Sir Tim Rice Opens Grampound Road CC's New Pavilion
Grampound Road Cricket Club celebrated the completion of their new £450,000 pavilion by inviting Sir Tim Rice to open it and an MCC side to play against them in a special game.
Ex-Somerset and England A wicket-keeper Rob Turner captained the MCC side after lyricist Rice, who is the club's patron, opened the pavilion.
The match was attended by first-class cricketers and representatives of the bodies that helped to fund the pavilion's construction.
It took three years of fund-raising, donations and funding from national bodies to get the project underway, including a £100,000 grant from the England & Wales Cricket Board and £47,000 from Sport England's 'Protected Playing Fields' initiative, funded by the National Lottery.
Explaining why the club was deserving of the money, ECB National Funding Manager Bruce Cruse said:
"Grampound Road Cricket Club deserves support due to the strength of the junior development programme and their special efforts to develop women’s and girls’ cricket.
"Investing in worthy projects such as this one allows cricket clubs to make their facilities as welcoming and accessible as possible to members, players and spectators.
Grampound Road Cricket Club treasurer David Dane added that the club regarded the grants as "an investment in cricket at the club in the future and it will be for the long term benefit of the local village community."
The pavilion now means the club has the very latest facilities at its disposal including state-of-the-art changing and showering areas as well as a social lounge area and bar, furnished by Trent Pottery & Furniture.
"We were delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile community project," Trent Pottery & Furniture director Rob Price said.
"We know that our furniture will be a good investment by the club because it is long lasting and durable so will be able to be used by the local community for many, many years to come."
Grampound Cricket Club now boasts nine teams and was the first club in Cornwall to host floodlit cricket.
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