Calverley community rallies to support cricket club fundraiser


The Calverley community has rallied to help an appeal to refurbish a clubhouse raise just short of £13,000 of its £15,000 target.

As first reported by WLD last week, Calverley St Wilfrid’s Cricket Club is planning a raft of improvements to its clubhouse and wider facilities, including fixing the roof and ceiling, replacing the carpet and creating a larger seating area inside.

The changes are aimed at providing more space during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic – and to open up the clubhouse for wider use.

Club chiefs say they are ‘astonished’ by the level of community support shown since the appeal was launched just two weeks ago.

A club spokesperson said:

“As with sports clubs up and down the country COVID-19 hit our finances hard, with events not being allowed to take place and bar takings significantly down on previous years.

“This reduced income has left us struggling to fund our core cricket activities, let alone invest in our clubhouse or training equipment. With an aging clubhouse that has proved to be not fit for purpose during the pandemic andvital training equipment on its last legs we are looking to fundraise to ensure our financial security and to continue our club’s improvement plan.”

Supporter Julie Driscoll said:

“Good luck with all of the improvements – looking forward to a good summer with plenty of cricket to watch.”

Tom Stripe added:

“Good luck with the fundraiser guys! Some great ideas in there.”

And Gez Thornton added:

“A little help for a club I spent many years playing for and being a part of, but I now don’t live in the area. Wishing all the members of the club the very best at this testing time.”

The club’s fundraiser can be found here.


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