Land owned and run by Balderton Parish Council
Off London Road at the end of Coronation Street there is a 17-acre playing field.
The field is next to the Newark Academy Site. A 6ft security fence surrounds the Council playing field on three sides.
The land was sold to the council by the Quibell family in 1932. The Quibells were a well-known local family who, at the time, owned Highfields House and much of the land surrounding it.
The playing field has three full size football pitches and three pitches for the under 10s, and two multi use games areas (M.U.G.A.s) providing hard surface kick about areas.
There is a cricket pitch and three practice nets, rented annually by Balderton Cricket Club.
A first-class bowls court is rented by Balderton Bowls Club.
Sporting Fees 2018 (PDF File, 13kb)
The children's play area has a perimeter fence, anti-dog grids, child friendly self closing gates, and a wide range of play equipment designed for under 10's.
The field is subject to Dog Orders restricting where pets may be walked (i.e. they not be taken into the children's play area or on the M.U.G.A.s)
The Parish Council is proud of the fact that the playing field is considered one of the best kept in Nottinghamshire.
The Parish Council rents land from the Southwell Diocese to provide allotments at reasonable rates. Anyone living in Balderton interested in taking an allotment should apply to the Council Office, though there is presently a considerable waiting list. The current rent is £12.50 per year.
The Parish Council bought the Lake and surrounding land to prevent a large, city-based fishing club buying it for private use. The Lakeside is surrounded by housing and has been a valued local amenity for many years. A village fishing club rents the fishing rights from us and help take care of the area (anyone wishing to go fishing at the Lake must contact the Grove Angling Club). We have provided limestone surface pathways all round the Lake and regularly maintain its wooded areas and grasslands. A viewing/fishing area for disabled people has been created and picnic tables with benches have been installed for local families and visitors to enjoy.
The Lakeside area is subject to a Dogs on Leads Order which is enforced by the District Council.
The old railway line from Newark to Bottesford has been resurfaced by the charity Sustrans, to create a cycling and walking track which runs along the western border of the Lake and gives several miles of public-owned land for pleasant walks in traffic-free countryside.
The Council's Cemetery
The Parish Council's Cemetery with Garden of Remembrance is known as Mount Road Cemetery and has entrances on both Mount Road and Belvoir Road.
Work commenced in January 2009 to extend the Cemetery; the area was fenced off and a new gated entrance installed. A new loop road was installed during the 2009-10 financial year. The existing roads were also resurfaced as it was more cost effective to have this work done at the same time. The extension area is not yet in use for burials but trees and pathways have been installed in readiness for when the additional space is required.
Cemetery Fees 2018 (PDF File, 9kb)