New Uffington Cricket Club pavilion is opened

President's wife Jane Naylor opens the new pavilion at Uffington Cricket Club. EMN-140826-145950001
President's wife Jane Naylor opens the new pavilion at Uffington Cricket Club. EMN-140826-145950001

Village cricketers are enjoying life in modern new facilities after their £50,000 pavilion was officially declared open.

Uffington Cricket Club held a ceremony on Monday last week to celebrate the opening of their new building.

Despite a wet and windy weather forecast the club was delighted to welcome more than 100 supporters and friends to enjoy the ceremony and a barbecue.

And the rain even held off for a few minutes so the president’s wife Jane Naylor could do the honours and cut the ribbon.

Fundraising committee chairman Dean Cornish made a speech thanking everyone who worked so hard to bring the project to fruition.

The club initially aimed to raise £15,000 to build a basic pavilion but, thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, more than £50,000 was raised and the new pavilion is now fully operational.

Members and supporters took part in a five-day, 500-mile sponsored cycle to raise money. Supporters were also able to help the cause by buying memorial bricks for the new building.

After the opening ceremony a memorial bell was unveiled in honour of Darren Crush, a much loved club member who sadly passed away in 2012.

The club is looking to increase the number of teams next year. Anyone who would like to play can contact secretary John Burton for more information by e-mailing johnburton71@hotmail.com.