The Royal British Legion Club in Hurstbourne Tarrant, which has some 80 members, has opened a petanque pitch. Funds for this came from the local budgets for Test Valley Borough Councillor Peter Giddings and former County Councillor Pam Mutton, together with funds raised by the club itself.
"I have done the opening of many events in my 39 years as an MP, but this is the first time I have opened a Petanque Pitch, which I formally declared "ouvert". Many congratulations to the club on adding this facility to its range of attractions - and I know it will be used by players with a disability for whom other conventional sports are not accessible." The Club also raised £2000 for Andover and District Mencap by having a sponsored dart tournament that lasted 12 hours. The cheque was handed over to Luke, son of one of the members, which will be given to the Andover Branch of Mencap."
The original idea of the Petanque Pitch came from Ian McFarling, and the pitch was dug out by Jason and Brian Purver. Emma Mills provided some nibbles for the event, which was masterminded by Ian Price, Chairman of the Club.