Jubilee Reading Room,
99 The Causeway
BURWELL Cambridge CB25 0DU
Tel: 01638 743 142
Burwell Parish Council provide and maintain a number of play grounds, open spaces and areas around the village. An overview of each is provided herein.
Jubilee Green has a variety of play equipment for younger children and an open field area for ball games. The area was purchased by the Parish Council in 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee hence the name Jubilee Green. The field can be accessed from Parsonage Lane or from Hall Lane.
Margaret Field is a large open area off Heath Road which also contains play apparatus for older children. It is often used for football and cricket training. The field was left to the parish by Col. O'Calloghan in memory of his wife, Margaret. The play equipment was added by the Parish Council at a later date, purchased with the help of Hastoe Housing Association as part of the planning agreement for the Barkways development.
The Recreation Ground can be found off Hythe Lane, turning right over Hythe Bridge by the Lode. Facilities include a number of football pitches and a pavilion with changing rooms. A car park is situated by the entrance. The area also has a skateboard/BMX park and swings for younger children. The Recreation Ground was purchased by the Parish in 1899 at a cost of £240.
Westhorpe Play Area can be found at the junction of Westhorpe, Martin Road and
Hawthorn Way. The area holds a large variety of play equipment and also some open space for ball games.
Spring Close is a large open space which contains the earthworks of Burwell Castle. The walls of the castle are no longer standing. The area was purchased by the Parish Council for the village in 1983 to protect it from inappropriate use and is maintained as an amenity site for local residents. The area has many access points with easily accessible gates in Mandeville, behind the church, and Spring Close,the road which runs alongside the open land.
Acting mainly as a meadowland walk through to the Millennium Wood, Priory Meadow was purchased by the Parish Council in 1996 to replace open land lost to the village and also to protect the open aspect of the area. The land also holds a weather monitor operated by Delta T Devices, situated nearby. Access to the land is through Priory Close or through Millennium Wood.
An open nature reserve, Pauline's Swamp was donated to the village in 2006 by the Hawes Family in memory of wife and mother, Pauline Hawes. The area has a large pond and information boards documenting some of the wildlife and plants to be found there. Entrance to the Swamp is off Reach Road behind the industrial estate.
There are a number of open area around the village that are maintained by the Parish Council. These are:
Pound Hill - the area which houses the village sign and red telelphone box. This was once the site of the annual Village Feast and the pound for lost animals. It is now an attractive entrance to the centre of the village for travellers coming from the Newmarket direction.
Kingfisher Drive - this riverside and central area of grass came as part of the new housing land and was taken over by request of the developers.
Hatley Drive - the riverside area is maintained as an attravtive walkway - no ball games are allowed.
Mill Close - green area in the centre of the close.