Saving 120 years of cricket on Limpsfield Chart

by Limpsfield Chart Cricket Club in Oxted, England, United Kingdom

Saving 120 years of cricket on Limpsfield Chart
We did it
On 3rd July 2021 we successfully raised £32,520 ( + est. £5003.25 Gift Aid ) with 272 supporters in 56 days

Help secure the future of a club that has been at the heart of our community since 1900. Save 120 years of cricket being played on the Chart

by Limpsfield Chart Cricket Club in Oxted, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow our supporters are awesome! We hit our initial target in just 80 hours!

The overall cost of the works is estimated to be £95,000. Hitting our initial target for this round of fundraising still leaves us with a gap of roughly £55,000 to close.

We are now trying to reach our stretch target of £32,500 to reduce our funding gap and hopefully give us an even better chance of securing grant / partnership funding in time to start the work this August.


Help us save 120 years of cricket being played on Limpsfield Chart

We are a friendly, family and community orientated village cricket club based on the Surrey and Kent border. We have around 50 adult and 50 junior members which make up the three adult and three junior cricket teams we field every week. We also have roughly 100 social / parent members.

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In recent weeks we have seen how ugly greed can be at the top of professional sport with the European Super League saga. We are at the opposite end of the spectrum, we are the only not-for profit sports facility in our village. Since 1900 we have played a vital role in bringing the community together  giving the village a focal point and creating opportunities for local children to interact and play sport.

Our Project

Following the commissioning of an independent expert report, our outfield (the big green bit we try to run around on) has been catergorised as "borderline fit for purpose for cricket".  Urgent and major remediation work is required to start by August 2021 to prevent further deterioration of the playing surface. If we dont raise the funds we are unlikely to be able to continue to play cricket on the site. 

In plain speak what is the issue? Way too many bumps, not enough top soil and lots of stone content coming to the surface risking injuries to players. 

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The picture on the left above shows the soil erosion and stone content near the surface. The picture on right above isn't a volcanic crater, it shows how bumpy the outfield is, you would ideally want one colour, the range of colours are all the different bumps and undulations.

To make things worse we then got a Leatherjacket (pest) invasion at the start of this year which has left us with massive bare patches of no grass (pics below).

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Not into cricket? Why should you help us? 

1. We are facing the very real threat of not being able to play cricket at our existing ground of the last 120 years unless we get this fixed.

2. If we can get this fixed and create much larger safe flat spaces to deliver coaching on we can increase the number of local children that can take part. 

You may not be a cricket fan, that is okay, afterall it does go on for a long time, can end in a draw and with Covid you can't even get a slice of cake during the tea break at the moment. You should still help us though,  this isn't about cricket - this is about community!

What are we going to spend your money on?

Getting rid of all the bumps, removing as much stone content from near the surface as we can and bringing in over 1,600 tonnes of new top soil so we have a  flat, even and green outfield that players can safely run on during coaching sessions and competitve matches.

In total the required works are estimated to cost in the region of £95,000 which is massively beyond what a small village club of our size can muster by ourselves.

The good news is that through asking our members to dig deep we have already secured £20,000 towards our £95,000 target. 

In this phase of fundraising the Club is aiming to raise a further £20,000 (stretch target of £30,000). If we can get at least 100 different people to pledge £14,000 between them to this campaign then Sport England will pledge £6,000 under their Return to Play: Active Together to get us to our £20,000 initial target.

Hitting our target will enable us to partner with the Surrey Cricket Board and the English & Wales Cricket Board to sucessfully apply for grant funding to meet our August 2021 deadline.

Is this just a bunch of old men wanting a flatter bit of grass to run around on?

No. This has become a safety issue. It has also become a limiting factor in the number of local children we can offer training and coaching to. If we can pull this off and have a much larger safer area on which to run activities we can offer sporting opportunities to a lot more children from the local community.

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A recent picture of a dads & lads match encouraging our u13s to try open-age group cricket for the first time.

The impact of Covid19 

Covid19 has severely hampered the Club. We lost a huge part of the 2020 cricket season which massively limited the amount of cricket, in particular junior training and cricket we could deliver. This means we took a big hit to our usual income in terms of membership fees, match fees and bar revenue. 

