High Sheriff visits Church Langley playing fields to present awards

Communities / Mon 25th Jul 2022 am31 08:13am

THE HIGH Sheriff of Essex, Nick Alston visited the South East Harlow Sports and Youth Association (SEHSYA) at Church Langley.

A spokesperson for SEHSYA said: “We were very pleased and encouraged by a visit to Church Langley field last Thursday afternoon from the High Sheriff of Essex.

“Having heard of the work that’s been going on here since 1997 and of our future plans for development, the High Sheriff came to see for himself all of our groups working and officially recognise the many extra miles our volunteers have put in to serve the local community by presenting our key volunteers, trustees of our charity, each with the Award of the High Sheriff; a great honour. 

“Throughout the year, daily, year in and year out for the last 25 years, come snow and ice, come rain, come shine, SEHSYA Trustees and volunteers prepare and mark pitches, pick up litter, dog poo and the dumped rubbish, maintain and repair pavilions (too frequently vandalised), clean toilets, repair tennis court nets and so much more, to ensure that the many groups who visit here can function.

These include 350 youngsters who play for the 23 Frontiers youth football and the senior men’s and women’s teams. Church Langley and Potter Street cricket team plus local community groups like child minders who provide a daily Ofsted-approved service.

“The same volunteers over the years, have refurbished and remodelled school relocatable classrooms into changing rooms and variously transformed an ancient cabin that was once a council rent office to a brilliant kitchen cafe club room to serve teams, parents and supporters. 

“We are also pleased to be joined by Changing Lives Harlow who have been increasingly active here working with our sports teams.

The Sheriff also visited their town centre site and the Turkish Bakery stall, (have been working with them to provide meals for disadvantaged groups), before coming up to Church Langley to see the Changing Lives young people in action on the cricket field.  

“Our next project is to raise funds to remodel our old changing rooms to create a new social room that can also be used as a classroom and divided to create two new fresh changing rooms in line with the latest FA specs. 

“There is still much to do: especially with the population of Harlow and the numbers of youngsters rising at such a pace, one of the highest rates of growth in the country.

“All help gratefully received, like that of the local unidentified hero who has been trimming the branches from the trees in the tennis courts and re marking the court lines, like that of those who stepped up to repair the skirts on the café that had been kicked in and those who have shifted literally tons of earth to repair and reseed the pitch areas. 

Edward Vine 


For and on behalf of SEHSYA 

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