NatWest CricketForce Weekend
Spring was definitely in the air this weekend which lifted everyone's spirits at Bromley Town & Old Bromleians CC for NWCF 2013. Last year we aimed high and exceeded all expectations so this year Club Members and volunteers were promised a little more fun and a lot less hard work!
Despite a much smaller group of volunteers turning up, 35 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday, we achieved a huge amount over the weekend. We were very grateful to Andy Griffiths and his team from the KCB and Academy who turned up and completed their tasks in a whirlwind of energy and made a huge impact to our workload. They helped dig out the patio extension, clear and repair the nets and weed two enormous flower beds. It was a superb effort and we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Andy and his team for coming to our club.
What else did we do... actually, quite a lot!!! Amongst the jobs completed: a concrete ramp was constructed for easy access to the newly purchased container, the entire outfield was raked, the men's and ladies' loos were both painted, the clubhouse floor was deep cleaned, a dartboard with a painted chalkboard frame was made and installed, home and away changing rooms were emptied of all old kit and left ready for the season, any scuffs and marks on the clubhouse walls were touched up, new entrance steps were constructed, all four roll-on covers were repaired and jet washed, showers were jet washed clean and then painted, both sightscreens were jet washed clean, new boundary fencing was installed, grass was strimmed around hedgerow plants, rubbish was collected from all around the ground, exposed tree roots were removed from the car park to free up three more parking spaces, two new magnetic whiteboards were put up, old ivy was removed from clubhouse walls, the outfield was cut and an old rusty cabinet was restored to a usable state.
Volunteers were looked after all day with an endless supply of tea, coffee, squash and biscuits and revived at lunch with delicious sausage and onion rolls. We had a brief pause from work in the afternoon to watch the Grand National and also held a sweepstake to raise money for the club. We rounded up Saturday with a fantastic lasagne and pizza dinner which was very kindly donated by Zi' Teresa, Elmers End, and were entertained by Club Member Sam and his band who got us all dancing and singing along to some great cover songs.
Thank you to ALL the club members and volunteers who volunteered their time and helped to transform the clubhouse and grounds. All the hard work over NWCF 2013 weekend has given us a terrific start to the season. Just need a little bit more sunshine and a drop of rain to nurture the wicket and we have our fingers crossed for much better weather this season! Roll on summer.
Bromley Town & Old Bromleians Cricket Club held a successful NatWest CricketForce weekend on 31st March and 1st April. 112 volunteers braved cold weather on Saturday and a further 62 on Sunday, rolling back their sleeves to tackle a variety of essential jobs. The weekend brought together players, families and members of the community to support the event which has left the Hayes Lane club in high spirits ahead of the new season.
The Mayor of Bromley who attended the event also had the chance to meet one of his childhood heroes, Chris Tavaré, former England, Kent & Somerset player. Tavaré scored a century against the club in the 1970s and was presented with a framed scorebook entry by the members who played against him on that day, before he and his wife volunteered to paint the entire clubhouse ceiling together.
Kent CCC players, Alex Blake and Fabien Cowdrey, joined the Kent Cricket Board staff to paint both sight screens. Andy Griffiths, Kent Cricket Board, said, "excellent day attended by so many people. Am thrilled to see all ages getting stuck in to help out their local cricket club. This is what NatWest CricketForce is all about - improving cricket club facilities with the help of volunteers”.
The volunteers were kept well fed throughout the weekend, with food kindly donated by The Co-operative and Zi' Teresa; other donations included paint from Dulux Decorator Centre, plants from Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, a marquee provided by Black Horse Marquees and many other generous offers of support.
Event Organiser Amy Rowlinson said, "the event was everything we wanted it to be and more. The generosity of local companies and the extraordinary efforts made from all the volunteers was overwhelming. We have recruited some new members and now look forward to the new season. Bromley Town & Old Bromleians CC would like to thank everyone involved in making the event a true success".
Bromley Town & Old Bromleians are now recruiting new players for their Junior (under 11's, 13's and 15's) and Senior Saturday and Sunday teams ready for this season. For more information please visit www.bromleytowncricketclub.org.uk
Bromley Town Cricket Club will be holding a NatWest CricketForce at our club on 6th April and 7th April this year to improve Bromley Town & Old Bromleians Cricket Club's facilities and grounds and we need your help.
NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales. NatWest CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in the the clubhouse and grounds typically over a specific weekend before the season starts. Last year 1,914 clubs took part in the NatWest CricketForce weekend involving over 85,000 volunteers!
As part of the biggest volunteering initiative in sport, NatWest have negotiated substantial discounts from many national retailers such as Dulux Decorator Centre, Jacksons Fine Fencing and Build Center. However, it is down to the individual clubs to contact their local schools, clubs, businesses and organisations for volunteers, help and support. Other large companies who have supported clubs in previous years include Waitrose, Tesco, Jewsons, Homebase, McDonalds, David Wilson Homes and Shepherd Neame.
However, for the weekend to be a true success not only will we need a variety of materials to complete the jobs we've identified as most urgent but we will need people with different skills to get these jobs done. So if you know of any company (big or small) who would help us in any way at all, if you can help supply any materials or if you are willing to lend a hand then please email Amy Rowlinson as soon as possible so that the weekend can be planned effectively.
Please tell your friends and family all about the weekend and get them to come down too. The more, the merrier. You can indicate your attendance on our Facebook Event Page or if you are not on Facebook you can email Amy Rowlinson.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Lets make 2013 a season to remember!
UP THE TOWN!