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The Club is very pleased to announce that Viridor Credits has awarded BWCC a grant of £30,000 from the Landfill Communities Fund.  Part of the tax paid by landfill operators is made available to support community projects, provided that the recipient body is located within 10 miles of a landfill site.

The money will be used to buy much needed replacement equipment:

  • A 3-unit trailed gang mower
  • A 3ft Auto-Roller
  • A new artificial strip for the playing area
  • New netting for the practice nets
  • 2 mesh sightscreens

The Club’s present maintenance equipment was getting very tired and unreliable, so the opportunity to replace the key items will be an enormous help  –  and relief  –  for those who work so tirelessly to keep the ground in good condition.  A very big thank you to Viridor for being willing to fund the purchase of items which some of the Sports funding bodies are reluctant to support.

We hope to have all the new items in place by April.


Construction of the perimeter drainage channel was carried out successfully by M J Abbott in May 2015 and the benefits have becomes apparent as the season progressed  –  the outfield has become much drier, it has recovered more quickly after heavy rain has fallen, and it has become easier to cut the grass.

As this work did not take up the whole amount of the grant, we have been able to ask M J Abbott Ltd. to carry out additional work.  In October the outfield was verti-drained, fertiliser was applied and the ground was overseeded.  Further verti-draining will take place before and after the 2016 playing season and in early 2017.  We now have authority from Sport England to use the balance of the grant to place additional drains in the south-west corner of the field where the ground level is lower and hence the ground tends to be slower to dry out.  We are currently awaiting a price for completing this work.

The Club wishes to reiterate its thanks to Sport England for putting us in a position to improve our drainage so substantially, to Total Turf Solutions Ltd. for the professional and attentive project management work, and to M J Abbott Ltd for the tidy and efficient way in which they carried out their work at the ground.

Chris S

For years Buckhorn Weston Cricket Club, whose ground is one of the most attractive and best equipped in the area, has had problems in periods of sustained wet weather.  The ground has clay topsoil overlying clay undersoil, and takes a very long time to dry out after heavy rain.  Games have had to be cancelled, even when no rain is falling, as the ground conditions have not been suitable for play. Now, thanks to a grant from Sport England under their Protecting Playing Fields programme, the Club hopes that its drainage problems are about to become a thing of the past.  A contract has been awarded to M J Abbott Ltd of Dinton, near Salisbury, to construct a perimeter catchment drain around the boundary of the cricket field.

The project has been designed by Total Turf Solutions Ltd. of Quinton Green, Northampton  –  a firm of turf agronomists appointed by Sport England  –  who are the project managers. ‘ Their advice to the Club has been that the best way to seek to prevent the ground from becoming saturated is to capture the moisture descending from higher ground and to disperse it so that it does not get on to the playing area.  M J Abbott Ltd hope to complete the work by the end of April 2015, and the Club expects to feel the benefit of the work during the 2015 season, which is just beginning.

Robin Hall, the Club’s Chairman, said: “We are very pleased that Sport England saw fit to back our application for funding for this project.  We know that many other Clubs, who were also affected by the extreme wet weather in 2012, applied for grants but were not successful.  This is quite a major piece of work which we would not have been able to achieve without help from a grant funding body.” Buckhorn Weston Cricket Club has a full schedule of fixtures for the 2015 season, including Ranston League games, Sunday league and friendly games and North Dorset and other youth cricket.  All are welcome to come to the ground to watch and support the Club.  Potential new players are also most welcome  –  phone Robin Hall on 01963 370357 or Malcolm Hooker on 01963 370086.

Chris Sledge

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

Buckhorn Weston CC has had yet more success in gaining grants to enable it to further improve the Club’s playing facilities and its coaching capabilities.

Sport England have given the Club a grant of £8,225 for the purchase of a set of three mobile covers, to protect the playing area when conditions are damp, and a bowling machine.  We hope to have the bowling machine available before the end of the current winter nets programme.  The covers will be delivered and assembled in April ready for the start of the outdoor playing season.

The Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, using funding provided by Comic Relief, have given the Club a grant of nearly £2,000 to pay for three of the Club’s senior players to attend Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses.

The Club gratefully acknowledges the financial help provided by both these bodies, and their support for our endeavours to provide top class playing facilities for our Club members and for visiting teams.

We have just heard that Sport England has awarded our Club £10,000 – the maximum under its Small Grants Programme – for the purchase and installation of a non-turf surface for the practice net area.

This means that, for the first time, we shall have a proper, safe, net area which can be used by players of all ages.  We intend to have the work done in March 2010 in readiness for the 2010 playing season.

 Chris Sledge, 3 Dec 2009