Dymock Cricket Club was formed in 1865. We are situated in a small village of just over 1000 people in rural Gloucestershire. Like many cricket clubs throughout the country, it is the focal point of the community for many months of the year. The Club currently runs three league teams, a thriving junior section and an up and coming women’s team, which we are hoping to develop further over the coming years. In January 2016 we were delighted to announce that Dymock Cricket Club has been selected by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and NatWest as its National Showcase Club for the 2016 NatWest Cricket Force weekend from April 1st-3rd. To be singled out from the 1,445 Cricket Clubs registered with the scheme is a great honour and we look forward to welcoming current England Test Captain Alastair Cook and former captain Mike Gatting to our club on Friday 1st April 2016.
In 2013 we launched an ambitious 5 year programme to regenerate the Cricket Club and all its facilities. Our old pavilion, which was built by club members in the hot summer of 1976 was falling down. The Club decided it would try and build a new multi-sport pavilion that could be enjoyed by the whole community for generations to come.
In 2015, after two years of planning applications, grant applications and fundraising events which included The Dymock Music Festival and Half Marathon, our dream became a reality. Generous grants were received from both Sport England (£75,000) and the ECB (£100,000), together with a significant amount of money raised by the club, its associates and friends. However as is often the case with a project of this size it has not been without its problems. Monty Python famously posed the question "What have the Roman's ever done for us?" Well in the case of Dymock Cricket Club, they built a road right through the middle of our cricket ground. We were informed that we would have to fund an archealogical dig along the route and that the pavilion design would have to be altered significantly so that it 'bridged' over the Roman Road so as not to damage it. This additional work has left us with a shortfall of £40,000 on the original build cost, which needs to be raised by the start of the 2016 Cricket Season in order to complete the build and landscape the immediate surrounds.
How can you help us?
Funding for the pavilion has come from a variety of sources, however the Crowdfunder initiative provides the mechanism for the local community and the wider cricket community to pull together and show their support by contributing to this community project. We hope that in the future we will be able to return the generosity you have shown, by supporting other similar projects and community initiatives.
We have decided to launch an appeal called "The Roman Road Roof Tile Raffle", based on the principal of “sponsoring” the 17,000 tiles on the roof of the new pavilion for £1 per tile. For each tile sponsored, the “owner” will be entered into 6 weekly draws for one of 6 Alastair Cook signed mini bats. At the end of the 8 week crowdfunding appeal, we will hold a main raffle with the following prizes:
- £250 cash.
- A Gray-Nicholls bat signed by Alastair Cook and Mike Gatting!!!
- 6 separate prizes of a case (6 bottles) of Limited Edition 150th anniversary Dymock Cricket Club wine. (Alternative prize to be given if won by an under 18 year old)
- A signed Gloucestershire CC one day shirt
- A £30 voucher from Ledbury's newest sport shop, Quality Sports Embroidery to spend on cricket equipment.
- A new Kookabura Rogue Warrior cricket bat kindly supplied by Gooch Sports in Newent. This bat retails at £150.00, it has a lovely light pick up with remarkably thick edges for the weight.
The first mini-bat draw will take place on Friday 15th April. If you wish to be included in the draw please include your email address in the comments section when making a pledge and we will allocate you your 'Roof Tile Raffle Numbers'.
The names of all those who kindly pledge will be retained in a book of contributors held within the new pavillion for posterity.