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Local cricket club bowled over thanks to funding
10 November 2014

Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill Cricket Club in Chatham has secured a £15,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). 


The club was formed in 2011 when two smaller clubs, Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill, merged, but the existing grounds and clubhouse were last modernised in 1979.  Following many years at the heart of the local sporting community, the club house is in need of renovation to ensure its continued use for many years to come.  The development project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will contribute towards a bigger project of restoration.  Works will include the creation of new toilets, changing rooms, an equipment store, an enlarged bar area and an extended veranda featuring a spectator area with glazed bi-folding doors.  Once the major renovation works have been completed, new flooring and decoration throughout will complete the project.


Colin Dix, Club Facilities Development Officer, Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill Cricket Club, said:


“We are a forward thinking, progressive club, with the aim of growing our membership, whilst continuing to be an integral part of the local community.  The grant from Biffa Award will be a key in helping us to refurbish our clubhouse and create a facility that our members can be proud of.” 


John Underwood, Chairman, Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill Cricket Club, said:

“The Biffa Award funding will ensure that we are able to complete our overall refurbishment project and create a facility for the local community.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve sports clubs for the benefit of the local community.  For more than 16 years recreation facilities across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”