Local business steps in with generous offer to help secure future of Weald Cricket Club which celebrates 125th anniversary next season
There was an above average attendance at the recent Weald Cricket Club AGM in the Windmill Pub. This was because the future of the club is in doubt as the finances and lack of players means that on paper, the club is not in a financially viable position to carry on next season.
There was a great deal of discussion about how to ensure the cricket club has a future and hopes have been raised thanks to a generous offer from Richard Marchant, on behalf of local business, R. Marchant & Sons. They have agreed to cover the cost of pre-season nets next year when potential new players can be invited to attend.
There was enough enthusiasm at the AGM for players and supporters to keep Weald Cricket Club going and to make further efforts to fulfil next season’s league fixtures. Ian Hewett was named as the new Captain.
Ian said: “We had the meeting about the future of the cricket club and decided that with the 125th anniversary approaching, we would give it a big push for the next season. I’ve agreed to take over as captain and, with generous support from the Marchants, we will have some indoor nets in the New Year.”
The club is appealing for village residents to spread the word that all comers are welcome to join Weald CC in either a playing or non-playing capacity. Budding umpires, scorers, supporters, treasurers, groundsmen/women are all welcome. As well as the net sessions on the New Year, there is coaching for beginners.
Weald currently play on Saturday in the local league and last season had players from a wide range of ages and abilities. You can register your interest by calling or sending a message to Ian Hewett on 07754 378355
- A diary date – on Sunday 24 May Weald Cricket Club will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a special game. More details will follow nearer the time, but the club is hoping to see as many current and former players, village community members, fellow Weald sports club players and more to join them for what should be a great day.