Of­fi­cial open­ing for club’s new pav­il­ion

East­cote se­cured fund­ing in grants and do­na­tions

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EAST­COTE Cricket Club has un­veiled a £241,000 new pav­il­ion paid for through grants and do­na­tions from mem­bers.

The club were cer­tainly per­sua­sive in se­cur­ing grants, with Eng­land and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) putting in £70,000 plus an in­ter­est free loan of £27,000 to­wards the cost of the new chang­ing rooms.

Other do­na­tions came from Sport Eng­land and the Mayor of Lon­don’s Fund, who both gave £50,000 and Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don’s Chrysalis Fund (£26,000). Do­na­tions from mem­bers and fundrais­ing pro­vided the bal­ance.

The club also won praise from the Mid­dle­sex Cricket Board for the strength of its ju­nior sec­tion and its sup­port for women and girls’ cricket.

Peter Tilsed, re­spon­si­ble for strate­gic de­vel­op­ment at the club, said: “We were re­ally de­lighted to re­ceive such sub­stan­tial grants in sup­port of our pro­ject and we re­alise that we are very for­tu­nate to be able to build a new pav­il­ion es­pe­cially in view of the gen­eral eco­nomic cli­mate.

“Be­cause the cricket ground is lo­cated in a con­ser­va­tion area, with at­trac­tive sur­round­ings, we took great care over the aes­thetic ap­pear­ance of the pav­il­ion and we are very pleased with the out­come.”

Mr Tilsed said the fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude two new chang­ing rooms with in­te­gral toi­lets, shower ar­eas and ded­i­cated area um­pires, would ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

The build­ing was opened by Nick Hurd MP and ex-Eng­land and Mid­dle­sex crick­eter An­gus Fraser on June 20.

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n OF­FI­CIAL: Nick Hurd MP and ex-Eng­land and Mid­dle­sex crick­eter An­gus Fraser open the new pav­il­ion at East­cote Cricket Club Time­less Photos

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