The John Pointon Sports and Recreation Facility was officially opened on Sunday August 11th 2013. Speaking at the opening ceremony Martin Pointon said: “It was great to see so many families sharing what is one of the most exciting events to happen in Cheddleton and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
“Hopefully it will be the start of many years’ enjoyment shared by all age groups from the local community and surrounding areas.
“My late father, who sadly passed away in May 2006, truly was an amazing individual; for those lucky enough to have known him as a friend only knew the real JP.
“He was considerate and generous to a fault and as the front of a large local company he always received requests to support various charities, fund-raising efforts and local events and he would always find a reason to support them.
“This marks a major achievement that we are immensely proud of and a legacy for the man who made this possible from humble beginnings.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped to transform this site including the companies and contractors who worked through the worst weather on record to get this done; in particular technical director Barney Williams, who has put his heart and soul into managing this project, pulling out all the stops to finish it on time.”
Sheila Pointon, the widow of the late John Pointon, and mother of June, Carl and Martin Pointon officially unveiled the plaque during the opening ceremony.
She added: “This facility is fantastic and the finished article is something that people of all ages can use, from the very young to the old.
“The football pitches especially are amazing, as is the running track, and the whole site is in a safe, secure environment and I’m sure local football clubs will be interested in bringing players here to train.
“John would have been really proud to have seen this, it has exceeded all expectations and particularly the restoring of the stone dwelling for the first responders; that was something John was always very keen to do and it’s very special to have that there.
“This is here for the community and I’m sure there will be many families who have eagerly awaited to be able to come and enjoy themselves at their own leisure on the lovely picnic area with sand pit.
“It’s worked well in two ways, it’s provided a wonderful facility for residents and the wider community, as well as enabling us to improve our access to the factory and it blends in with the surroundings and isn’t intrusive.”
Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks First Responders Jane Matthews, Sue Alcock, Helen Robinson, Gail Dodd, Debbie Hammond and Kirsty Moult said: “It’s wonderful that they have done this for us; it means we can now stay at Windy Harbour for longer, or overnight to provide more cover than we were previously able to, and is a focal point for us as well as providing storage facilities and potential training site for Heart Start courses in the community.
“From the very beginning Pointons have been there for us if there’s been anything we needed from sponsorship, a car, and now this.”
Technical Director and Project Manager, Barney Williams, said: “We battled through some of the worst weather in recent times to complete the facility and hopefully the site will give a massive boost for the 5,000 residents of Cheddleton who have few other sports facilities locally.”
Paying tribute to the facility, Cheddleton Parish Council vice chairman councillor Mike Bowen said: “This is the most fantastic facility put into this village, which will help the community in all sorts of ways; helping young people to be occupied and other people keep fit.
“The company deserves a huge amount of praise, gratitude and congratulations from the whole village and area for all they have done; not just the cost, but the thought that’s gone into it and everything associated with it really is fantastic.
It will be used by people from across the district and I’m thrilled we’ve got it.”