Petanque court officially opens to public

PUBLISHED: 18:30 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 March 2015

The President of Devon Petanque Region, John Thatcher, and Honiton mayor, Peter Halse, cut the ribbon to Honiton's new Petanque Club and court. Ref mhh 1161-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The President of Devon Petanque Region, John Thatcher, and Honiton mayor, Peter Halse, cut the ribbon to Honiton's new Petanque Club and court. Ref mhh 1161-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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The petanque terrain at the Mountbatten Sports and Social Club was opened on Thursday, March 19.

The President of Devon Petanque Region, John Thatcher, and Honiton mayor, Peter Halse, cut the ribbon to Honiton's new Petanque Club and court. Ref mhh 1130-12-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonThe President of Devon Petanque Region, John Thatcher, and Honiton mayor, Peter Halse, cut the ribbon to Honiton's new Petanque Club and court. Ref mhh 1130-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A new petanque court has been opened in Honiton through hard work by East Devon District Council, Honiton Town Council and a local resident.

The petanque terrain at the Mountbatten Sports and Social Club was officially opened on Thursday, March 19, by John Thatcher, Devon regional president of the English Petanque Association.

Several residents who were already playing petanque elsewhere or were interested in the sport were also invited along to ‘baptise’ the new playing area.

Having a petanque playing area in Honiton was proposed by the local community after Honiton Town Council and EDDC asked community groups and others to put forward their ideas as to how £50,000 of sports funding should be spent in the town, of which £14,400 was spent on the court.

Honiton's new Petanque club. Ref mhh 1164-12-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonHoniton's new Petanque club. Ref mhh 1164-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The money was accumulated from recent Honiton housing developments.

Resident Chris Bigmore put forward the idea of a petanque playing area.

Councillor Peter Halse, Mayor of Honiton, said: “The town council was pleased to assist Chris in delivering a petanque pitch right here in Honiton. Some of these dedicated players were travelling many miles in order to be able to play so to have something on their doorstep will really help and hopefully encourage more to join.”

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