Flatter track for lands’ cricketers thanks to £9,600 Banks Renewables grant

November 28, 2012 | Community News

Despite having to battle through another rain-sodden summer, the players at a Teesdale community cricket club have been enjoying improved facilities this season thanks to a four-figure donation from Banks Renewables. 

Lands Cricket Club received a £9,674 grant from Banks, via its Banks Community Fund, which paid for a new grasscutter, strimmer and a range of accessories, which have been used to improve the quality of the pitches on which matches have been played when the elements have allowed. 

The grant also covered the cost of much-needed pre-season preparation of all of the ten pitches which make up the cricket square, which had previously had less attention than it ideally needed due to a lack of funds, and for the treatment of the boundary fence around the ground to help keep it protected from the weather.

Founded in 1894, Lands Cricket Club runs two senior teams which compete in the A and C Divisions of the Darlington & District league, as well as having a number of local junior players on their books. 

It’s the second time that Banks has provided funding for the club, with a £2,200 grant given in 2010 being used to help pay for a number of ground improvements. 

Carroll Simpson, chairman of the Lands Cricket Club committee, says: “The grounds equipment that we had previously enabled us to do what we had to do, but it was very old and needed a lot of maintenance.

“The new cutter is much more reliable and easier to use, and it produces far more consistent results, which means that the quality of the pitches that we can prepare has also improved in turn. 

“Having better pitches not only encourages teams to try to bat properly during matches, but it also helps us attract and retain more players in the first place, which is especially important at a time when a great number of clubs are struggling to put out as many teams as they used to. 

“We’re very grateful to Banks for their continuing support of our club, and can only hope we see as much sunshine next season as we saw rain this!” 

Banks is the company behind the proposed Windy Bank wind farm, which would be situated on agricultural land between Woodland and the southern edge of Hamsterley Forest. 

The wind farm would produce enough energy to meet the annual electricity consumption requirements of around 7,400 homes, and would prevent the release into the atmosphere of around 15,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year that would occur with the production of the same amount of energy by non-renewable means.

Around 30 jobs would be created during the site preparation and construction phases of the scheme, with local firms having the opportunity to tender for a range of related contracts worth up to £3.5 m, and an associated £625,000 benefits fund would enable Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people over the wind farm’s 25-year lifespan. 

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, adds: “Supporting local organisations like Lands Cricket Club is central to the way in which Banks looks to work in all the communities in which we operate, and it’s great to hear about the positive impact that this funding has already had. 

“This grant is an excellent example of the sort of community-based project that could be supported from the Windy Bank benefits fund, and we hope we are given the opportunity to help make major long-term improvements to a range of local facilities by using revenues from the wind farm in this way.” 

The Banks Community Fund is administered in partnership with the County Durham Community Foundation.  Further information on the types of capital projects that may be eligible for funding for community groups or voluntary organisations in the vicinity of a Banks Group development is available on www.bankscommunityfund.org.uk

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