Nuthurst Cricket Club’s new pavilion officially opened on Saturday 14 September at The Common, Mannings Heath during a day of celebrations, fun and of course, cricket. Local residents, club members and their families were joined in the sunshine by special guests, including Sussex and England cricket legend Chris Adams, who performed the official ribbon cutting. Speaking afterwards, Chris commented: “I am absolutely delighted to participate in this celebration of village cricket. I look back with great fondness to when my father took me to his cricket club – local cricket is the foundation of the game. The volunteers are the real heroes here. What wonderful timing to open this new pavilion in the World Cup winning year.”
Nuthurst Juniors Cricket Club members were treated to a fun cricket session, organised by Carl Tupper of Sussex Cricket Club on Saturday morning with coaches and parents joining in, followed by an adult club players’ cricket match before the Official Opening Ceremony at 4pm, which was also attended by MP for Horsham Jeremy Quin. Younger visitors had fun in the Kids Zone created for the event and took part in cricket skills games, oversized darts and golf activities. Club Chairman Kevin Barnes said of the event: “It is wonderful to see all the plans and detail we have been working on, for the newly built pavilion, finally come to fruition and be enjoyed by so many visitors today. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result, which is being put to immediate use now and will be used by future generations of players and members of our community”. The club has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the new build, completed at the end of July this year, and looks forward to using the new modern facilities during home matches and the Junior’s Cricket Programme. The new pavilion provides smart new facilities and a fantastic central community space with seating for 50 people opening into a new modern kitchen, to be used for events and meetings run by local community groups.
Nuthurst Cricket Club won generous grants for the project both from organisations, including Biffa Award, a multimillion pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across the UK, and Sport England, who are committed to building an active nation that caters for everyone. Gillian French, Biffa Award Head of Grants, said: “At Biffa Award we are pleased to be able to support projects like the creation of Nuthurst Cricket Club’s new pavilion. Projects like this provide the infrastructure that enables communities to thrive. We can’t wait to see the building being used by all members of the community.” The following organisations also generously provided grants for the project: Friends Supporting Sport & Recreation in Nuthurst Parish, Gatwick Airport Community Trust, Peter Harrison Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.
For further information about Nuthurst Cricket Club, contact Eileen Le Rossignol at firstname.lastname@example.org