Hillyfielders FC: For whom the ball tolls



We've covered the shameful threat to Honor Oak recreation ground before but now we've been contacted by Brockley resident Jenny O'Connell who explains the impact it would have on children's sport in the area:

I help run a football club called Hillyfielders FC. We use to be based at Hilly Fields (hence the name) a few years ago we had to move due to the amount of children we were getting so the only open space avaliable within walking distance and which wasn't occupied was Honor Oak Park. We have many children from SE4 and surrounding areas who are a part of HFC.

I don't know if you are aware but Southwark (who own the land) want to use Honor Oak Rec for Burials as they are running out of space. This would mean that HFC would no longer have a training ground or a home ground (as we play our home games there at present).

Please sign the petition to save Honor Oak rec now.

13 comments:

Steve said...

We really need to stop this happening. I help run Brockley County FC and we have over 100 boys (7-12year olds) playing for our teams with more looking to join. Our home ground was also Hillyfields but we have had to move to the Kings College Ground because of the cricket square refurbishment. We are really short of low cost playing fields in the area (and the Ladywell arena is under pressure). As schools do less PE, we have to make sure we are providing an opportunity for healthy and competitive sports for our children.

Anonymous said...

If the Schools dont stop sports the Council want to take other open spaces for burial grounds,our kids will die of obesity next.

Brockley Dogging Society said...

Ah, summer. A time for good weather, fine wine and bashing balls into the box. Sign us up.

patrick1971 said...

And all this just to pander to ludicrous superstitious prejudice about burial vs cremation. Quite shocking in the 21st century. If you want to bury your dead, pay for the land yourself.

Anonymous said...

I thought you did buy a plot of land when you were buried.

Anonymous said...

The living are more important than the dead.
Bury over the old ones. Its insane to take away land for the dead when young people need it so much.
Where's the petition ?

Lou Baker said...

This is entirely the fault of those who demand to be buried rather the cremated. Cremation takes next to no space, burial takes lots.

But some people are selfish inconsiderate bast**ds even when they're dead.

fallow said...

It's the relatives of the dead that often want a place that they can visit and pay respects. So it might be better reserving your abuse for them rather that the dead people Lou.

max said...

Maybe they can be stacked to create seats to watch the matches. That'll make everyone happy.

Mb said...

Steve, are you permanently being displaced by the cricket? Much as I love the idea of a cricket ground, I'd have thought the footy would be greatly missed. I see kids training there at the weekend now though?

jen77 said...

Thanks Steve. I hear what your saying loud and clear. We are always being told to look after the health of our children- five fruit and veg a day etc and the worry of obese kids and then its contradicted by wanting to close green spaces which will have a detrimental affect on young peoples health.The lose of a LOCAL community football club like HFC would be a travesty.

Robert said...

Have to chime in here. Our Graveyards are full to the brim with people who have been dead for hundreds of years. No one is visiting these graves except for the odd genealogical researcher. The majority of these graves can be reused. Headstones can be photographed as a record and replaced. If there are any graves with living descendants who still find comfort from their placement, then people can make their concerns known, and the graves can be retained. I don't know what Southwark are thinking of here.

Headhunter said...

Although old cemeteries often provide important wildlife habitat in cities, anything from insect species to birds and small mammals can live relatively free from human disturbance, whereas parks generally consist of mown grass and tall trees with no shelter or scrub. It is sad to lose recreation space though, I had also heard that there is a threat to the athletics ground in Ladywell where Kent AC has met for about 100 years or so. The council wants to offload it to a private company...

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