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Mystery (now solved) sports pavilion
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Mystery (now solved) sports pavilion

This photograph was included within the effects left by my late uncle and aunt, Tom and Inez Wilson of Slaugham.
I feel that the sports pavilion is fairly local, but cannot identify the location. There appears to be a WWI soldier standing on the steps.
Please can anyone help?
Picture added on 16 March 2013 at 20:19
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Cricket - Handcross
Soon after we moved to Slaugham in 1958, a young couple came to the park gate and she said to him. "I'm sure there is a golf course around here!"
As an evacuee, she remembered seeing the field near the drive which was part of the West Park Golf Club.
The semi-detached cottages remain at West Park Farm accessed from Coos Lane. The golf pavilion was dismantled and re-erected in the corner of Handcross recreation ground near the Fountain to provide public toilets!
Added by Arthur Shopland on 17 March 2013
This appears to be the old club house at West Park Golf Course in Coos Lane with West Park Farm cottages behind.
The building was moved to the Handcross recreation ground and housed the library initially in addition to providing changing facilities for cricket and football.
Added by David Pearce on 18 March 2013
Our family moved from Slaugham village to the first house at West Park Farm early in 1947, when I was just 4 years old. The golf clubhouse was in our front garden. My parents Fred and Lillian Beet held the key to the clubhouse, it was always kept locked and not used at all whilst we lived there.
My father, who was born in 1910, told me that when he was a boy he and his friends used to come to the golf course to try to earn a few pence by caddying.
On a wet day as a young girl I would play ball and use a skipping rope in the changing room at the back, which was not locked.
I cannot remember exactly when the clubhouse was moved to Handcross recreation ground, but possibly in 1952. Our front garden then doubled in size.

Added by Rosemary Nye (née Beet) on 14 April 2013
My grandfather used to play golf at West Park. He was Lewis Hobden, Jessie Chinchen's younger brother.
Tom Wilson and Inez (née Chinchen) were godparents to me and my brothers and sister.
It would be wonderful to think the soldier on the porch of the pavilion could be Lewis or one of his brothers.
Thank you for posting these lovely photos, so many memories!
Added by Peter Cooper on 16 March 2015
My grandfather was William Ernest Hobden, Lewis's brother.
Added by Hilary Pearce on 30 January 2016
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