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Craigmyle Glebe Cricket Pavilion
Croft Road
Surrey CR3 7EN

General enquiries:

tel: 01883 652335 (Mark Tapley)

Craigmyle Glebe Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity (No. 305147), owns and manages the playing fields which lie at the heart of the village both geographically and in terms of its everyday contribution to village life. There are facilities for all ages; apart from cricket, soccer and tennis clubs, the pavilion hall and kitchen are available for hire and are particularly suitable for small meetings and children's parties. Enquiries for hire call 01883 652885 (Ian Tansley).

For those who simply wish to enjoy the open environment, there are seats around the Glebe, and for toddlers, a small playground.

Hiring the Cricket Pavilion

If you would like to hire the Glebe Cricket Pavilion please contact Ian Tansley on 01883 652885 for information on prices, terms of hire and bookings.


Tennis Club

Available to members throughout the year with excellent floodlit facilities which are the envy of neighbouring village tennis clubs. For more details please contact - Membership Secretary, Gary Pollak on 01883 652082. The club coach is George Cooper, 020 8657 3680. New members always welcome (junior, individual and family memberships). General enquiries to Gary Pollak on 652082.

Junior Tennis Club

During summer months on Tuesday afternoons: 5-12 year olds from 3.45 to 6.15pm. Friday evenings club night & coaching 12-18 year olds from 6.20 to 7.50pm. Contact Neil Foreman on 650474 for details.

Woldingham Village Cricket Club

New members always wanted for Saturday and Sunday fixtures during the summer. Contact Dion Gomesz in the first instance, on 07775 834674.


The Glebe Council has no wish to restrict the pleasure of dog owners using the Glebe to exercise their dogs but it is their DUTY to advise dog owners that they must respect the sensible Health and Safety rules which apply to public recreation grounds and CLEAR UP AFTER THEIR DOGS. Many young children from Woodlea School now regularly use the grounds for healthy sporting activities and the 123 Toddler Group make full use of the playing fields during the summer months, not to mention the many youngsters using the nursery play area designed for their use. Woldingham residents are fully aware of the nasty diseases caused to children coming into contact with dog mess.

Cricketers' pleasure at saving a boundary with a sliding movement to stop the ball crossing the line and footballers emulating David Beckham's cross-field passes should not have their pleasure spoiled by the lingering odour of dog soil on their clothes!

DOG LITTER BINS ARE PROVIDED AND ARE REGULARLY EMPTIED by Tandridge Council Environmental staff. Please clear up after your dogs and use the facilities provided.



To the Members of Craigmyle Glebe Ltd:

On behalf of the trustee directors of Craigmyle Glebe Ltd, I can confirm that the company continues tofulfil its charitable objects in this, our 81st year. We provide sports and recreational facilities for the village of Woldingham and the surrounding district. We do so by maintaining two sports pavilions, a well-equipped children’s playground, a playing field and surrounding areas, and by leasing tennis courts to Woldingham Village Tennis Club. Apart from the tennis club, our principal users are the children of the nearby Woodlea Primary School and the Woldingham Village Cricket Club. The playing field is also used for an annual informal hockey match on Boxing Day morning, for a village picnic in the summer, and year round by dog walkers.

Our financial statements are available on the Charity Commission’s website. This year they show a small deficit of £133, compared with a surplus last year of approximately £7,000. Although the bulk of our regular expenditure is covered by our investment income and the fees paid by the sports clubs, we are especially grateful for the income provided by our donor-members. This additional income makes possible improvements that enhance the visual amenity of the Glebe to the benefit of the whole community. For example this year we have cleared a neglected area that had been used in earlier years as a garden for the tenant of the flat over the cricket pavilion. This area has now been re-integrated into the Glebe and planted with a several attractive trees. Without the support of our donors, such improvements would not be possible. We are also grateful for the continuing support of the Woldingham Parish Council.

During the year, our trustees have been active participants in the preparation of the Woldingham Development Plan, now published in pre-submission form by the parish council, and in the proposal to designate the Glebe as a “Green Space” in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework of 2012. These projects, as well as the more routine maintenance tasks mean that it has been a busy year for the trustees, and I thank them for their efforts throughout the year.

Last but certainly not least, I thank our independent examiner, Mr Tim Salmon, for his examination of the Annual Report and Accounts of the company.

Mark Tapley, Hon. Chairman
14 April 2015


As it enters its ninth decade, Craigmyle Glebe Ltd continues to fulfil its mission of providing the residents of Woldingham with sports and recreation facilities. Our main users are the pupils of Woodlea Primary School, for whom the Glebe is their playing field, Woldingham’s tennis and cricket clubs, the more ‘informal’ users such as the dog-walkers, and of course the children who play in the recently refurbished playground. We also hosted a summer picnic for the village in 2013, an event that is rapidly becoming an annual fixture, and the regular Boxing Day hockey game which has been an annual fixture for some time. Some things do change, however, and sadly we find there are now no junior soccer teams in the area who use our pitches.

Our accounts show a surplus for 2013 of a little over £7,000. Because of the generosity of past residents, and the far-sightedness and prudence of our predecessors on the Craigmyle Glebe Council, we are able to finance roughly three quarters of our annual expenditure of around £25,000 per annum from investment income, with much of the remainder coming from grants and donations. This enables us to charge subsidized fees to our club users and to Woodlea Primary School. However, in doing so, the trustees must tread carefully, taking care to balance the needs of future generations against those of the present, since we are required by our founding documents to provide these facilities in perpetuity. Again, I thank those who donate to the Glebe, and in particular I want to thank Woldingham Parish Council for their continuing support. The Parish Council is consulting residents on a development plan for the village that will include sections on facilities, including facilities for sports and recreations, and the Glebe’s trustees will participate fully in this important community project.

We have been busy this year on several other projects. Firstly, Craigmyle Glebe Ltd did not acquire its land in one fell swoop; instead it pieced its bailiwick together at different times, and from different sources. We therefore took it on ourselves to clear up some anomalies and register our title with the Land Registry under a single entry. I particularly want to thank my fellow trustee David Dickinson for his help in this matter. Secondly, the Council spent some time debating the socalled ‘neglected garden’ behind the Croft Road garage. We have now decided on a plan of action, and have made the planning application with the local authority to permit a change of use. I am grateful to my fellow Council members for their contributions to these projects, and for all their assistance in the administration and smooth running of the company. Finally, Tim Salmon has studied our accounts again this year in his role as the company’s Independent Examiner. We are most grateful to Tim for the time and care he spends on this important function.

Mark Tapley, Hon. Chairman
June 2014


For past reports go to > The Glebe - Previous Chairman's Reports