Lottery will help secure future for historic Downend Cricket Club
Published on: 28 Feb 2016
DOWNEND Cricket Club has launched a monthly lottery to raise funds to safeguard its future.
It follows the significant decision by members at the annual meeting to remain at the WG Grace Memorial Ground in North Street rather than pursue a move elsewhere.
The lottery is the first initiative of the new fundraising and sponsorship committee headed by Paul Williams and Neale Pocock. The first draw will take place on March 26.
Paul said: “Taking part in the monthly Downend Lottery is one way that you can help make sure our club not only remains, but thrives. We would not only like to remain open, but build on our cricketing success, update facilities and develop our offer for youth and women’s cricket. Your monthly donation through the Downend Lottery will go a long way towards realising these ambitions.”
Over the last four years, the club has been looking for an alternative site in or near Downend where it could provide two pitches as well as improved social facilities.
Some members felt that a move was necessary to ensure development of the sport and attract grants. But traditionalists did not want the club to abandon the ground where it has played since 1920.
Members at the annual meeting did not feel that any of the options proposed by the developer – who wanted to create flats and shops at the four-acre cricket pitch in the village centre – met their criteria so they voted to stay put.
Club chairman Mike Richmond said the decision was not the end of the hard work but the beginning of a new phase of fundraising to make sure the club could thrive, offering additional girls’ women’s and youth cricket as well as continuing to support the existing teams.
The lottery will give participants the chance to win up to three cash prizes at the end of each month, while also raising money for Downend Cricket Club. Participants can take part by purchasing entries via a monthly standing order, or by purchasing six or 12 months’ entries with cash.
Each entry costs £5 per month, with no limit to the numbers of entries a person may purchase. Buy two entries per month and you’ll get a third free, or sign up to three entries per month for a year and you’ll receive a free one year single or joint club membership (membership will also offer 10 per cent off all drinks behind the bar any time that the club is open).
More information on how to sign up for the lottery can be found on the club’s website, www.downendcricket.co.uk.