March Town Cricket Club unveil newly-renovated pavilion bar after £12,000 grant

PUBLISHED: 10:56 06 December 2011

Chairman Les Mills, left, and life member Norman Alterton with the cheque from WREN.

Chairman Les Mills, left, and life member Norman Alterton with the cheque from WREN.


MARCH Town Cricket Club has unveiled its newly-renovated pavilion bar after securing a grant of more than £12,000.

Members got their first chance to inspect the refurbishment on Friday as 80 people enjoyed a cheese and wine evening.

Chairman Les Mills and life member Norman Alterton, who has been involved with the club for more than 50 years, opened the new lounge area, which features new furniture and carpeting.

The refurbishment was launched thanks to a grant of £12,090 from WREN, which administers funding on behalf of the Waste Recycling Group, operators of the March landfill site.

Mr Mills said: “Our pavilion was built in 1939 and an extension added in 1984. The bar/lounge area was looking very old fashioned and tired.

“We are delighted to receive the grant towards the refurbishment. It will be ideal for our members and all the other sports clubs and other local organisations which use the facilities throughout the year.

“Our ground and wicket has won several awards and is regarded by many as one of the best in Cambridgeshire. The pavilion is now of a similar high standard and our thanks go to WREN and their Grants Manager Sarah Gosling for her support of our application.”

Mike Snell, from the Waste Recycling Group, said: “The funding for this refurbishment which has been awarded by WREN, will create a real hub for the local community to come together.

“WRG`s business is all about helping people to improve their communities in a sustainable way and this newly-refurbished pavilion is a great example.

“We hope many people enjoy it for years to come. Sports clubs’ facilities are such an important part of building community spirit and can really help families build connections and friendships in their neighbourhood.”

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