The Recreation Ground is located in the very centre of the beautiful world heritage city of Bath. It plays a valuable role at the heart of the community, providing for a wide range of sporting and recreational activities and events. It is also the home of Bath Rugby.
The site has been used for sport and recreation for over a hundred years and played an important part in the development locally of cricket, football, rugby, tennis, bowls and croquet. The Recreation Ground was conveyed to the City of Bath Corporation in 1956 and for many years was managed alongside the Council's other recreational facilities.
The Recreation Ground was declared to be a charitable trust by the High Court in 2002. This meant that there existed two breaches of the charitable trusts, concerning the Leisure Centre and the lease to Bath Rugby. Following a period of review, the Charity Commission published a Scheme establishing an independent trust with the powers needed to resolve the legal issues. The new trustees were appointed in 2013. Their role is to manage the Recreation Ground and plan for its future.
The trustees are currently; Elizabeth Bloor (Chair), David Durdan (Vice Chair), Stephen Baddeley, Derwent Campbell, Simon Emery, Geoffrey Fairclough and Michael Laughton, Angela Lewis and Chris Watt. Background on the Trustees is given here.
The objectives of the Trust
The objectives of the Trust originate in the 1956 conveyance of the Recreation Ground to the Council. They were amended by the Charity Commission's Scheme and an Order of the First-Tier Tribunal. In summary, they are:
To provide and maintain land, in or near Bath, for outdoor recreational facilities for the benefit of the public, particularly for games and sports of all kinds, tournaments, fetes, shows, exhibitions, displays, amusements, entertainments and other similar activities. The charity shall not show any undue preference to any particular sport or organisation and the Recreation Ground shall only be used as an open space.
The Trust has adopted a strategy based on a vision of recreation for all in the heart of Bath, delivered through sport and community events.
The four themes of the strategy are to:
The Trust's Report of the Trustees and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2015 as submitted to the Charity Commission are attached here.