Rangemore Playing Fields

Rangemore Recreation Ground is a registered charity (No. 522736) that operates under an indenture dated 1st April 1896. It has 3 trustees and a Management Committee.

The charity is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the playing fields. The fields are located opposite All Saints Church and Rangemore School. The playing fields are for the use of all people in the Chapelry of Rangemore (roughly the same as the church parish.)

The playing fields comprise of:

– Childrens Play Area

– Cricket square and pavilion

– Football Pitch

– Changing Facilities

– Open Space

– Car Park for people using the fields and school

No overnight parking is permitted unless permission is requested – unauthorised vehicles will be asked to move

The other major users of the playing fields are:

  • All Saints School
  • 2 Cricket Teams
  • 1 Football Teams

The school, and all the teams currently using the playing fields contribute to the upkeep of the fields which enables the charity to maintain the facilities.

The football and cricket pitches are only used by the teams which have paid to use them.  Anyone found to be using these facilities on a regular basis will be asked to pay for them or will be asked to leave.

Enquiries for use of the facilities should be addressed to:

All users are asked to take any litter home with them and leave the fields litter free.

No dogs are allowed on the Playing Fields.

Camping is not allowed

These are PRIVATE facilities and are not in any way connected to Tatenhill & Rangemore Parish Council


Tatenhill Bowls Club

The Tatenhill Bowls Club has existed at its current location since the mid 1980s It existed before that but played on private facilities within the village. It currently occupies land next to the Village Hall which it leases from the Village Hall.

The current lease was originally for 25 years and has been extended by 10 years. It runs out in 2017. There will be a major negotiation at that time as the lease will need to be approved by the charity commissioners. As part of the contract, the bowls club mows the grass and trims the hedges around the village hall.

Two of the founder members were Don Higgot & Edmund Stonier. The original site was a sloping bank and they organised a bulldozer to flatten the site and create a crown green. Since that time all work to maintain the site has been done members on a volunteer basis.

Tatenhill Bowls Club has about 50 members but not all of them are playing members. Members come from a wide area including: Abbots Bromley, Newhall, Winshill, Tutbury and Lichfield. There are approximately half a dozen members living in Tatenhill but none from Rangemore (who have their own club). Most people own their own woods but the club does have woods available for people who wish to come and try out the game.

All visitors are welcome.

Tatenhill Bowls Club The Bowls Club meets on Club nights which are Mondays and Thursdays from April to September at 5pm for social bowling. In addition, matches are arranged with nearby bowls clubs at the weekends and in mid-summer there are often matches mid-week. In winter members often go to Swadlincote indoor rink.

A bowls game is played with 2 opposing sides. In social events there will be 4-6 people on each side, but in a match only 4 are on each side. Each game lasts half to 1 hour. Up to 3 games may be played in one session and this normally takes around two and a half hours.

The chairman is Viv Walker who can be contacted as follows:

Phone 01283 568578

Membership is £25 and additional funds are raised from raffles that are run whenever there is a match. There has been a continuous capital expenditure over the years. The pavilion was originally the Anslow Cricket Club pavilion but it has recently been upgraded with new windows. An automatic watering system has been installed and a rotary mower has been purchased to tend the Tatenhill Village Hall grounds. It is probable that a new cylinder mower will be needed to cut the green within the next 5 years costing in the region of £2000.

Social events include barbecues and an annual dinner


St. George’s Park

The FA’s National Football Centre and home to 24 England teams

This £105m facility, set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside, is the home for England’s 24 national teams. With 12 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor Futsal sports hall, St. George’s Park provides world-class facilities for all England teams ahead of international fixtures.

St. George’s Park is also the home of FA Education and delivers all national coach education courses. The range of courses, covering a variety of disciplines, will help communicate The England DNA, which outlines a coaching and playing philosophy for the development of English football.

Sports science and performance is integral to St. George’s Park. Perform at St. George’s Park is a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility which combines cutting-edge technology with elite medical expertise.

St. George’s Park provides a unique setting for developing high performing teams and leaders. The Outdoor Leadership Centre, operated by Grahame Robb Associates delivers development programmes in the areas of leadership, management and team development.

Visitors to the site will enjoy world class facilities and impressive accommodation with a 228 bedroom Hilton hotel catering for individuals, groups or team bookings, along with major sporting or business conferences and banquets.

