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Henry Cooper and Muhammad Ali lend a hand to Marlborough boxers

Boxing legends Henry Cooper and Muhammad Ali will be helping pugilists in Marlborough to build their own gym.

Members of Marlborough Amateur Boxing Club have been renovating the sports pavilion in Elcot lane to create space that will host top class facilities for a local boxing gym.

Now members, with the assistance of the Queen's Head pub in St Martin's, Marlborough are holding a fundraising event to finance planning and building control applications.

The event will include an auction of unique local services as well as souvenirs from boxing legends like a signed picture of Henry Cooper knocking out Muhammad Ali.

Live entertainment, fun and games as well as a hog roast will all be part of the afternoon and evening activities. The event starts at 2pm on Sunday, December 18.

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Knockout approval for Marlborough Boxing Club’s pavilion project

Marlborough Boxing Club’s plans to bring back to life the dilapidated Old Pavilion, in Elcot Lane, received a pat on the back last night (Monday) from members of Marlborough town council’s Property Committee.

“I think what you’re doing is fabulous,” Councillor Richard Pitts told three members of the club involved in the renovation exercise, “I congratulate your efforts.”

And Councillor Andrew Ross, who chairs the Marlborough sports forum, agreed. “Very encouraging,” he said.

Club secretary Steve Hurst revealed that the club, founded in 2009, had now submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council for the project thanks to raising the necessary funds by staging a charity event.

Support to turn the eyesore building into a worthwhile project is now supported by the Amateur Boxing Association and the club has made an application for funding to Sport England.

“It’s been a long and challenging road,” added Steve. “We are looking forward to having the pavilion up to scratch and open for business by September or October.”

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Marlborough boxing club’s creation of a new gym backed by town council

Marlborough Amateur Boxing Club’s proposal to renovate the Old Pavilion, in Elcot Lane, into a new gym for its members has been given the support of the town council’s planning committee – despite opposition from neighbours.

The committee was told that Kevin Ellis, who lives in Barrow Close, had written to Wiltshire planners protesting that it was “grossly misleading” for the Boxing Club to suggest that neighbours were aware of their plans to renovate an otherwise derelict building.

“On the contrary, local residents are concerned about the impact of the use of the premises as a boxing gym, and also the suggestion that ‘other indoor sports and recreational activities’, which although not specified, will also be incorporated,” he protested.

But Councillor Peggy Dow told the committee: “We cannot reject this proposal.  We’ve been asking for this building to be upgraded for years.”

Councillor Nick Fogg declared: “This is a great initiative. I support it 100 per cent,” and property committee chairman Councillor Guy Loosmore added: “This is potentially a worthy asset for the town.  We should go forward with it.”

The committee agreed.

 

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