Mike Brearley to open new cricket pavilion
A new chapter in the history of Brentham Cricket Club will begin this Sunday with the official opening of the club’s new pavilion.
Brentham CC Vice-President, England Ashes-winning captain, and former MCC President Mike Brearley OBE, cricket presenter and journalist Simon Hughes, and Ealing North MP Steven Pound will be among those forming the unveiling party for the new facility.
Before the official unveiling there will be a Colts tournament from 10.30am with the official opening planned for 12pm. As part of the opening, Roses will be planted outside the pavilion in memory of James Pettifer and Roger Kingdon, two club stalwarts who have passed away in recent years. There will then follow a chance for guests to explore the new pavilion before a reception in the main clubhouse building. At around 1pm an inter-club match will begin involving current playing members (weather permitting).
The original pavilion was built in 1958, with a conservatory style gallery added in the early 1990’s. The modernisation project, which has only been made possible due to substantial grants from Sport England and Suez, will provide disabled access, a disabled and female toilet, and a separate changing room for umpires. In addition, the dilapidated gallery has been replaced together with extensions of the dressing rooms on either side.
David Bloomfield, President of Cricket Club, stated that: “As one of the leading clubs in Middlesex we must offer modern conditions and standards for both our members and the visiting teams. Our Pavilion has been a concern for several years now and the award by National Lottery funding from Sport England enables us to undertake the much-needed improvements and present a proper face to the cricketing world. Running a club like ours requires a lot of upkeep. We want to offer people a first-rate experience and thanks to grants like this, it makes that objective possible.”
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities fund is a helping hand to thousands of community sports projects across the country. No club is immune to wear and tear, and this fund recognises the tremendous work they do in helping local people keep active. I am delighted that thanks to the National Lottery we have been able to help so many clubs.”
Pete Sessions of SUEZ Communities Trust added “Volunteers at Brentham Cricket Club have worked extremely hard to make this project possible. We’re thrilled to have been able to award funding which will enable the club house to be improved and modernise – benefitting the club’s many users for many years to come. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding is celebrating its 20th year and in that time, has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”