The sports pavilion and recreation ground is, in many ways, the centre of Harston. As a linear village with a busy road through it, the rec – which contains the village playground and football pitches – is an oasis away from the A10. It is a haven for dog-walkers, football-players and the parents of young children, and the host to village events such as the annual fairground.

Created from land formerly belonging to a local farmer, Harston Recreation Ground opened in the 1980s with the pavilion following in 1996. Play equipment was replaced and expanded by the Parish Council in 2015, thanks in no small part to the efforts of local parents.

In 2017, Harston Residents’ Group held a Community Development Day, inviting local people to give views on how to improve the village. Ideas carried forward from this event include the addition of a public drinking fountain on the outside of the pavilion, and the planting of many more trees around the playground, with the dual aim of providing shade for future generations and tackling climate change.

Full details about the management of the pavilion and recreation ground coming soon.