The Aldwick Cricket Club is set to rise from the ashes with help from Arun District Council after a fire destroyed the building in January 2017.
The Parks and Estates team at Arun District Council has worked hard to identify funding; the club has also done some fundraising to rebuild what was lost, while making progress with appointed contractors, Green Manor. The Construction group Galliford-Try; who have been working on the University building adjacent, are also completing refurbishment work on the club showers and toilets as part of their contribution to the community project.
The first game at the brand new facility is set to take place on the 14 April 2019 with Aldwick Cricket Club playing Sussex Cricket Foundation XI.
In celebration of the brand new facility a competition is being run by Aldwick Cricket Club. Members of the public are invited to submit a photo, painting or drawing that they feel represents the local area. The winning submission will be featured in a mural designed by local artist, Chloe Dowsett. The mural will also pay respect to some cricket club members who have passed away.
The closing date for the competition is 27 March and the winners will be announced on 29 March via the clubs social channels, with the mural set to be started in early April. Submissions should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short statement about the art and the artist. Two winners will be chosen (one under 16 and one adult – when submitting this should be clarified). Winners will be chosen by the Arun Parks and Estates department and Chloe.
Along with the opening of the new building the club is aiming to engage younger children in the community and will be introducing ECB All Stars for children aged five to eight years old.
Ian Guppy, from Aldwick Cricket Club said “This is an opportunity for the club to start fresh.
“We have the chance to be at the heart of the community and want to dedicate this Mural to those that offered support after the fire.
“We are totally indebted to all involved who have saved our club after the fire and would welcome them all to join us on match days in the new facility that the Council have provided for us and the local community.”
Paul Broggi, Property, Estates and Facilities Manager at Arun District Council said “I have been involved since inception and it has been an honour to work with all involved. It has been a bit of a labour of love and has taken a lot of time to resolve but I am extremely proud of the result.”