Cash boost for cricket club thanks to Wiltshire housebuilder

Cricketers in Wiltshire are bowled over with a kind hearted donation from the region’s leading housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes Wessex has donated £750 to Swindon Cricket Club to help bring their kitchen facilities up to scratch.

The clubhouse, which is a listed building at the County Ground, County Road, had a new kitchen fitted around 18 months ago, but it had no white goods, making it difficult for people to rustle up a meal.

Club president Randall Roze said they currently hire out the clubhouse for functions, but want to offer an additional catering service.

He said: “We cannot thank Persimmon Homes Wessex enough for their kind donation. The money will go towards a hob and extractor, an oven, dishwasher and integrated fridge freezer.

Mr Roze added: “The club has been around for more 175 years and it is a lovely listed building, but it does need some modernisation inside and this will be a great step forward.

“We always entertain visiting clubs and people can hire the room and bring in outside catering for functions. However, we want to offer the complete package with room hire plus food. We want to make sure that we get it looking really nice.”

The club currently runs six adult teams playing on Saturdays and Sundays, while they also have a vibrant youth section with more than 100 players aged between nine and 15 years.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “When we heard about Swindon Cricket Club’s need to upgrade its facilities we very quickly decided to help.

“The work the club does with youngsters in Swindon is fantastic, and it makes cricket easily accessible for many people in the town. We were only too pleased to be able to help.”