Concept FC

You'll no doubt have noticed crisp white lines, marking out a full-sized football pitch on the Recreation Ground.

They are there because Staple now has its own regular football team, who play their home games at the Recreation Ground.

They are Concept FC; and they've really made Staple their home.

They play their games on Sundays, and they hire the Village Hall;so they can have access to toilet facilities.

As well as using the Recreation ground; several of their players regularly eat at The Black Pig; and this year they're also helping out the forthcoming Staple Country Fayre.  - They seem to have adopted Staple!

Wildlife Friendly Village at The Recreation Ground

The fast-growing shrubs and hedges around the Village Hall required constant maintenance.

Another drawback was that all-too-often they obscured the security light sensors; and this made the entrance to the Hall dark and unwelcoming.

Enter the Wildlife Friendly Village Group (WFV):

The WFV offered to plant suitable plants around the Hall, once it had been cleared.

The ever-helpful Vic Harmer made a brilliant job of removing the shrubs and bushes / clearing the area.

And the WFV finished it off with a thorough tidying up/de-weeding.  And the area was totally weed-free, in time for Princess Anne's visit.

The WFV regularly visit the area in order to keep the weeds down.

Village Hall Roof:

A couple of years ago, on two ocassions in January, we had emergency repairs carried out to the roof. As rain was entering the building!

When a third leak appeared, it was clear that this reactive response didn't represent best value-for-money; and that we were likely to spend a great deal of money having 'patch repairs' carried out.

An expert roofing contractor was brought in to give us professional advice; and the entire roof was renovated.

The problem with the roof is that for aeshetic reasons, the pitch of the roof is very shallow.

Had this been combined with a waterproof,breathable membrane, then there would've been no problems.

But non-waterproof roofing felt was used!  (Either as a money-saving move or as an oversight).

The result is that the majority of the felt has rotted away.

Back in 2017, a leaking roof let water enter the storage area.  - And this was quickly repaired.

Then in January 2021, two leaks let water enter the kitchen; and a further leak let water enter the main Hall.

Works to the roof have now been completed.

Staple Parish Council has its own defibrillator.  This is installed at the Hall.