Garboldisham Cricket COVID Fundraising

by Peter Barnes in Garboldisham, England, United Kingdom


Gift Aid
+ est. £302.00
£30,000 stretch target 9 days left
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This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 27th May 2021 at 12:05am

We are trying to raise £20000 to cover the shortfall in income caused by COVID to allow us to invest in our facilities and youth development

by Peter Barnes in Garboldisham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you all for your contributions to date. It is absolutely amazing that we have managed to reach our initial target of £20,000. Having got there we are aiming for bigger and better things.  Depending how much we can raise, we will look to fund some of the following:

  • Second pitch score box
  • Second pair of screens
  • Roll-out batting cage
  • Club house refurbishment
  • Alternative equipment storage

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to catching up with all of you over the coming season.  Do please keep your contributions rolling in.

Our Organisation:

Garboldisham Cricket Club is a long-established club in Norfolk; cricket has been played at our current ground since the 1845.  The Club is open to all and is run by volunteers.

We run a youth section for girls and boys aged from 5 to 18 years, with the children playing in age group leagues from Under 9 upwards to Under 17.  Many of the Club’s current 1st team have come up through our youth development system and a number of our boys, girls, men and ladies have represented Norfolk at junior and adult levels.

We have a wide catchment area for a rural village and the club fields four Saturday league teams, a Sunday friendly team and an over 40s team, as well as the various youth teams.  We aspire to restart our women's cricket and have full accessibility for players of differing abilities.

Various Norfolk Cricket age group matches are also played at our ground.


As part of our commitment, we try and minimise the financial barriers to participation so we can attract people from a broad spectrum of society, particularly younger players starting out on their cricketing journey.  We are also proud to say that thanks to the excellent support from a large number of people the club was able to run nets and some matches last summer, helping the mental well-being of lots of players during this particularly difficult period.  We want to be able to do the same and more next season.

Impact of COVID-19 - Financial Shortfall

We pride ourselves on being financially self-sufficient, but the ongoing COVID-19 situation is having a big impact on our income.  We generate most of our income from match fees, membership, bar takings and social fund-raising events, such as the Sportsmen’s Dinner, end of season function, race night, quiz nights, regular BBQs and a six-a-side fun day.  This income usually enables us to cover our costs for the year but for the 2020 season our income levels were significantly reduced and our net income from fundraising and the bar was down by almost £12,000 - this despite a big effort by our volunteer committee to reduce costs and apply for grants.

Additionally, it cost us £1,000 to make the ground COVID safe in 2020, and this year it will cost us at least that figure, especially as we hope to play more games.

To give you an idea — it costs a £1000 just to fund a season’s worth of cricket balls.


What We Need

We urgently need to raise £20,000 in order to make up for two seasons' disruption so we can carry out important and essential maintenance around the club: to prepare our pitches, to repair and improve our training facilities to a better standard, and to train our boys and girls each week, as well as playing 120 games for all ages. We want to be able to continue to move the club forward!

In terms of significant expenditure items, the following are at the top of our list:

  • New sight screens are desperately needed for the second pitch: these would cost approximately £2,500 (one pair) / £5,000 (two pairs)
  • Refurbishment to the nets is also required at a cost of £3,000


  • A score box for the main pitch is essential now, costing £4,000
  • Refurbishment of the driveway is desperately needed, exact cost TBC but it will be several thousand pounds

In addition to the large ticket items above, we are looking to purchase a roll out batting net, plus need to spend money refurbishing various aspects of the clubhouse, replacing ‘tired’ appliances, making repairs to the building, replacing the second pitch score box and general club management.

How can you help?

As a volunteer run club, we need to generate donations from wherever possible to cover the income shortfall arising as a result of the pandemic. We are looking for contributions from life members, playing members, social members, friends of the Club or the wider community.  You can obviously donate whatever you choose and we would also welcome support from any families or businesses in the community who value what we do.  A plaque will be put in club house listing the names of all donors.

