City mayor reopens Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club clubhouse after £50,000 revamp designed to keep bands warm in winter
The City’s cricket club is celebrating a £50,000 upgrade to its clubhouse which will mean better facilities for groups using it.
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club’s ‘winter heat’ project has seen the installation of solar heat pumps, double glazing, new blinds, full roof insulation with 50% planking and new laminate flooring .
The completion of the project was marked by the official reopening of the clubhouse on Friday evening by the Mayor of the Town of Sawbridgeworth, Cllr Greg Rattey.
Club chairman Andrew Meadmore told the India the project was funded by grants from Sawbridgeworth Town Council, Herts County Council, East Herts Council, Ngage (an organization that helps businesses meet the challenges of climate change), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and a loan from the Herts County Cricket Association.
Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club was formed by vicar Reverend Arthur Drummond Wilkins in 1862 and from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s had one of the strongest teams in the county. A benefit match for Essex cricketer Keith Fletcher in 1973 was watched by nearly 1,000 spectators.
Groups using the clubhouse include All Sorts Dementia Group which meets on Mondays and Thursdays and a Slimming World session which is held on Tuesday evenings.
Andrew said the reopening had gone very well and added that any bands wishing to rent the clubhouse should contact [email protected]
Cllr Rattey said: “It gave me great pleasure to open the newly refurbished cricket club. So many people don’t realize it’s there or it’s available for hire – I have the intention to change that.”