IJF plans to build Jack’s House next year

Jack Berry at Malton site

Jack Berry’s retirement dream moves a step closer to reality with discussions between the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and landowners in Malton in the next few days. Berry is the figurehead for plans to provide a rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys in the north of England.

The IJF has long had a particular site in mind for the development, which will be called Jack Berry House, although it’s working title in The House That Jack Built. It looks likely now that Ryedale District Council will give the go-ahead, and after an extensive consultation period the IJF will be in a position to submit a formal planning application this autumn.

Before construction work can begin, the IJF has to wait for an archaeological dig on the site, and arrange an extensive traffic survey to satisfy planning regulations. Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the IJF said, “I’m meeting Mark Nicholson, agent for the owners of the site, The Fitzwilliam Trust, next week, and we’ll be going back to the planners the week after that, so things are moving forward. If everything goes to plan, building work will get under way next year.”

Jack Berry has already helped raise a substantial amount of money towards the costs of the project, which will have broadly similar facilities to those at Oaksey House in Lambourn. The latest activity is one many football clubs have included in the development of their new stadium; the opportunity for people to buy and name a brick which will be built into one of the gable ends or pathways. At £50 a brick that’s not a bad way to say thanks for all the pleasure we’ve had from racing and to help out jockeys when they are recovering from injury.

There’s more information for anyone interested at http://www.injuredjockeys.co.uk/jacks-house.asp

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