Pavilion update

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in News, Pavilion | Comments Off on Pavilion update

The pavilion is still scheduled to be completed on 20th May – if the weather remains kind. We are making arrangements to accommodate senior and junior training and matches prior to this date, and ground-works around the pavilion will certainly continue after this date.

Since our previous newsletter we have received confirmation of further grants from:

  • Thomas Cook Children’s Charity – grant of £5,400 to provide parking, access and further disabled facilities
  • Awards 4 All – grant of £10,000 towards the fit out of the kitchen
  • Marstons – loan and support towards the provision of bar equipment

The club is very grateful to Jeremy Downham, a recently appointed Trustee, who has assisted in updating the club’s trustee and land title documentation, a pre-requisite to our being able to draw down a loan offered by the ECB for £25,000.

As I have consistently advised, the club has been facing a funding shortfall, principally as a result of the unanticipated cost of piling and bridging the Roman Road that runs through our site. Given recent receipts, including life membership subscriptions, 150 Club membership and a number of pledges of support the challenge has reduced to approximately £50,000. The grants detailed above will significantly enhance the facility and its setting, but do not relate to the underlying building and therefore do not directly impact the projected shortfall.

The committee are exploring ways to source funds or to bridge the current funding gap, and are delighted by the initiative of the junior section in using the crowd funder website for their ‘Roman Road Roof Tile Raffle’.

This is well worth a visit, if only to admire the acting and speaking abilities of our junior members – with guest appearances by well-known celebrities!!

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