As well as financial support, donations such as raffle or auction prizes, or a service that could be added as a reward would also be gratefully received.

The crowdfunding initiative will run from 1 April to late May.  Ideally, we would like your donations and contributions to be paid in during this period.

Ways of helping the club with crowdfunding


All donations, however large of small, are welcome. Those wishing to make a donation should use the box on the top right of the donation page. Anyone thinking of donating over £50, might wish to consider the Match Lunch reward.


Boxes down the right hand side of the page

Match Lunch - £50  

Bar token donations - £20

Auction - Details to follow.  Promoted via The Fox, Village Shop and our friends in the village to maximise attendance (and contributions!) - additional prize donations welcomed

  • Gray Nicolls cricket bat signed by England batsman Jonny Bairstow 
  • Framed England cricket shirt, signed by the Sky Sports commentary team at the Ruth Strauss Foundation Day at Lords in the 2019 Ashes series 
  • Framed Garboldisham Cricket Club Logo, signed by the Sky Sports and Test Match Special commentary teams during the same game. 
  • Simulated game shooting at Quidenham Estate
  • One to one shooting lesson with Philip Thorrold (former world champion) 
  • 2 annual passes to Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
  • 1 x Adult and 1 x Child admission to Banham Zoo

Get in early for these limited opportunity Rewards:

  • 1x Round of Golf for 3 at Thetford GC - £60
  • 2x Selections of 6 Chutneys & Preserves - £15
  • 1x Watercolour of Garboldisham CC Emblem - £35
  • 2x Child's Pony-riding Experiences - £40
  • 5x Horse Manure and/or Garden Mulch - £10
  • 20x Car Washing - £15
  • 1x Clarke’s of Walsham 10% Discount - £50
  • 1x Bulk Firewood - £70 
  • 1x Delicious Chicken Pie - £15
  • 1x Fabulous Cake - £10
  • 1x Magnum of Chateau Moulin de Mallet 2015 Bordeaux - £35
  • 1x Adnams Southwold Reserve Ruby Port - £20
  • 1x Graham’s Crusted Port, Bottled 2013 - £20
  • 2x “The Free Range Cook” Cookery Book by Annabel Langbein - £15
  • 1x week’s holiday in a cabin at Alderwood Lodges - £400
  • 2x Garboldisham Hampers - £125


  • Gold Package: 1 year - £250; 2 years- £375
  • Silver Package - £100
  • Bronze Package -  £50
  • Match Ball - £25 per game

Membership donations – consider donating the cost of you membership 

  • Social Membership - £10 
  • Junior Membership - £10 (£7.50 for second and subsequent child)
  • Adult Membership (Basic) - £50
  • Adult Membership (Bronze) - £100 Basic plus 5 games pre-paid
  • Adult Membership (Silver) - £130 Basic plus 9 games pre-paid (1 free)
  • Adult Membership (Gold) - £200 Basic plus 18 games pre-paid (3 free)


Opportunity - Sport England Support

If we can raise £12,000 Sports England have pledged £8,000 (40% of our target) to help us reach £20,000. There are two important stipulations: (1) This is an all or nothing offer: we must raise the full £12,000 to qualify for the donation.  (2) We must have at least 100 different pledges / donors on the crowdfunding page, so we need each and every club member to get out there attracting support from family, friends, work colleagues and our contacts in the local community.


We are lucky as there is a great spirit around Garboldisham CC and we are sure that you will see that this is one of those moments when we really need to pull together.

We thank you in advance for your support.  If successful, it will really help put some stability back into the Club’s finances so that we can continue the great work that we have been doing.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Match Lunch

Lunch at the club (dates TBC) to watch one of the 1st XI matches

£10 or more

Junior Membership

Eligible to play in matches and use the Club's facilities (separate match fees apply). An additional £7.50 for second and subsequent children

£10 or more

Social Membership

Entitles you to use the clubhouse facilities and spectate

£10 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Treasurers Homemade Tiffin

A delicious homemade Tiffin courtesy of our treasurer Charlie Wright

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Selection of 6 Home-made Chutneys and Preserves

Donate £15 - and you can choose to receive a selection of SIX locally-made preserves. Produced using solely home--grown ingredients these delicious condiments, from Spicy Apple and Walnut Chutney to Picaliili, will brighten and spice up any meal.