See the facilities here;


St. George’s Park’s vision is:

  1. To be the home of English Football Development, bringing to life and embodying the whole game coaching and playing philosophy
  2. To be a one-stop coaching and support environment, which enhances personal development, rehabilitation and fitness
  3. To offer all its facilities and services beyond sport and facilitate cross-learning between the sporting and business sectors
  4. To be a training destination of choice for coaches, players, administrators and officials from within football


St. George’s Park’s purpose is to be:

  • A world class training facility
  • An educational hub
  • A national centre for sports medicine and science
  • A national centre for the national game
  • A place where sport and business can interact

The Emerging Masterplan

The proposed indicative Masterplan seeks to address the key operational challenges that have been identified since opening the site and to expand and enhance the facilities to ensure they remain cutting edge. In addition, potential associated activities that have a synergy with the high quality sports facilities at St. George’s Park are identified. The emerging Masterplan includes:

Operational Improvements

  1. Extension to parking
  2. Spectator seating at two existing pitches
  3. Rehabilitation lodges
  4. Hostel
  5. 60 bed Hilton Hotel extension
  6. Proposed reservoir
  7. Three new modular changing units

Synergy Developments

  1. Elite Golf Academy
  2. Golf Pavilion
  3. Sports Business Campus

For more information on this emerging masterplan please visit

Local Economy and Community Benefits St. George’s Park’s economic impact and effect as a catalyst for further development has been clearly demonstrated:

  1. Around 350 direct jobs, (over 70% of which are taken-up by workers living in the local area) and support to a further 87 indirect employment roles in the local area
  2. Annual wage bill of around £10 million, of which around £6.7 million is retained within households living in the local area
  3. St. George’s Park is a key leisure and business tourism destination within the local and regional economy, appealing to a range of visitors
  4. St. George’s Park is a principal place marketing tool for East Staffordshire and the wider sub-region

Importantly, the success of St. George’s Park has generated significant interest from other companies and organisations that want to be involved with St. George’s Park. Evidence of this interest is demonstrated through The FA’s recent partnership with Graham Robb Associates to provide the new Outdoor Leadership Centre that opened in July 2014. The centre offers team development, management and leadership training as well as behaviour change programmes to create positive, sustainable development which can be applied to the business world.
St. George’s Park promotes involvement in football from grassroots upwards, having a comprehensive community programme and numerous opportunities for teams to visit St. George’s Park.

St. George’s Park community usage:

  • – Over 9,126 people have participated in a football experience since July 2013
  • – Over 150 schools have used St. George’s Park
  • – Over 2,000 players have had access to community pitch hire
  • – Approximately 733 local grassroots coaches have attended courses at St. George’s Park since July 2013
  • – St. George’s Park has hosted over 130 grassroots events for County Football Associations, local schools and community groups
  • – 124 schools taken part in Perform Education workshops


We recognise that our world-class National Football Centre must be not only financially sustainable, but also environmentally sustainable in its operation. Sustainability is core to the vision and values of St. George’s Park. The FA Group recognises that by tackling environmental sustainability at Wembley Stadium, The Football Association and St. George’s Park we can set an example for not only football, but for the sporting sector.

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Habitat and Biodiversity

St. George’s Park is located in the National Forest and supports wide variety of ecologically important and interesting habitats including parkland, wood pasture, unimproved neutral grassland, broad-leaved woodland, ponds and water courses. These habitats support a range of exciting and specially protected species including great crested newt, barn owl and brown hare.
Rare breed long-horn cattle graze the parkland habitat, keeping scrub at bay and maintaining a varied grassland sward. Brown hare can also be seen along the main drive way to and within grassland to the east of the hotel. As part of the St. George’s Park development these habitats and species were protected to ensure that they were successfully retained and incorporated into the site.

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There are a total of 150 people based on the site. 70 staff are associated with the football activities (including affiliated organisations) and the remainder of the staff are Hilton hotel staff.


Most of the visitors from the north arrive via the A50 and come up the A515 to the Mitre crossroads. The preferred route from the A38 takes vehicles through Centrum Park, past Marston’s Brewery, up to 5 Lane Ends (The New Inn roundabout) and then to the main entrance by the airfield. Browns Signs to the facilities direct people via these routes.
The Green Team at St. George’s Park have implemented a Travel Plan which aims to encourage more sustainable transport behaviour by all potential users of the site. Please consider your environmental impacts and choice of transport when travelling to St. George’s Park.

