Sporting chance for Tring as future is secured at Pendley

The chairmen of the clubs based at Cow Lane have been celebrating the pucrchase of the freehold land at Pendley Sports Centre. Picture (c) Kevin Sansbury.
The chairmen of the clubs based at Cow Lane have been celebrating the pucrchase of the freehold land at Pendley Sports Centre. Picture (c) Kevin Sansbury.

The future looks bright for some of the top sports clubs in Tring after a consortium completed the purchase of the freehold land at Pendley Sports Centre.

The Pendley Sports Committee, headed by Pendley Sports Centre chairman Chris Langford, raised £200,000 to fund the purchase of the land in Cow Lane – allowing the clubs involved to start planning for the future.

There were concerns that the land – which is the home of Tring Athletic Football Club, Tring Rugby Club, Tring Bowls Club, Tring Squash Club and Ting Tornadoes Junior Football Club – could have been purchased by property developers when the lease ended in less than 30 years.

However, thanks to the efforts of Mr Langford and representatives of the sports clubs, the use of the land as a sporting hub is now secured – fulfilling the wishes of Dorian Williams MBE who originally donated the land to the clubs for sporting use with a 65-year lease in 1977.

And Mr Langford is understandably pleased with the result of two years’ hard work.

“The clubs are justifiably proud of this achievement,” he said.

“Although the acquisition does not provide any more land and therefore doesn’t resolve the ongoing need for additional sports facilities in Tring, this purchase does secure that sport of one sort or another can be played at Pendley Sports Centre in perpetuity.”