Beaulieu CC receive funding from Lord's Taverners for non-turf pitch
It was a perfect summer’s evening on Tuesday 24 June at Beaulieu cricket ground for the official opening of the extended and refurbished pavilion, which was attended by a large gathering of members, supporters and friends of the club.
The Chairman, Ian Bowman, related that for some years the club had been applying to obtain funding to replace the old pavilion. Two years ago he received a telephone call from the Inspired Facilities branch of Sport England and was informed that our application had been successful and we would receive a grant of £50,000 towards an extension. Inspired Facilities’ slogan is “Places People Play” and its aim is to provide facilities for people to play sport as part of the Olympic legacy.
He thanked all those who had been involved with the project and the recent refurbishment of the original building. We now have extremely good facilities which meet the needs of our adult and junior players. In addition, funding was obtained from the Lords’ Taverners, Hampshire Cricket Youth Foundation, Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation and the Leader Fund, which is administered by the NFDC, for a non-turf pitch. This was installed a year ago and is primarily used by the colts for both practice and match days.
Ian then invited the Hon. Ralph Montagu to officially open the building. He said he was delighted to be asked to do this and considered the cricket club to be a vital component of village life and was impressed with the successful progress of the club in recent years. After declaring the clubhouse open, the guests were treated to a typical cricket tea provided by the colts’ Mums and they also were able to inspect the new facilities.
The colts played a limited overs game watched by parents and guests and the evening concluded with a barbecue which was much enjoyed by all.
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