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PPF logo 327x125Buckhorn Weston Cricket Club is delighted to announce that Sport England has awarded it a major grant to enable the Club to commission a project to drain its cricket field.  The intention is that, subject to the outcome of a feasibility study, the work will be done after the end of this year’s playing season in readiness for the 2014 season.

 The work will consist of removing much of the impermeable clay under the playing area and replacing it with aggregate, so that the ground does not retain moisture to nearly the same extent as hitherto.

Because of the persistent wet weather during the summer of 2012 the Club had a disastrous season financially, with at least half of its fixtures having to be cancelled and the Summer Ball having to be hurriedly relocated to the Village Hall.  Not surprisingly, Sport England received many more applications for its Protecting Playing Fields funding than it was able to support;  we were told that more than 50% of applications were unsuccessful.  So congratulations to our Treasurer for having succeeded where many others failed;  Chris Sledge has now managed to pull in grants totalling over £100,000 for the development of the Club’s playing facilities.

 More news to follow as the project progresses  –  www.buckhornwestoncc.co.uk