Official opening for club’s new pavilion
Eastcote secured funding in grants and donations
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