John Pears Recreation Ground, Pavilion and Tennis Courts

JohnPears_02 Hire fees for John Pears Pavilion and field – click here

Enquiries should be made direct to Ashurst Wood Village Council 01342 823770 or email
More details below.

John Pears field is for the enjoyment of all residents and we ask park users and Pavilion hirers to be considerate so that activates do not disturb the enjoyment for other park users, that the activity/s is safe and they also do not cause disturbance to residents who live nearby. Picnics for small groups are fine, however BBQ’s are not permitted, and park users are expected to take their waste home. Where there is a formal group activity, permission for this activity should be sought; and may be required to make a booking for outside use. For advice please contact the Council office.
This also applies the Recreation Ground, Hammerwood Road/Wray Close.

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John Pears Recreation Ground was once used as rugby and football pitches by The Abbey School. After the school closed in 1969, the land was purchased by the Pears family, who lived in Ashurst Wood. In March 1974, Molly Pears gave the land to East Grinstead Urban District Council for the benefit of residents of East Grinstead (Ashurst Wood was not a separate parish at the time). When that Council was absorbed into Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) in September 1974, the land passed to the new Council.

Molly Pears provided further finance in 1982, towards the construction of a pavilion. MSDC provided tennis courts in 1982.

The Ashurst Wood Community Association managed the pavilion and tennis courts, paying rent to MSDC, until late 2000.
Ashurst Wood Village Council now manages the facilities at John Pears on behalf of MSDC, under a Management Agreement dated 17th May 2005.

The pavilion was burnt down in an arson attack in 2003 and was rebuilt in 2005.The new pavilion was officially opened by the Vice-Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Mrs Margaret Hersey, on 2nd June 2005.

The pavilion is used by local groups and is also available for private hire for parties and meetings. For more information and to make bookings, please contact the Council Clerk.

Tennis Courts can be booked in advance by contacting or by using the booking diary at 1 Forest View. The key can also be collected from the front door of 1 Forest View, Hammerwood Road (opposite the church). Please put payment in the jar (£4.15 for Juniors & £8.30 for adults per court per hour), put contact details in the diary & return key immediately after playing.
Information on Ashurst Wood Community Tennis Club is under the Village Groups tab or click here

Conditions of Hire

Application for Hire

Email the Clerk

Post code for SatNav: RH19 3TQ