History of Rowheath Pavilion

Rowheath Pavilion was opened by Cadbury’s in 1924, originally designed as a changing facility and Clubhouse, with extensive parkland for the benefit of the Cadbury workers. Through the years it has changed for good and bad, with the most major of changes going to happen with your help through the Life and Play project.

When it first opened the facilities provided by Cadbury Brothers at Rowheath were a major feature of the expanded estate. It was built as a changing facility and clubhouse for the many acres of sports playing fields, the bowling greens, and the fishing lake.

    Timeline

  • In 1924 Rowheath Pavilion was opened by Cadbury's. A ceremony for the opening of the Pavilion took place. There were hundreds of people from the community, officials from the city, marquees, food and fun to mark the occasion.

  • The Lido was provided in 1937 for the healthy recreation of the Cadbury employees and their families. However the Lido was closed in the 1970’s due to Health and Safety regulations and noise complaints and the land was given over to housing.

  • Over the next few years the Pavilion building itself fell into disrepair and for a while in the 1980’s it was actually closed down. The bandstands were also lost in the 1980’s due to vandalism.

  • Rowheath came under threat of being sold off due to the vandalism, declining use and cost of upkeep. In the end, after endless discussions and public outcry, part of the grounds were sold to Birmingham City Council for housing and another plot was developed by the Trust.

  • In 1984 Rowheath Pavilion was taken under management by Rowheath Centre Trust and gradually re-opened. Between 1984 and 2003 Rowheath Pavilion struggled to survive.

  • In 1997 The Pavilion Christian Community (previously known as Trinity Christian Centre) took over the management of Rowheath Pavilion and signed a lease in 2003 to formalise the management agreement.

  • Today we start a new chapter in Rowheath's timeline. To be a part of history get involved in the Life and Play Project!

“The Pavilion also hosted elaborate balls and dinners, and the whole area was designed for the benefit of the Cadbury workers and their families”

Today we start a new chapter in Rowheath’s timeline. To be a part of history get involved in the Life and Play Project!

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