New mower joy for club

A Northumberland community cricket club is aiming to be a cut above the rest next season after buying a new mower to help improve its pitch preparation.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:27 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 5:27 pm
Jeannie Raine, community relations manager at The Banks Group, with members of Blagdon Park Cricket Club.
Jeannie Raine, community relations manager at The Banks Group, with members of Blagdon Park Cricket Club.

Blagdon Park Cricket Club has brought in a specialist new Protea wicket/square mower to replace a predecessor that was reaching the end of its working life

This purchase was supported with a £1,162 grant from the community benefits fund that is linked to regional employer Banks Mining’s nearby Brenkley Lane surface mine.

Ron Blyth, secretary at Blagdon Park Cricket Club, says: “The mower we’ve been using for the last decade was also funded by a grant from The Banks Group.

“We would have had to make do and mend for the foreseeable future if Banks hadn’t generously stepped in to help us once again.

“Bringing in this new equipment means our volunteer groundkeepers will need to spend less time on both preparing the pitches and maintaining the mower, and having improved surfaces on which to play and practice can only be beneficial to our players’ performances.”

Grants from the Brenkley Lane fund are primarily available to organisations in Newcastle City Council’s Castle Ward and the Ponteland East Ward of Northumberland County Council, which includes Stannington, Milkhope, Blagdon and the Horton Grange area.

Anyone interested in applying for money from this fund should first call 0191 3786342 to check if their group or project is eligible.