With the new cricket season set to start, it could be a memorable summer for Amersham Cricket Club in more ways than one.
That’s because a £65,000 revamp of the club’s pavilion is due to be completed shortly after the first ball of the 2021 campaign is bowled.
The work has been made possible after the club applied for a grant from the HS2 Community and Business Funds so work could be carried out on the wooden building at the Shardeloes Country Estate in the Old Town.
Chairman Ian Rogers said the funding will be used to replace the roof and cladding and will also see new doors and windows installed.
Speaking before the work was completed, Ian said he is sure it will have a positive impact on the club.
He added: “We won’t know whether HS2 will be the right thing until it is built but they ought to be supporting local clubs and businesses so they are supporting us. Having a nice pavilion will attract more people. There’s a footpath next to us so a lot of people will walk past and hopefully they will stop in and say hello.”
The new season is due to start on April 17 and although restrictions look set to remain in place until June, Ian said everyone at the club can’t wait to get going.
He explained: “We can’t use the changing room, members will have to turn up ready to play and we can’t provide teas. But we can play cricket and restrictions will ease so we are looking forward to a full season.”
Ian said he believes the club will play a role in helping life return to normal in the town.
He commented: “We’re going from strength to strength and a beautiful new pavilion will make a big difference to our outward appearance.”
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