TR Fastenings is making a donation towards new equipment which will support club level cricket at Hadlow Down, an East Sussex Village just six miles away from the company's headquarters in Uckfield.
With its Cricket Roller Project, The Hadlow Down Playing Field Association is raising funds to replace the pedestrianised roller it has relied on to keep pitches smooth since first registrating as a charity in 1975. A newer, bigger roller will work more quickly and efficiently, allowing fuller use of the five wickets currently in action and returning two further wickets to service.
Located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding natural Beauty, the Hadlow Down cricket field hoasts nearly 50 cricket matches each season, seeing action on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue is home to Hadlow Down and Moulsecoombe Wanderers Cricket Club (HDMWCC) as well as Buxded Park Cricket Club. In July this year, as part of a week long sports and recreation festival organised by the Hadlow Down Playing Field trustees, the venue will also stage a "Chance to Shine" cricket tournament involving several local primary schools.
Mark Belton, CEO of TR's parent compant Trifast PLC, commented: "TR has always been proud to support local communities, and what could be more appropriate in Sussex than helping grass roots cricket? This is the country where the sport first really took hold all those years ago, before growing to have a global presence - a story which parallels our own!"
The Cricket Roller Project is currently half-way towards its £15,000 target. The majority of funds raised so far have come from community events organised by the Playing Field Association and the two cricket clubs, including pop-up meals, village quizzes, and an annual bonfire and fireworks evening. Grants have also been donated by the Gatwick Airport Community Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.
September 2015 Cricket Square Maintainance
On Saturday 12th September a team of dedicated volunteers set to the task of improving the quality of the cricket square and such 'root and branch' maintenance on this scale has never happened at the ground before. As HDPFA subscribes to the Sussex County Cricket Club Grounds Maintenance scheme, the expertise and supervision provided by Brian Fletcher and the equipment came free. Playing Field trustees John Thompson, Peter Smyth and Nigel Harrison were ably supported by several volunteers who gave of their time and energy to help - Stuart (Dormansland CC), Mick (Bexhill CC), Ray Butler, Adrian Lee and Bob Lake.
Saturday's work marks the beginning of a regular maintenance and improvement programme; if you would like to help with this or with any other aspect of the work of the Hadlow Down Playing Field Association, please get in touch via this website. Now we are in the process of applying for funding to enable us to buy a re-conditioned ride-on cricket roller estimated to cost £7000 - any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Finally the HDPFA is extremely grateful for the support of Bill Hunter; his most generous contribution of nearly £700 more or less covered the costs of purchasing the grass seed, loam and fertiliser.