December 5, 2012 | Community News
A north east Derbyshire cricket club has found the grass much greener this season thanks to a community grant from a renewable energy firm.
Glapwell Colliery Cricket Club, near Chesterfield, has been playing in the Bassetlaw & District League since it was formed in 1892 and has more than 65 members.
The Club was given a grant by Banks Renewables, via its Banks Community Fund, to fund the purchase of a new grass roller and edge mower.
And after completing a successful season which saw its 1st XI finish fourth in the League’s top division, the club is keen to thank Banks for the difference the new roller has made to the standard of the pitches they’ve played on, as well as to the amount of work that the volunteer groundsmen need to do.
The new roller replaced two very old rollers that were becoming unreliable, expensive and time-consuming to maintain, while the new edge mower makes light work of the weeds which encroach right around the ground.
Glapwell Colliery Cricket Club currently has three teams playing in different divisions of the Bassetlaw League, as well as two in the Mansfield Sunday League, and has set up a thriving youth section which includes both boys and girls.
Players’ wives and children play an active role in club life and, for the last 40 years, have joined the players on their annual club tour to Devon.
Club treasurer Phil Matthews says: “We’re very much a family club and rely on our members to help with the upkeep of the ground, which is an intensive and year-round job, and the kit we were previously using to do the work was getting well past its sell-by date.
The new equipment is making life much easier for everyone involved and improving the finish of the playing surface too, so we’re really grateful to Banks for providing the funds we needed to bring it in.”
Banks is the company behind the proposed Losk Lane wind farm to the south of Bolsover, which would sit on land to the north of Glapwell, approximately two miles to the east of the M1 motorway, and which would produce enough renewable energy to meet the annual electricity requirements of around 3,476 homes.
If the scheme is approved, Banks has committed to making a £50,000 investment in setting up a Warm Zone scheme across the Bolsover area, which will deliver a range of energy efficiency improvements into local properties, as well a establishing long-term benefits fund that would enable the company to fund a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Glapwell Colliery Cricket Club plays an important role in the local community and we’re very pleased to be helping the members who dedicate so much of their time towards maintaining the ground.
“Banks’ policy is to deliver long-lasting economic, social, employment and environmental benefits to the communities in and around the areas in which we’re working or looking to work, and we hope that everyone associated with the club feel the benefits of this investment for many years to come.”