The facility started life before World War 2 as the social ‘club’ for the workers
at the Tubbs Lewis
factory, and comprised of two shale tennis courts. It fell into disuse in the 1970's
when the factory moved. In 1997, Kingswood Parish Council became aware that the land
could be bought and quickly realised its potential as a community facility. After
public consultation, it was decided to keep the two-court format, but with one of
them having a multi-sport capability, and to include landscaped gardens for the wider
public to enjoy. With this decided, the project began.
The funds needed were around £80,000, so a committee was formed to apply for grants
and raise money through events. After a lot of hard work by a group of committed
villagers, the courts were opened in 2001, only four years after the project was
started. Since then, the Jubilee Pavilion has
been built (again with the help and generosity of local people) and an all-weather
table tennis table added.