Grant joy for club project

Alfreton cricket club. Cricket force day. Looking at plans for the new Pavillion are Mp Nigel mills and club chairman Chris Slater.

Alfreton cricket club. Cricket force day. Looking at plans for the new Pavillion are Mp Nigel mills and club chairman Chris Slater.

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A project to extend the Alfreton Cricket Club pavilion at Alfreton Park is one step closer to going ahead thanks to a funding boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

The trust has awarded a grant of £35,000 to Alfreton Cricket Club to build the extension.

Built in 1985, the Pavilion is the only community building in Alfreton Park. Although the park is accessible and conveniently located, it is underused due to the lack of a sufficient base with welfare facilities.

The new extension will have an entrance lobby, community space for up to 75 people and disabled access to the veranda. The improved facilities will allow for increased membership, further work with schools and provide a community facility for use by other groups, as well as private hire.

The grant was awarded by the trust’s board at its recent quarterly meeting, where it awarded a total of £1.2m to 57 UK projects. The grant awarded to the project means the amount awarded over the past five years to projects in Derbyshire now totals over £670,225.

The Veolia Environmental Trust awards grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Its projects team will now start the process of working with the club to develop final plans.

Project manager Stephen Delamore, who is Alfreton CC’s treasurer, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust. It will enable us to make the facility a more accessible, pleasant and appealing place for the whole community.”

McNabb Laurie, executive director of the trust, added: “Projects like this one make a real difference to our communities and our Board awarded this grant on its merits. We will now start working with the cricket club to develop a project that will really benefit Alfreton and the surrounding area.”

See next week’s paper for more from the club on their pavilion plans.