West Clewes & The Limited Company

The recreation ground at West Clewes has a rich history having been the home of Welton Rovers since they were formed in 1887 at a time when football was a major interest to the miners of the North Somerset coalfield and their families.

In 1923 Welton Rovers went into liquidation and the ground was purchased by the Miners Welfare Trust to enable football to continue and give exercise and enjoyment to the many miners who played for or watched the club, as well as keeping this open green space available for the use of the community.

Welton Rovers continued to use the pitch at West Clewes under the same 1923 arrangements with the Miners Welfare Trust until 1971 when the remaining trustees decided to transfer the groun to the care of the Norton-Radstock Urban District Council. They insisted on the condition that Welton Rovers would be allowed to use the pitch at a reasonable rate of rent.

Rovers and the West Clewes site saw Councils change regularly from 1971 until Midsomer Norton Town Council took over the trustee responsibilities in 2011, under the Midsomer Norton Recreation Ground Trust. A new twenty year lease was signed in 2011 and the Council focused their efforts on developing the facility to maximise its potential for as many people as possible whilst maintaining and enhancing its core use by the football club. Under the terms of the new lease Welton Rovers FC Limited pays rent to the Council on a quarterly basis amounting to £3,000 per annum.

Steve Plumley sits on the board of Welton Rovers not as an individual but as the representative of the Midsomer Norton Recreation Ground Trust.

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The Limited Company Welton Rovers FC Limited (00866849) was formed on 17 December 1965 in order to protect the club memb

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