Lockdown restrictions and the impact on our finances also meant we were unable to undertake some of the outfield work which would have slowed some of the recent deterioration.  

Can you trust us to use your pledge wisely?

The Club is an accredited ECB Clubmark Club – this means we have been externally reviewed and found to have high standards of governance, financial controls, openness to inclusion (i.e. ethnicity, gender, disability and LGBTQ+) and child safeguarding procedures in place. You can trust us to use your pledge wisely!

Our History

Limpsfield Chart Cricket Club is located on the outskirts of Oxted in the Tandridge district of Surrey.

The Club was founded in 1900 by commoners who gained permission from the local squire to play cricket on the common land.  As time passed so did ownership of the land with it eventually being bequeathed to the National Trust. 

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Pictured are the Chart invincibles of 1923. Played 18 won 18.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Free Childrens Art Class from Kate Tullet Art

Secure a place at a 2 hour art class for 7-12 year olds delivered by the fantastic Kate Tullet. Class taking place 10am - 12pm on Monday 26 July 2021. https://katetulettart.com

£10 or more

20% off a hot drink at Coffee at Kiwi House

When you spend £5 or more on any food purchase at 'Coffee at Kiwi House' in Limpsfield Highstreet recieve 20% off a hot drink of your choice. Avaliable Tuesday - Thursday. One voucher and one hot drink per individual customer. https://www.instagram.com/coffeeatkiwihouse https://www.facebook.com/pg/coffeeatkiwihouse

£15 or more

£5 off social membership + free drink and cake

Enjoy a 2020 social membership for you and your spouse at Chart Cricket which allows you to enjoy the bar and facilities whenever the Club is open. Usual price per couple is £20 a 25% saving and even better you can both get yourself a free drink (including alchohol) and a slice of cake at the Club on Sunday 27 June.

£15 or more

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Grab a Ginger Cake

Avaliable to local residents only. Secure 1 of 10 homebaked ginger cakes delivered to your door from our Honorary Life Member Sue, creator of some of the finest cricket teas in England!

£15 or more

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25% off at 'Coffee by Tate' from the Tate Modern

Receive a discount code to secure 25% off online orders when you order coffee from Coffee by Tate. https://shop.tate.org.uk/coffee

£20 or more

20% off any order at Coffee at Kiwi House

When you spend £10 or more on any food and drink purchase at Coffee at Kiwi House in Limpsfield Highstreet recieve 20% off your final bill. Avaliable Tuesday - Thursday. One voucher and one visit per individual customer or group of two. https://www.instagram.com/coffeeatkiwihouse https://www.facebook.com/pg/coffeeatkiwihouse

£20 or more

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25% off wine orders from the Tate Modern Cellars

Receive a 25% off discount code off to use when ordering wines from Tate’s award winning cellars https://shop.tate.org.uk/wine

£20 or more

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2x Tickets to Giant Skool Disco @ Godstone

Saturday 31st July @Godstone Flower Farm Dig our your old school tie, cos dressing up is compulsory for this one! https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£30 or more

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2x Tickets to The Old Time Sailors Experience

Saturday 10 July 2021 @ Godstone Flower Farm Old Time Sailors Experience is a flashmob musical show designed to take audiences on an unforgettable trip back in time to the 19th century. https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£30 or more

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2x Tickets to Women in Rock @ Godstone Flower Farm

Saturday 7 August @ Godstone Flower Farm A journey through female rock delivered by some of the UK’s finest vocalists and musicians. You will not stop singing and dancing along to these iconic classic songs! With songs made famous by the world’s greatest female rock artists, costume changes and a full choreographed show, Women In Rock has something for everyone. This is must see show that will leave you cheering for more!

£35 or more

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2x Tickets for Shakatak @ Godstone

Saturday 3 July 2021 @ Godstone Flower Farm 80’s legends Shakatak bring world class Jazz Funk to the Farm! https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£40 or more

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2x Tickets to Rick Parfitt Jnr & The RPJ Band!

