Falkland Cricket Club, in wash common, is a volunteer run charity founded in 1884 owning two cricket grounds and woodland on the civil war battlefield site of 1643 First Battle of Newbury. It is the Berkshire Cricket hub for women girls cricket and those with disabilities. A community club with a social enterprise, 50 active volunteers, over 350 members, including 57 with registered disabilities, 90 girls, 11 adult teams, 11 age groups sides and 4 girls’ and women’ teams. We provide community space for yoga, drama, bridge, church, cycling, running, motor cycling, music groups, Parkinson and Samaritans Societies plus host the community's annual fireworks.
The current building is at the end of its useful life, can no longer be patched up and is rotting from the insides. If the existing social enterprise and cricket changing provision is not provided the usage will radically decline, the grounds will not be able to be maintained and the community facility will fall into disrepair. It will provide a fit for purpose community building for physical activity, enrichment time for Park House School staff and pupils and much needed community provision for local charity groups with no place to meet locally.
We have planning permission for the new building which is fully accessible, provide changing rooms suitable for all types of players, new community space, host The Berkshire Cricket Community Foundation staff and provide a new home for The Bowlers Arms social enterprise which will be open 365days a year.
The building will be carbon neutral, use ground source heat pumps (our current building is always cold and damp!) and harvest rainwater to irrigate the grounds. The site has 16,000 users annually.
Our club is a regional centre for disability and girls cricket and supports local clubs with our independent limited company that provides grounds care to smaller clubs and Park House School.
We have consulted the last 2 years with local community groups, West Berkshire Council and other key stakeholders to produce 5 year community engagement plan to demonstrate how the new facility will be used and provide a much needed resource following local austerity measures.
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It is challenging raising funding for our grass root sports project as there have been many budget cuts reducing funding locally and Nationally in Sport despite the increased funds going into the top tiers. We have raised half the funds so far and have other grant applications pending in the hope to be able to start work before the end of 2017.