Hampton Hill Cricket Club celebrated the completion of their new pavilion last weekend, two-and-a-half years after an arson attack destroyed the previous building. A reception was held in the pavilion on Friday evening to thank some of the main funding partners and major contributors to the club’s Phoenix Fund. Speaking at the event, Club President, Dave Mackinney hoped that the pavilion would prove a fitting legacy for this generation of members to leave behind. He thanked Sport England, Hampton Fuel Allotment and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their generous contributions and praised the efforts of club members and those of the entire community for their magnificent response to the club’s plight back in 2010. The Phoenix Fund currently stands in excess of £90,000.
Mr Mackinney went on to thank Neil Pyper and Shaun Hobson from the Rising Sun in Hampton Hill for all their support over the last two years. The pub became the club’s base for two seasons during the rebuild process and they continue to support the club through a generous sponsorship deal.
Speaking on behalf of ECB, Paul Bedford (Head of non-first-class cricket), said that the £585,000 project had been a showcase for the governing body and proved how they could come to the aid of clubs in need.
The club’s chairman, Nally Fernando praised the efforts of the architect, Steve Macdonald and builders JW Cannon, the latter for working through some extreme weather conditions at times last winter. He presented both with an award. In return, Neil Inglis from JW Cannon presented him with the remaining keys to the pavilion. Mr Fernando then presented the inaugural Chairman’s Medal to Kevin Rice for his “outstanding and tireless” contribution to the project.
The formal part of the evening was completed when Ann Crane and James Harding cut a ceremonial ribbon on the veranda, watched by guests including Vince Cable, MP and the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Meena Bond.
The new pavilion is clearly having an effect on the cricket field, with the First XI completing their fifth consecutive league win on Saturday to go 28 points clear at the top of Fullers Surrey League Division 2. The Second XI also recorded a win. An influx of new players sees the club fielding four teams this Saturday and two on Sunday.