"18 months ago St Mary Bourne opened a new recreation area for ball games, which has been a great success. There was an adjacent play area for the under 12's which had been rather neglected and was badly in need of refurbishment. It also fell short of current Health and Safety requirements.
This refurbishment has just been completed at a cost of £25000 – and most of the funding has been by local fundraising, with valuable help from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire Playing Fields Association".
"This project now gives St Mary Bourne what must what must be unique centralised village facilities amongst the villages in my constituency. Based on the Recreation Ground they have, in addition to the under 12 play area and ball game area, a well kept grass sports area for cricket and football, an excellent bowling green and thriving club, a lake on which model boats are sailed and fishing takes place, a village hall which is the envy of many and a community village shop, all sharing the same car park which is also used by many walkers who enjoy the local country walks."
Sir George paid tribute to the work of Philip Winchcombe, who had driven the project forward; and to Alan Marsden, Chairman of the Parish Council and the person who had got the previous play area off the ground. Also present was the builder, Simon White of Playgrounds UK Ltd, and Jonathan Nesley who had helped with the fundraising.
"Each time I come to this village, there is some new project to celebrate. It is a very active, happy and well-balanced community, with some hard-working individuals who take it forward - as we have seen today."