THE numbers have come together to allow an historic Northumberland club to make a key improvement.
Blagdon Park Cricket Club has installed a new scorebox at its ground on the Blagdon Estate after receiving a £2,000 grant towards the total £7,000 cost from Banks Mining, via its Brenkley Lane Community Fund.
The facility was needed to meet league requirements, but with the poor weather during the 2012 season impacting adversely on the club’s finances, they were facing a shortfall in the funds available until Banks, which operates the nearby Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines, stepped in to help.
Club treasurer Andy Pryor says: “The wet weather that we endured last summer hit our finances quite hard, both in terms of the amount of match fees that we didn’t collect due to the high number of games that weren’t played, and the forced cancellation of our annual fund-raising golf day, which had to be called off due to a flooded course.
“The total cost of the scorebox was looking quite daunting and it would have been very challenging and time consuming to raise the shortfall in the current economic climate ourselves, so we’re extremely grateful to Banks for coming forward and filling the gap. The scorebox can be seen from every part of the ground and we’ve had excellent feedback on the new facilities that it offers, especially from opposition scorers who have somewhere substantial to shelter whenever the weather turns against us.”
Blagdon Park is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its foundation this summer. It was originally formed to enable estate workers to play cricket against their peers from the region’s other country estates.
The first and second teams currently play in the Northumberland Cricket League and the club has a strong youth section, with junior teams playing at all age groups, as well as a policy of including Under 16s players in every second XI game to give them early experience of competitive cricket.
Projects, community groups, or voluntary organisations looking for funding in the vicinity of a Banks Group development should get in touch with James Eaglesham on 0191 3786342 for more information.