For more information on how to get here please visit


Burton Rugby Club

Planners have given the club permission to transform 40 acres of agricultural land at Branston Bridge, in Branston Road, Tatenhill.

The club will build eight rugby pitches — five senior and three junior — along with car parking, bunding, floodlighting and covered spectator terracing.

Also in the pipeline are a two storey clubhouse, bars, function suite, changing facilities and a grandstand.


There are many horses stabled within the parish. Livery is available at numerous stables and areas of farming land have also been given over to many individual paddocks with stabling. The bridle paths are limited but many riders enjoy riding the lanes around the parish.

Rangemore Estate offers 30 ha of mature woodland with permissive rides cut through and around the woods and along mown tracks around field edges. Limited box parking is available at the beginning of the ride at Linthurst Farm.


Tatenhill Airfield
The airfield is located at the western extremity of the parish and is used by light aviation and helicopters. The land and property is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and leased to Tatenhill Aviation Ltd (owned and run by Mike Shelton and his son, Paul).

The various activities at the airfield consist of:

  • Aircraft operations (take off and landing)
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Repair, maintenance and installation of aircraft electronics (e.g autopilots, communication and navigation equipment for aircraft up to Cessna Citation size
  • Flying School.

The Staffordshire Air Ambulance also operates from this location.

The airfield was built in the second World War as a bomber training station. In the 1950s,1960s, 1970s and some of the 1980s, Allied Breweries operated a small fleet of business aircraft from the site and maintained a tarmac landing strip. In 1986, the site was taken over by Tatenhill Aviation Ltd and developed for light aviation. The main runway was built as a 1400 metre strip and located adjacent to the parish boundary at both ends, so final approach and takeoff would not be over the parish.

Today, Tatenhill Aviation Ltd employs 22 people. Three-quarters of these are full-time and the rest part- time positions. These employees mostly live locally in Hanbury, Tutbury, Barton Under Needwood, Burton and Swadlincote.

The Flight Deck Café is open daily from 10am to 4pm and is open to everyone. There is a large free car park.

Flying School

The flying school provides basic private pilot’s license (PPL) training for light aircraft and helicopters. This is mostly for single engine aircraft but can include small twin-engine aircraft. Training for larger aircraft is done at flying schools based at the Birmingham, East Midlands and Coventry Airports. There is a local schools scheme where students come for one week’s training from places such as the John Taylor, Abbot Beyne and De Ferriers Schools.

Planning for the future

In the Staffordshire Strategic Plan, it states that a local plan airfield needs to be developed to benefit the entire area. This is a view supported by the Duchy of Lancaster, which applied for planning permission in mid-2007 to allow for expansion and growth of the existing maintenance business on this site. New facilities were also planned for the flying school. Following a public inquiry and judicial review in 2008, these plans have now been put on hold and are under review. The Duchy remains committed to the principle of supporting and encouraging the expansion of Tatenhill Aviation Ltd and the upgrading of the existing facilities on site.

Social Institutions


Rangemore and Tatenhill WI offers a wide variety of activities for women in the parish. It has a large and growing number of members with meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Henhurst Hill Club. Start time 7.30pm

Newcomers are welcome to attend, with the 1st 2 meetings free of charge.

Contact Secretary, Lorna Ikin 01283 562783


While the parish does not have its own scout group, Barton Under Needwood’s group meet on Monday evenings at the Needwood Forest Scout Campsite which is located within the parish adjacent to Rangemore Hall.

The Group Scout Leader is Dave Rowarth
telephone 01889 578459
or e-mail

The Needwood Forest Scout Campsite is a facility available for use by all scouting groups. It has camping space for up to 80 or indoor accommodation for a maximum of 36 and offers a wide range of activities including Archery, BMX bikes, Cricket, volleyball, giant chess, tennis, orienteering and pioneering.

Warden/Contact Address
Brian Reeves
47 Harwood Avenue
Burton upon Trent
DE14 3JB

Tel: 01283 546536

Brownies and Guides

While no packs meet in the parish, the nearest being Branston-Clays Lane Sports Pavilion or Barton-under-Needwood, Tatenhill is home to the Burton on Trent girl Guiding Outdoor Activity Centre. Throughout the year guiding activities, camps and fundraisers are held here.

Burton on Trent Girl Guiding Outdoor activity Centre
The Orchard Campsite
Branston Lane, Tatenhill
DE13 9SA.