The Friends of The Memorial Ground group is being set up to ensure a fitting future for the Memorial Ground. The Friends will promote a positive, community use for the site, in keeping with its history and what it is for.
Whilst the plan to bulldoze the site to build a supermarket has been abandonned, there is again uncertainty about the future of Memorial Ground, which could be threatened by yet another proposal to change its purpose.
• The purpose and function of the land is as a place of remembrance for Bristol rugby players killed in both world wars, including three hundred in the First World War.
• The sportsmen are remembered through sport.
• The sports ground war memorial was intended to inspire Bristolians.
• The Covenant on the land, restricts its use to sport or recreation.
The Jordanian banking family who now own Bristol Rovers FC and the Memorial Ground, are determined to build a new stadium for the club at UWE. The owners are fabulously wealthy, so the justification for an enabling scheme (selling the Memorial Ground to pay for a new stadium) to benefit the previously cash-strapped football club, no longer applies. The owners have duties as the custodians of a war memorial and sport heritage site. The war memorial is not brown field development land.
Bristol Rovers team and manager are to be congratulated on a tremendous season, winning promotion to League One in a thrilling way, in the last minutes of the last game.
The Bishopston Society has produced an online survey, so please give your views via this new online survey now available here on this website asking how the community might benefit from the Memorial Ground, which was listed by Bristol City Council as an 'Asset of Community Value'. Please do contribute your ideas. The land was donated to trustees of the Bristol Rugby Club by a local benefactor – and Bristolians paid for the construction works. The Memorial Ground was (and could continue to be) the pride of our community.
For further information, please see https://memorialgroundbristol.wordpress.com/.
The Friends of the Memorial Ground can be contacted via .