Mawdesley Cricket Club opened its new Pavilion at the weekend and over 200 people, made up of senior and junior players, ex players and local residents who had supported the club in raising the funds to build the pavilion, attending a Coffee morning hosted by the club.
Bobby Denning and Paul Bryson from the Lancashire County Cricket Board also attended.
The Pavilion, designed by local architect Martin Boardman, cost £237,000 to build, has been funded with grant of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund and with a grant of £55,500 and a loan of £46,000 from the England and Wales Cricket Board Trust.
The club provided over £90,000 itself including donations resulting from a Pavilion 50 appeal it ran which contributed £31,000 from players past, present and future as well as local Mawdesley residents.
The club also received a significant contribution from a bequest from the estate of Bert Moss, a long term Club member, after whom the Long Room in the Pavilion has been named.
Numerous other business and organisations supported the project including the Ward Blenkinsop Trust, GAB Robins UK Ltd, Wienerberger UK and Speedy Hire plc. Grants were also provided by Mawdesley Parish Council and the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield cricket league.
Paul Steadman, the club’s chairman, thanked everyone who had been associated with the project including all the principle building contractors involved in the construction including the main contractor NRS Ltd from Warrington, Maple Timber Frame from Garstang and Technical Building Services from Burscough on building such a fine pavilion.
The formal opening of the Pavilion will take place later in the year on Friday, July 11 when the club are hosting an exhibition match between a Mawdesley Select XI and an ex England Masters XI being fielded by the Professional Cricketers Association.
The PCA have confirmed to date that Mark Ramperkash, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Alex Tudor have all indicated their availability to play.
For more information on the day and how to apply for tickets to watch the game please visit the club website http://mawdesley.