Uffington Cricket Club
Address: Greatford Road, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 4SR
Phone: 07508 198644
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Uffington is a thriving village just one mile to the east of the stunning Georgian town of Stamford in the south west corner of Lincolnshire. This is where the four counties of Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Lincolnshire all meet, therefore there is plenty of opportunity to play all standards of cricket in the area.
Uffington Cricket Club was formed way back in 1858 and over the years it has moved a few times, but the club has enjoyed its present idyllic location just outside the village for almost 50 years now.
In fact it has enjoyed it so much that the current club members and associates have spent the last two years raising the funds for, and building, a brand new pavilion.
Having enjoyed two promotions in two years from Rutland League five to Rutland League three the club reached a point three years ago where the old school mobile classrooms which formed the pavilion were no longer sufficient. So, drawing on help from all angles, more than 50,000 pounds was raised and the new pavilion now sits in pride of place just on the edge of ‘cow corner’ at the village end.
With regular players coming from all walks of life (farmers, pub landlords, journalists, teachers, surveyors and international businessmen to name a few) the club reflects the diverse nature of employment in the area and now also boasts a thriving junior section.
There are often more than 50 juniors at training on a Wednesday night and the social side of the club has only been enhanced by the new pavilion. More and more village residents have become involved with the club in recent years and these strong bonds between the village and the club are vital for long term success. Indeed ‘lads and dads’ or ‘very friendly’ cricket proved to be a very popular new development last season. This form of the game only takes a couple of hours and the rules ensure everyone gets a chance to bat and bowl for a few overs. It’s the perfect way to encourage newcomers to the sport and to coax back a few people who may have played years ago.
The season coming in 2015 represents another new challenge for this ambitious little cricket club, as they will also be putting a second team into Rutland League Seven. This significant step is another example of how a small group of determined club members can help a village cricket club move forward in the 21st century. There are few better spots to spend a summer’s afternoon, with the village church spire forming a quintessential backdrop, the noise of leather on willow and the sound of laughter at a happy club. Why not join in?