Gyms around the country were allowed to reopen on April 12th following the easing of lockdown restrictions. We would have liked to have joined them after the Parish Council's insurers agreed that we could keep the gym open while the monitoring of the building's stability takes place over the coming months.
However, because of the damage to the pavilion caused by a vehicle last month, the Parish Council is currently waiting for a builder's report/quote and the subsequent response from the insurance company before a decision can be made on what repair work needs to be done and for how long.
Thankfully, we should be looking at weeks rather than months before we can announce a definite return, so please watch this space for further news.
Although gyms nationwide may be able to reopen from April 12th, we are sorry to announce that Leafield Community Gym will sadly have to remain closed. This is because of the worsening state of cracks in the building which has led to exploratory work to look for possible subsidence. Equipment has been installed to check the stability of the pavilion but, unfortunately, this movement monitoring is expected to take at least six months before a report can be made on the future of the pavilion.
In the meantime, insurers for the Parish Council, which owns the building, won't allow the gym to resume until they are satisfied it is safe to do so. We have looked at relocating within the local area, but no suitable locations have yet been found, although we are considering all options.
This latest news, following on from a series of lockdowns caused by Coronavirus, is a massive blow for all of us connected with the gym. The situation wasn't helped recently when a vehicle accidentally hit the front of the pavilion, causing further damage to the building.
It has been an extremely disappointing and frustrating 12 months for everyone connected with the gym. We must continue to show the patience already displayed over the past 12 months of lockdown and keep fingers crossed for a reopening later in the year.
Watch this space for updates on the likely reopening date and progress of the building work.
Owing to a third round of Government lockdown measures, we sadly had to close the gym again on December 26th. We have no idea how long this closure will last, but we will let members know when we are allowed to reopen and when the online booking process will become available again.
The ending of the Government's second lockdown meant that we could reopen on December 2nd. The online booking process is up and running and all members will have up to the full 27 days of closure added on to their membership terms.
Owing to the Government's latest lockdown measures, we sadly had to close the gym again on November 5th until at least December 2nd. We will reopen as soon as we possibly can, so watch this space for news on when that will happen and when the online booking process will become available again.
The gym was finally able to reopen on August 8th after 140 days of lockdown closure. To ensure the safety of our members, the cleaning of the pavilion has been stepped up from weekly to three times a week, with members also expected to play their part by cleaning equipment they have used. For the time being, we have an online booking process, which enables us to operate without requiring social distancing. For full details see our Covid-19 Guidelines page.
Sadly, the gym has been forced to close based on government advice. We are constantly reassessing the situation with a view to reopening as soon as possible.
The Beast burst the water pipes in the pavillion causing the entire building to be flooded. The gym had to close for a few weeks while the building dried out and the carpet could be replaced.
A number of members attended over two sessions to learn and practice new exercises set by Nikki.
Leafield Community Gym was opened in February 2015 by David Cameron
The gym is located in what was the football pavillion. This building remained empty for a few years so required extensive refurbishment.