Arson attack cricket club pavilion to rise from the ashes

PUBLISHED: 11:21 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 06 May 2010

The devastated cricket club pavilion after last year's fire

The devastated cricket club pavilion after last year's fire

A CRICKET pavilion gutted in an arson attack a-year-ago will rise from the ashes thanks to grants totalling £3,500 secured by two local councillors. Wheathampstead Cricket Club had just renovated the pavilion on Nomansland Common when it was all but destr

A CRICKET pavilion gutted in an arson attack a-year-ago will rise from the ashes thanks to grants totalling £3,500 secured by two local councillors.

Wheathampstead Cricket Club had just renovated the pavilion on Nomansland Common when it was all but destroyed in last April's blaze.

Not only was it completely gutted, the club also lost team photos and other historical club memorabilia in the fire.

Although the pavilion was insured, the cricket club did not have enough money to meet the prohibitive costs of refurbishing the building.

But on discovering the club were struggling, Wheathampstead district councillor Judy Shardlow and parish councillor Annie Brewster stepped in.

Cllr Shardlow approached the district council's Grants Panel which has now given the club £2,000 and Cllr Brewster directed £1,500 from the parish council's youth budget to help the cause.

Keith Martin, the cricket club chairman, said: "This means we can rebuild the pavilion to a good standard and we will now be able to include toilet facilities for wheelchair users which we did not have before. We also need to refurbish our nets and create a safer playing surface for younger members of the club. We hope that our improved facilities will attract new members."

Cllr Shardlow said: "Cricket on Nomansland Common is an intrinsic part of Wheathampstead village life and enjoyed by local people. Many people in this district live busy lives yet activities like village cricket and the tranquillity of Nomansland Common provide valuable relaxation and community spirit."

Cllr Brewster added: "This family friendly club is a tremendous asset to the village, particularly the thriving colts section, and we are delighted to be able to assist in the replacing of essential youth equipment.

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