Mar 212016
Fence painting in 2012

Fence painting in 2012

HEYWOOD Cricket Club is appealing for people to rally round on Saturday, April 2, for an annual event which has become a vital part of the pre-season build-up.

The inaugural NatWest CricketForce day in 2012 saw an army of members and volunteers descend on Crimble to carry out vital work to the ground, surrounds and pavilion.

The occasion is now a traditional curtain-raiser to the new season, and this year comes a fortnight before the Club’s first game in the Greater Manchester Cricket League – at home to Glossop on April 16.

CricketForce will again be sponsored by NatWest and food will be provided for all volunteers, with work getting under way from 9am.

Chairman John Rhodes said: “This has become an important day in our calendar and the more people who turn up the less time the jobs will take.

“Numbers have understandably dwindled since that first CricketForce effort. Now we want to see Heywood Cricket Club again becoming a hive of activity on the day, with a feeling of community spirit, and help ensure that Crimble remains the envy of other clubs.

Scenes from 2012 NatWest Cricketforce

Scenes from 2012 NatWest Cricketforce

“We are hoping that members, supporters and families will make it not just a productive day but an enjoyable one. For example, youngsters helped whitewash the perimeter wall in no time back in 2012 and it would be excellent if something like that that could happen again.”

Other jobs on the agenda  include:

+ Painting sightscreens.

+ Staining fences around the patio and on Fox’s bank.

+ Staining picnic tables on the patio.

+ Painting bench supports around the ground.

+ Repairing potholes on the car park.

+ Power washing the plastic seats in front of club.

+ Rebuilding the covers.

+ Tidying the artificial nets and refixing the netting.

+ Weeding the flower bed near the gate.

+ Cleaning, painting and cementing the terracing in front of the club.

+ Cleaning and painting the changing rooms.

+ Removing benches and slats from storage and placing them around the ground.

+ Portacabin to be cleaned and painted.

The club will ensure that sufficient paint, woodstain, gloves and other tools are available on the day.


Mar 312013

rob11129There was an excellent turn out, great team spirit and loads achieved at Heywood CC’s 2013 Natwest Cricketforce Day at Crimble. Although nothing like the grand event of last year, close to 100 people came and contributed to efforts to get the ground shipshape for the coming season. Chief among the jobs were painting the Click here for more ….

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Jan 232013

nathanHEYWOOD Cricket Club are planning to replicate the success of last year’s NatWest CricketForce showcase day. The event backed by the banking giants and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saw an army of volunteers help to transform the Crimble playing area, its surrounds and the clubhouse. The feelgood factor that the day engendered Click here for more ….

Nov 182012

THE year 2012 will be remembered by many for various reasons – not least at Heywood Cricket Club. It was a year when most of the country found themselves in a financial struggle, with no immediate end to the recession in sight. It was a year of poor weather, particularly for cricket lovers who saw Click here for more ….

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Apr 072012

April 4 Big thanks to Plumbase for all their donations towards the ladies’ toilets, which are now looking great. April 3 John Ogden is down today to skim the ceilings in both toilets ready for painting later in the week. April 2 Keith Caveney and Tom Cross are finishing the fencing on the patio this Click here for more ….

Apr 042012

fencpaint18BY STEVE MCHUGH: A FRANCTIC effort to set a record in painting a perimeter wall, putting the finishing touch to the newly extended Bob O’Keefe patio, completing the refurbished ladies toilet area. They were just some of the jobs undertaken on NatWest CricketForce day at Crimble. One of the highlights was an army of volunteers Click here for more ….

Apr 032012

crickf39WHAT a great place! That was the message from some of the sport’s biggest names on a memorable NatWest CricketForce day at Heywood Cricket Club. More than 350 seniors and juniors gave Crimble a vibrant atmosphere as many renovation jobs were carried out, to give the ground a sparkling facelift in preparation for the new Click here for more ….

Apr 022012

A few quotes sent to me from Bobby that he picked up on Saturday from Crimble. Superb stuff, especially the final one from Bumble …. Stephen Moore: “You would love to play your club cricket here every weekend.” Mike Gatting: “I have never known as many people stay behind after one of these events and Click here for more ….

Apr 022012

After a day spent recovering, here are the final pictures to round up a magnificent effort on NatWest Cricketforce Day 2012 at Crimble on Saturday. Hundreds of people grafted all day on a variety of jobs and their work has transformed Crimble into something special. So, accordingly, all the workers, friends and family congregated in Click here for more ….

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Mar 312012

4pm Final update and pictures from today taken from around the ground. The patio is still being worked on and the cleaning up is well under way. Brilliant effort at a brilliant club. 2.15pm The presentation was made by Mike Gatting earlier on. In it, he praised the club for its efforts in becoming a Click here for more ….

Mar 302012

Brilliant final day ahead of NatWest Cricketforce Day 2012 at Crimble and a final call to arms ahead of tomorrow (start 10am). Lots of graft being done and the delivery of the seats for the patio – which look absolutely superb. The ground was also being scarified, and it now looks good enough to play Click here for more ….

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Mar 232012

If there hasn’t been enough great news around the club as regards NatWest Cricketforce 2012, the latest really adds a coat of gloss to proceedings. We have had it confirmed that Sky Sports cricket presenter, former Lancashire and England cricketer, author and raconteur David Lloyd will be at Crimble next Saturday (March 31). Bumble has Click here for more ….

Mar 112012

Local MP Jim Dobbin was down at Crimble on Saturday to hand over the cheque for £50,000 for the new nets to the club. The grant comes from Sport England, and was gratefully received by vice chairman John Rhodes and first-team skipper Bobby Cross. (Full story and better picture than mine to come shortly) It Click here for more ….