Saturday 17 July at Godstone Flower Farm The RPJ Band was founded by Rick Parfitt Junior (the Rock ‘n’ Roll son of Rick Parfitt senior of Status Quo), with one goal in mind: to be the most energetic, crowd-pleasing, foot stomping, hands in the air, incredible, best festival band in the world! https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£20 or more

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Save £10 at Turnstyles - The Football Barbers

Get £10 off at Turnstyles - The Football Barbers. https://www.turnstyles.co.uk/

£20 or more

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A free coaching session with our lead coach Rich

Secure an hours free 1:1 coaching with Richard Hilson our lead coach. Usual RRP £40.

£30 or more

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A family photo shoot

A session with Club photographer Karen Fossett to produce five fantastic digital images of you and your family. Usual RRP £70.

£40 or more

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2x Tickets for Ed Byrne & Friends @ Godstone

Saturday 26 June 2021 @ Godstone Flower Farm A household name and one of the UK’s top comedians, Ed is of course best known for his regular TV appearances on Mock the Week, Live and the Apollo, The Graham Norton Show, and Have I Got News For You. Ed will be hosting a ‘Live at The Apollo’ type evening at the Farm, with special guests! Not to be missed! https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£40 or more

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2x Tickets to Reginald D Hunter & Friends!

Saturday 14 August 2021 @Godstone Flower Farm Georgia born Reginald D has become a festival favourite and a regular on U.K. TV. His appearances have included Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, and of course stints at Live at The Apollo, the format of which he will be repeating for us with a few special guests! https://flower-farm.co.uk/saturdays/

£45 or more

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Tour & Tasting for two at Squerryes Winery

Tour & Tasting for two at Squerryes Winery. Usual RRP £56. https://www.squerryes.co.uk/

£80 or more

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Art & Afternoon Tea At The Tate Modern

Two tickets to the “Rodin Exhibition” at Tate Modern. Followed by champagne, cocktails and afternoon tea for 2. RRP - £114.00 https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-rodin

£85 or more

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Lunch at the Tate Modern

Kusama set menu for two in the Kitchen and Bar, Tate Modern. Arrival fizz/cocktail, 3 courses with wine. Package worth RRP of £120.00 https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/kitchen-and-bar

£100 or more

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Luxury Farm Food Box from the Godstone Flower Farm

Thanks to our fantastic partners Godstone Flower Farm and our generous sponsors LAH Property Marketing you can secure yourself a luxury farm food box containing all sorts of goodies from the cheese, deli and butchery counters. https://flower-farm.co.uk/ https://lahproperty.co.uk/

£100 or more

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Golf at Knole Park Golf Club

Join our Club President Bill House for an exclusive fourball at the prestigious Knole Park Golf Club. Usual RRP £100 for the golf and if you let him win he may even buy lunch... https://www.knoleparkgolfclub.co.uk

£100 or more

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£50 voucher for The Carpenters Arms Pub

Pledge £100 to support the cricket club and receive a £50 voucher to use at the Carpenters Arms. Voucher can only be used when dining in either the restaurant or garden (no takeaways) and cannot be used to cover the cost of any drinks. https://carpenterslimpsfield.co.uk/

£112 or more

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A Brand New Gas BBQ from Morrisons, Oxted

With massive thanks to Morrisons, Oxted for their generous donation. Get yourself a fantastic gas BBQ. 20% off the usual RRP of £140. You must be able to collect the BBQ in person from Limpsfield Chart Cricket Club. https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/morrisons-bbq-249375

£300 or more

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A Unique Brewing Experience for Four

A brew day @ The Drop Project Brewing Company, Mitcham. Learn to brew an amazing commercial beer at one of the UK's finest up and coming craft breweries. Start the day with free breakfast, learn the art of brewing and the science behind each step and enjoy sampling all the Drop Project beers throughout the day. Drink your creation at a future summer event at the cricket club thanks to two free kegs from https://www.drop-project.co.uk

£500 or more

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A week in a seafront Bournemouth holiday home

Secure a stay in your very own private four bedroom (sleeps 8) house in Bournemouth for a week. https://bournecoast.co.uk/holidaylets/propertydetails/2656 Non-peak booking periods only. Usual RRP £920.

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