£15 or more

1 of 2 claimed

“The Free Range Cook” Cookery Book by Annabel Lang

Annabel is a celebrity New Zealand chef and this book accompanied her TV series. “My very favourite thing is getting people into the kitchen with fun, easy to prepare recipes that won’t stress them out. I’ll show you how to bring good food into today’s fast-paced world and embrace a less frenzied way of life. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to put together sensational home cooked food with very little effort.” Excellent value for a RRP of £20

£15 or more

8 of 20 claimed

Junior Match Ball Sponsorship

Sponsor of a junior match ball will entitle you to 2 drinks tokens to be used at the club.

£16 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Horse Manure and/or Garden Mulch

Do your beds and flowers need some attention and feed? Donate £10 and receive a 50 litre bag of locally sourced mulch and/or manure as an ideal additive to your soil. Can be collected from the clubhouse.

£20 or more

£20 Bar Tokens

Entitles you to a £20 token for use behind the bar (when back open), plus a supplementary drink up to a value of £3 (once the token is spent). Additional donations must be divisible by £20. [You must be a member to get this reward]

£25 or more

Match Ball Sponsorship

£25 per game. Invitation to the game you have sponsored with tea and cake

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Child's Pony-riding Experience

Would your child like to have a go at riding? A donation of £40, and you can come and have a half-hour beginner’s riding experience on a pony in Wortham - safety kit provided.

£50 or more

Sponsorship - Bronze Package

Sponsor’s details on Club website (with link to Sponsor’s website if available)

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Clarkes of Walsham 10% Discount

Make a donation of £50 and you can receive a one-off 10% discount off a single order of over £100 on all building, agricultural and landscaping materials from local company Clarkes of Walsham. (N.B. Not to be used in the garden, clothing or equestrian store and any order must be placed by telephone through Rob Fuller)

£70 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 Shooting Lesson At The Phillip Thorrold Academy

Phillip Thorrold is a well renowned British Shooter who has founded his own Shooting Academy Based in Norfolk. This reward entitles you to 1 shooting lesson with the world renowned academy.

£90 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Jimmy’s Farm Season Tickets

2 season tickets for the famous Jimmy’s farm allowing you multiple visits to the TV famous farm. Tickets can be either 2 adults (RRP £110) or 1 adult and 1 child (RRP £95) Thank you to Jimmy’s Farm for kindly donating this reward. Ticket Collection to be arranged with Rob Fuller.

£100 or more

Sponsorship - Silver Package

• Internal plaque within the clubhouse (0.3x0.2m) • Sponsor’s details on Club website (with link to Sponsor’s website if available)

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A signed Limited Edition Kingfisher Study

" A superb artist-signed Limited Edition Kingfisher study by Suffolk Bird Artist Terance James Bond who is often described as "Britain's best-loved Bird Artist". Professionally mounted and framed (framed size 29 x 21.75 inches) generously donated by Strix Editions RRP £145.00 Contact Charlie Wright for delivery details.

£180 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1 Peg at a Quidenham Simulated Shoot

Quidenham Estate offers an incredibly realistic experience of a game shoot in the stunning Norfolk Countryside. The quarry clay pigeons are presented in a variety of drives to simulate flight of a variety of game birds. Quidenham Estate also boasts award winning catering which you will be able to enjoy. Many Thanks to the Quidenham Estate for its kind donation. RRP £240

£250 or more

Sponsorship - Gold Package (1 Year)

• External advertising board to the pavilion façade (1.2x0.6m) • Internal plaque within the clubhouse (0.3x0.2m) • Sponsor’s details on Club website (with link to Sponsor’s website if available)

£375 or more

Sponsorship - Gold Package (2 Years)

• External advertising board to the pavilion façade (1.2x0.6m) • Internal plaque within the clubhouse (0.3x0.2m) • Sponsor’s details on Club website (with link to Sponsor’s website if available)

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fabulous Cake

Donate just £10 and you could gorge yourself on a whole scrumptious cake baked by one of the club parents.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Delicious Chicken Pie

Donate £15 and you could be eating a delicious family sized Chicken pie made by one of the club’s excellent cooks.

