Henley Cricket Club have put their joint South Oxfordshire District (SODC) and Henley Town Council grants of £54K to very good use to resurface their car park and driveway and to purchase some new ground maintenance equipment.
Each Council gave the club £27k and they have spent this on a new permeable tarmac surface for their car park and driveway up to the pavilion, a specialised cricket square mower with attachments (brush, slitter, spikes and scarifier), a proper cricket drive on auto roller and a Variseeder.
John Nelson, President, Roger Garfath, Vice Chair and David Winter, Fundraising & Sponsorship Chairman of Henley Cricket Club showed off the new investments yesterday morning to Paul Harrison, Chair of SODC and Henley Mayor, Councillor Julian Brookes and Mayor Elect, Councillor Will Hamilton at the Remenham ground.
David Winter said,”We have wanted to do the driveway for years, it was costing us between £3/4,000 a year to just maintain the horrible old one. We needed to install permeable tarmac as we are on the flood plain. Every year we have also spent money on our machinery to maintain it. Our previous roller was an old road one – we have passed this one on to Nettlebed Cricket Club. The new equipment will enable us to do all of the maintenance work ourselves now instead of paying contractors.”
Councillor Hamilton said, “The Town Council grant is a commitment to giving all levels of cricket the best facilities across the town.”
“Henley Cricket Club is a community asset and is not used just for cricket. SODC gave the grant so it would allow for a much needed improvement to the driveway so that more groups could continue to use the pavilion all year round, making it more sustainable in the long term,” said, Paul Harrison.