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Funding boost for pavilion

Hadleigh Cricket Club’s plans to extend its 50-year-old pavilion have moved a step closer after receiving a major grant from the Landfill Communities Fund.

Viridor Credits Environmental Company, which awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund, has awarded the club funding of £135,000 towards its pavilion extension project.

The planned upgraded facility will include a new changing room block, larger meeting room and disabled access, which is urgently needed at the club’s Friars Road ground.

The planned extension is also being supported by Suffolk County Cricket Board, Babergh District Council, Suffolk County Council, Hadleigh Town Council and Suffolk Sport, and has also received the backing of a wide range of local organisations, schools and community groups in the Hadleigh area.

David Mann, chairman of Hadleigh Cricket Club, said: “The club is absolutely delighted to have received this award from the Landfill Communities Fund.

“It will make a huge difference and has given everyone on the project team and at the club the belief that we can make our pavilion extension a reality.

“For Viridor Credits to support our project to this extent shows the pavilion extension is a viable and necessary project with benefits for the whole community of Hadleigh and the surrounding area. It has given everyone at the club a massive boost.”

Gareth Williams, funded projects manager at Viridor Credits, said: “When considering this project, the Viridor Credits Board was impressed with the fund-raising efforts of the club, as well as the strong support from the public.”

The club’s Buy a Brick campaign has raised nearly £10,000, with donations able to be made on the club’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/hadleighcc-brickheroes

Forthcoming fund-raising events include a family fun day (June 26) and a Big Bash tournament (July 10).

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