Working for the Community – Registered Charity No: 1135385

Whatton & Aslockton Playing Field Trust

Welcome to the website for the organisation; responsible for the day-to-day management of the open space and facilities situated on Dark Lane, Whatton.

We are a Volunteer Management Group

Local members for the village community along with council representatives and sport club officials work together, to oversee the maintenance and all year round use of the open space and facilities available on-site.

About Us

Whatton and Aslockton Playing Field Trust

(Registered Charity – 1135385)

The Playing Field was first used for cricket in 1897.   In 1974 Aslockton Parish Council and Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council (‘the Parish Councils’) leased the field for use as both a sports facility and part used as a children’s play area.

In 1994, with the aid of a big-lottery grant the Parish Councils purchased the freehold and in May 2006 entered into a Deed of Trust with the National Playing Field Association ensuring that the Playing Field would remain a recreational facility in perpetuity for the benefit of residents of Aslockton and Whatton-in-the-Vale.   The Deed of Trust effectively created the Whatton and Aslockton Playing Field Trust with the Sole Trustee as Aslockton Parish Council and Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council.


In January 2022 the Trustees formed a written Constitution to clarify the objects, principals and responsibilities of the Trustees and their relationship with the Management Committee.


The Whatton and Aslockton Playing Field Trust receives its income from four main sources:

  • Revenue Grants from Aslockton and Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Councils.
  • Rental Income from the user Sports Clubs.
  • Fund Raising Activities.
  • Capital Grants from various sources.

The annual running costs of the playing field amount to circa £3,500.   The figure includes ground, pavilion and play equipment maintenance, insurances, subscriptions and licence fees and professional charges.   The running costs are basically covered by the income from the user clubs and revenue grants from the parish councils.

Any development and new equipment requirements have to be funded by fund raising and capital grants when they are available.

Any funds raised through ‘Fund-raising’ activities are allocated to the ‘Capital Reserve’ for the development of the field and are not used to cover revenue costs. If the fund-raiser identifies a particular project such as the Pavilion or Play Equipment any funds raised are ‘ear-marked’ to that particular project and are considered as ‘Reserved Funds’ to be spent only on projects that they were raised for.

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