John Pears Recreation Ground, Pavilion and Tennis Courts

JohnPears_02 Hire fees for John Pears Pavilion and field – click MSDC hire charges
Booking conditions and forms are at the end of this page.

Post code for SatNav: RH19 3TQ

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 and ensure that they do not cause danger or disturbance to nearby residents and other park users. BBQ’s are not permitted without prior permission, 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 organisers may be required to make a booking for outside use. For advice please contact the Council office.

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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 part of East Grinstead 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 then 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.

Conditions of Hire

Application form for Hire

Email the Clerk

Tennis Courts

Tennis courts closed for maintenance 4th – 8th June 2020

The tennis courts at John Pears have now been reopened, following closure  due to Coronavirus. Bookings and payments must be made online through Mid Sussex District Council’s website. Click here for the link.
£6.50 full rate, £3.25 junior rate.
The code for the key safe will be provided in the confirmation email.
This replaces the booking system below.

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.