£15 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Car Washing

Does your car need washing? Make a donation of £15 and have your car made to sparkle and shine for free when you come up to the club on a designated Saturday this season (date to be advised).

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Adnams Southwold Reserve Ruby Port

Donate £20 for the chance to receive this bottle of port. Classic aromas of raisins and figs and sweet black fruit flavours. Simple, delicious and a perfect example of this approachable style of Port, it is most often enjoyed after a meal, with cheese or on its own in front of the fire. ‘Over 18’s only’

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Graham’s Crusted Port, Bottled 2013

A deep Ruby colour, with layer upon layer of rich concentrated red and black fruit aromas and packed with fruit flavours and floral hints of eucalyptus and mint. It is a well balanced port with a long and lingering finish. Normally £24. ‘Over 18’s only’

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Banham Zoo Tickets

1 Adult and 1 child’s ticket for a day out at Banham Zoo.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Watercolour Picture of Garboldisham CC’s emblem

For a donation of £35 you could find yourself the owner of a beautiful and vibrant watercolour of GCC’s emblem The Fox, as painted by one of our club supporters, a local amateur artist. This picture will brighten up your walls and remind you of the joys of GCC.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Magnum of Chateau Moulin de Mallet 2015 Bordeaux

Receive this wonderful magnum of French wine - it has a dark colour and a bouquet of red fruit. Serve with grilled meat or blue cheese. ‘Over 18’s only’

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Round of Golf for 3 at Thetford GC with a member

RRP £120! Be the first to contribute £60 and you can choose this golfer’s ideal reward. Local Thetford Golf Club has long been regarded as one of the best courses in the region. It is a terrific challenge for golfers of all abilities. The long par-fours take some reaching, but the par-fives offer the chance of gaining a stroke - as long as you are not too wayward. The four par-threes are crackers - every now and then they blow up in your face :-

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bulk Firewood

For a donation of £70 - a pick-up truck-load of split and dried firewood, normally valued at £100, can be delivered to your door (within 25 miles of the club). Donated by J Leech & Son

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Center Parcs day pass for 5

A day pass for 5 people to the fabulous Centre Parcs at Elveden. The day pass is valid from 4th January 2022 until 26th October 2022. Your party of up to 5 needs to travel in 1 car and at least one member must be over 21. Worth £120. (please contact Peter Barnes for day pass voucher)

£125 or more

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Garboldisham Hamper

For a donation of £125 - you can receive a hamper of delicious produce, normally valued at £150. A mix of locally produced and sourced food, cakes and goodies, along with chocolates, cheese, champagne and red wine.

£130 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Upper Garboldisham Hamper (Barnesy & neighbours)

A mixed hamper worth £150, comprising of some local produce (Leg of lamb, Half dozen Free range eggs & 2 jars of Garboldisham Honey), also 4 x bottles of wine, Boxed bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, 2 x jars of chutney, sweeties, Gnaw milk chocolate shots, Bottle of Pimms No.1, and Quality Street truffles.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Jonny Bairstow Bat

Gray Nicholls bat signed by England World Cup Winner Young Jonny Bairstow. Kindly donated by club kit provider Gray Nicholls.

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Week’s Holiday in a Cabin at Alderwood Lodges

Make a generous donation of £400 - and you can have a wonderful holiday in a 3 bedroom Lodge in this lovely and picturesque part of South Norfolk. Donated by Alderwood Lodges. Depending on the time of year, the lodges can cost over £600, so this is an amazing opportunity.

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