Lenches Amphitheater to open after funding from Wychavon


Work on an amphitheater in the Vale of Evesham is nearing completion.

Work began on the 250-seater arena, on the grounds of Lenches Sports and Recreation Club, in March 2020.

Disruptions caused by bad weather and the pandemic have delayed construction, but now it looks like it should open in the summer.

Patrick Twist, club secretary, said: “There have been significant challenges over the past two years but it is a testament to the hard work of the project team and the local community that we have been able to overcome them and soon we will be able to enjoy the finished amphitheater.

The project saw the slope behind the club’s tennis courts transformed into a terraced seating area

The project saw the slope behind the club’s tennis courts transformed into a terraced seating area, with the existing pavilion extended to include a changing room, green room, costume area and storage facility.

It is hoped that the venue will create new opportunities for theater, dance, music and outdoor sports performances.

The Lenches Cricket Club and the Greater Lenches Amateur Dramatic Society are just two of the groups that will benefit from the project.

Chris Seabourne, Chairman of South Lenches Parish Council, said: “We are delighted with the new opportunities the amphitheater will bring to Lenches and the wider community.

“Sports teams, artists and spectators will all benefit greatly.”

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Evesham Journal: A visualization of Lenches AmphitheaterA visualization of the Lenches amphitheater

In 2019, Wychavon District Council supported the project with a community grant of £95,000.

The Community Legacy Grant program aims to support investment projects that meet local needs and have lasting benefit.

Since its launch in 2018, almost £3million has been committed to 27 different projects across the district, such as the new village hall in Whittington and the refurbishment of the Evesham Lock Island building.

Councilor Rob Adams, Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport, said: “The Community Legacy Grant program has been a great success, and it’s just another example of the difference the investment makes in Wychavon.”


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