John Pears Recreation Ground

JohnPears_02 swings and castle at John Pears play area

Wall Hill Road
Post code for SatNav: RH19 3TQ


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.

In September 2020, Mid Sussex District Council invested in the upgrade of the children’s play area.

Hiring the Pavilion or field

The Pavilion is available for private hire by individuals, groups or businesses. The Village Council handles bookings for the Pavilion and field.
Enquiries at the office on 01342 823770 or email
Hire fees for are set by Mid Sussex District Council – click MSDC hire charges
Booking conditions and forms are at the end of this page.

If you wish to organise any group activity or sports training etc in the field, you will require permission and may be required to make a formal booking.

Please note that BBQs are not permitted without permission.
The field is there 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.

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Conditions of Hire (pdf)
Application form for Hire (word document)
Email the Clerk

Tennis Court Bookings

The tennis courts at John Pears have now been reopened, following closure  due to Coronavirus.
The courts are available for anyone to book. Bookings and payments must be made online. The new Clubspark tennis booking system is now live. This is both for members of the Ashurst Wood Community Tennis Club and casual bookings. It is much easier and quicker to use than the previous system. Casual bookings can be up to 2 weeks in advance while members can book up to 4 weeks ahead. When booking for the first time you will need to register with Clubspark. Information about the new Clubspark booking system The code for the key safe will be provided in the confirmation email. If you join the tennis club you must still book the court, but there will be no fee.

Ashurst Wood Community Tennis Club page
Join the Club and play for free.