarterman and his family.
Fundraising took place in Great Witley village and in Little Witley. Many folk gave their time and money to enable the Play Area and the first Court to be built and the official opening was conducted by Mrs Molly Quarterman. Subsequently flood lighting and changing facilities were added. Many local adults remember playing five aside football, netball and tennis in those early days. Listen to Judy Goodman explaining how the Quartergreen came about.
In 2010 the Quartergreen was linked into a new larger recreational open space called Bowens Field via a footpath from the rear of the Quartergreen
Over time these facilities have needed upgrading and a sub Committee of the Village Hall was formed in 2013 to work on these issues. Grant funding was obtained to renew the changing rooms, but it was clear that there needed to be a lot more awareness of the opportunities provided for sport and recreation linked with Bowens Field on the Stourport Road which belongs to the Parish Council.
The result was the Country Fayre organised by the Quartergreen Committee which was held on 14th June 2014. A truly community event which used every inch of space and involved over 100 local organisations, craftsmen and businesses with many attractions for young and old. The Committee has also run holiday programmes of tennis and basketball coaching for local children and young people.
In 2015 it became clear that the court and its surroundings and the children’s play equipment need to be replaced. The development of new homes in the village of Great Witley gave a unique opportunity to apply for funding for Sport and Recreation through Malvern Hills District Council (Section 106) Applications were successful, and plans for this work are now well advanced with completion dates during 2016. A new Court with an astro-turf surface is to be built and all the play ground facilities are to be renewed with additions for disabled children. There will also be a Fitness and exercise trail linking the Village Hall Car Park with Bowens Field.
These developments and maintenance of the existing facilities have required major fund-raising efforts alongside the Grants for Capital Work.
In 2015 Quartergreen Committee established a 100 Club Lottery, and has renewed the tradition of a Village Bonfire which was held Courtesy of Mr Richard Quarterman. With the focus on Children and Young People, Halloween and Christmas Parties have been held in the Village Hall, where adults enjoyed the Themed Dinner and Promises Auction Held in October. A similar busy programme including a Fair in September is planned for 2016.