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As many members and supporters will know the club are planning to construct a new changing facility over the winter months.

The project has been instigated by Kate Cross to ensure that future generations of young players at Crimble have not only excellent facilities but also appropriate facilities. In particular the project will allow girls to change in a proper changing room and the new facility will be accessible for those with a disability.

The Bury CC facility that has been used as the template for our own

The Bury CC facility that has been used as the template for our own

Part of the finance for the new building is being raised by a “buy-a-brick” scheme via units of £5 per brick. (The new facility is a timber frame building but “buy-a-timber-frame” has less of a ring to it!)

A chart will be available on the club noticeboard from this weekend for people to add their name to the project and all those that donate will be recorded on a board within the new facility.

Kate is doing a sponsored event at the end of the summer to raise further funds but asks everyone to get involved in this aspect of the fundraising saying:

“Whilst a cricket ground consists of a clubhouse and the playing field, a cricket club is so much more than that. It is people, a culture, an environment that you grow up in and that shapes you as a person, something you are proud to be a part of.”

“I am incredibly proud to be part of Heywood Cricket Club and it is no exaggeration to say that without the opportunities I was afforded at Crimble I would not be in the position I am today. To see the Heywood family together at the recent dinner shows just what the club means to so many people and it is humbling to be a part of it all.”

“This project is my chance to give something back to a club that has given me so much and to ensure that the future generations at Heywood have the same chance that I did. I hope that you will support the project by buying as many bricks as you can and by encouraging others to do the same. Together we can make a real difference.”

The dinner that Kate refers to along with the sale of the anniversary brochures have already raised over £6,000 towards the project costs and the balance of the funding will be generated through the re-launch of the Member’s Loan Scheme.

Those that want to support the project should fill in their details on the chart on the notice board or contact Bobby on 01706 623513 or bobbycross@hotmail.com with your pledge of support.

Kate with (l-r) Emily Carter, Abi Henson & Olivia Thomas-Corns

Kate with (l-r) Emily Carter, Abi Henson & Olivia Thomas-Corns

As always the club committee thank you all for your support as we continue to seek to improve the club for the future.

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