Dewsbury & Saville Club - New Bar

Dewsbury & Saville Club - New Bar

Please help us fix up a historical club of Dewsbury - and support the hard work of local volunteers

We did it!

On 16th Feb 2016 we successfully raised £616 with 29 supporters in 28 days

Hello!Firstly, a little history behind the club, which, after reading this, I hope you would very kindly donate and help us in modernising:

A brief history:The Dewsbury and Savile Ground was a cricket ground located in Savile Town, Dewsbury, England. It hosted 53 first class matches between 1867 and 1933. The first fixture saw Yorkshire play Cambridgeshire while Essex were the visitors in the final game held there. Yorkshire twice played the touring Australians at the ground and, in its earliest days, several first class 'All England' fixtures were held.

Yorkshire twice passed 500, scoring 562 against Leicestershire in 1903 and 507 for 8 declared against Warwickshire in 1925. Yorkshire bowled Somerset out for 48 at the ground in 1900 and dismissed Sussex for 51 in 1894. Three double centuries were recorded, two by Herbert Sutcliffe (213 v Somerset in 1924 and 206 v Warwickshire the following year) while Crowther Charlesworth scored 206 for Warwickshire in 1914. Billy Williams took 9 for 29 for Yorkshire against Hampshire in 1919 and Tom Emmett 9 for 34 against Nottinghamshire in 1868.Photo - The club & adjoining bowling green in its heyday

The ground was abandoned in the 1990s after the incumbent club, Dewsbury & Savile CC, could not afford to renovate the classic pre-war pavilion to modern standards. The local council refused financial aid without a guarantee that the club, ground and adjoining football field could be used for the wider community. As a private club, Dewsbury refused. The ground reverted to the council. Dewsbury merged with Whitley Lower CC to become Hopton Mills CC. The ground ceased to be a cricket ground and became a general recreation ground. The pavilion was demolished.Since 1990

The club has plodded along.  No-one gets paid for any work they do - it is all voluntary.  Members have stopped coming, many have died - bringing us up to the present.  The club has had little work done after struggling by for so long, and days go by without a whisper of the joy it used to withhold...Thankfully - we had helpers to hand and Jason & Anton, from the pool team (which has kept the club ticking over) got their heads together and pot of paint at a time....bringing the club back to’s a little before and after.....Why we need your help: So - now we have a cool looking pool room - with TV and another one has been donated due to be fitted soon....we need some help to refurbish the bar - also please note - the money will be going to materials only - as Anton has very very kindly donated his labour free of charge...Here is his plan for £1500: New bar front and back, take the middle bit out with the optics on, new ceiling, lighting, wash area, shelving and bottle fridge .... Please dig deep!As everyone is aware - the pub and club trade has suffered immensely and way too many have closed down - particularly in Dewsbury - they are in a situation of use or lose - please help bring this club back up to scratch to be used and enjoyed as the gentry of Dewsbury originally did.  This club is part of our history and has made people happy for over a century ... Times have changed but we still need somewhere to go and socialise other than through social media. FINALLYPlease drop in and see us! We don't only need your funding - we need team members! At one point the club had over 70 Vice Presidents - each sporting team had to be represented on the committee by a Vice President so they had at least 70 sporting teams from there! Lets try mirror the past with the present.UPDATE - A little map so you can find us x

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