A CRICKET club is seeing the fruits of its labour finally realised after submitting plans for clubhouse following five years of fund-raising.
Hartshorne Cricket Club has raised £60,000 to build a pavilion and larger changing rooms to allow its membership to expand as well as creating a female side, and has now officially applied to South Derbyshire District Council’s planning department for permission.
Steve Tomlin, the club’s development manager, said: “It is relief. We have put a lot of work into this so I can put my feet up.
“It has taken five years to get to this point.”
Along with its hard-earned fund-raising, the club is waiting to hear if it has been successful in obtaining a £50,000 from Sport England.
Mr Tomlin added: “At the moment we can build the shell. If we don’t get the grant we still have the skills to build a clubhouse
“We will have a kitchen to hold cricket teas, and we will have toilets because, at the moment, we have to rely on the nearby (Admiral Rodney) pub and if that is closed then we have nowhere.
“This will help us increase our membership. At the moment we cannot attract any more members, and we have females waiting to play so we will be able to create a female side.”
It will not just be for the cricket club as there are also plans to allow Hartshorne Primary School to use the clubhouse during the daytime.
Pat Murray, who supported the fund-raising when he represented Hartshorne on Derbyshire County Council, said: “I think it is absolutely brilliant. They have wanted this for as long time.
“They managed to secure a long lease with the landlord (the pub) and have been working on this ever since.
“They have been doing many jobs around the area, including at the fete, and providing a firework display.
It has been hard work for them so I am really happy that they will do it.
“All English villages stereotypically have cricket on the village green that brings the community together.”