VICTORY RECREATION GROUND
History of the Recreation Ground
Mr. Fred Hasler is remembered for his great generosity. In 1921 he bought Glebe Fields and converted it into a playing field as a memorial to the villagers who died in the Great War. It is called the Victory Recreation Ground, nowadays affectionately known as "The Rec".
Extract from the Essex Chronicle, August 10th 1923: Gift to Township - Tollesbury Recreation Ground
On Monday, Dr J H Salter, DL JP CC formally owned the Victory Recreation Ground, the generous gift to the township of Mr. Fred E Hasler. He was not able to be at the opening but he wrote to an old friend, Mr Redhouse:- "I am sorry I cannot be with you today. Business wont permit it. Buts its yours anyway. I obtained the idea from you many years ago and nothing gives me more pleasure than to know that you have been spared to see this dream of yours come true".
Ownership was transferred to the Parish Council in 1966.
Poplar trees which are planted around the perimeter where there to commemorate the men from the village who died in the First World War.
Tollesbury Recreation Ground is a large open site with good views across the Blackwater Estuary.
Facilities include: car park, football pitches, pavilion, children's play area, skate park, benches, picnic benches and the monument.
The Recreation Ground is the home ground of the following football teams:
Tollesbury Juniors - Tollesbury Football Club - Tollegion
The Recreation Ground is situated in Elysian Gardens, Tollesbury, CM9 8QN.