Churchill Cricket Club's 'future is bright' after being supported for cash boost to fund extension

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 June 2017

Vice chairman Ian Chadwick, 2nd team vice captain Jeff Lenton, 1st team captain Mike Caddick and youth team manager Rick Brafield with members of the youth team.

Vice chairman Ian Chadwick, 2nd team vice captain Jeff Lenton, 1st team captain Mike Caddick and youth team manager Rick Brafield with members of the youth team.

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A village cricket club could be in line to receive a cash boost for a pavilion extension after it won support from the parish council.

Churchill Cricket Club hopes to upgrade its facilities, and Churchill and Langford Parish Council has backed the project by recommending it for section 106 funding – which would cover a ‘significant proportion’ of costs.

Section 106 money is funds paid to North Somerset Council by developers to ensure villages receive infrastructure upgrades when large housing developments are approved.

The club hopes to be allocated funds from the kitty created by the 141-home Pudding Pie Lane development.

The parish council agreed to support the project at its meeting earlier this month, but the funding is yet to be approved by North Somerset.

First-team captain Mike Caddick said it was ‘great news for the club’.

He told the Mercury: “The existing building has served us well but it is essentially a modified cattle barn with no toilets or hot water.

“Ideally the extension will provide full bathroom facilities and further dedicated accommodation for female and disabled cricketers.”

The club was formed in 1988, and soon merged with Banwell Cricket Club, but this year it removed Banwell from its name after a parish council request.

The parish council requested the change because the ground is based in Churchill and the cost of the facilities were covered by Churchill residents, and the club voted in favour of the change in the off-season.

Mr Caddick said it was ‘a difficult decision’, and added: “Sadly this caused a few senior players to leave, however along with our new website and Facebook page, the new identity is already helping to enhance our local visibility and community support.

“We have already improved our links with nearby schools and the junior sections are booming, in particular the under-sevens and under-11s.

“There is a lot of work to be done on this project, including additional fundraising, but the long-term future of the club is looking bright.

“We are extremely grateful for the parish council’s support and better facilities will help the club provide an excellent family-friendly environment for the whole community to enjoy.”

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