A thank you from Fiona Shafer, Chair of the HDPFA
“I am writing to you all on behalf of the Hadlow Down Playing Field Association to say an enormous thank you to all of you and your organisations who helped us to successfully raise the sum of £15,876.00 to purchase the new Poweroll Mower which will replace the ancient , pedestrianised cricket roller that has been used since 1975.
The new mechanised roller will work more quickly and efficiently, allowing fuller use of the five wickets currently in action and returning two further wickets to service.
With over 50 cricket matches planned this season at the Hadlow Down Playing Field , the new roller will make an incredible difference to the volunteer hours spent on the pitch and to the overall quality of our much loved cricket pitch.
Alongside direct grant applications to funding bodies ,we have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by you and your organisations and also to the level of creativity and innovation in terms of fund raising activities - Jumble Sales,Quiz Night, Bonfire & Fireworks, Steam Rally Stalls, Pop Up Restaurants and everyone of you who assisted with them.
As a very small community in the High Weald , working in partnership is very necessary and incredibly important to us in order that we are able to sustain the Playing Field and its sporting facilities for the future and we cannot thank you enough.
As a committee, our final thanks must go to Bob Lake, who has project managed the Roller Project ( as well as the wicket !) and been the catalyst behind it all coming together - a great job done Bob !
With kind regards, Fiona”
TR Supports Grass Roots Cricket in Sussex
Donation Given to Hadlow Down Playing Field Association’s ‘Cricket Roller’ Project
TR Fastenings is making a donation towards new equipment which will support club level cricket at Hadlow Down, an East Sussex village just six miles away from the company’s headquarters in Uckfield.
With its Cricket Roller Project, the Hadlow Down Playing Field Association is raising funds to replace the pedestrianised roller it has relied on to keep pitches smooth since first registering as a charity in 1975. A newer, bigger, mechanised roller will work more quickly and efficiently, allowing fuller use of the five wickets currently in action and returning two further wickets to service.
Located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hadlow Down cricket field hosts nearly 50 cricket matches each season, seeing action on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue is home to Hadlow Down & Moulsecoomb Wanderers Cricket Club as well as Buxted Park Cricket Club. In July this year, as part of a week-long sports and recreation festival organised by the Hadlow Down Playing Field trustees, the venue will also stage a ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket tournament involving several local primary schools.
Mark Belton, CEO of TR’s parent company Trifast plc, commented: “TR has always been proud to support local communities, and what could be more appropriate in Sussex than helping grass roots cricket? This is the county where the sport first really took hold all those years ago, before growing to have a global presence – a story which parallels our own!”
The Cricket Roller Project is very close to reaching its target of nearly £1600. The majority of funds raised so far have come from community events organised by the Playing Field Association such as pop up meals, village quizzes, and an annual bonfire and fireworks evening. Grants have also been donated by the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, Tesco Bags of Help scheme, Waitrose Community Matters scheme and Sport England. But, as importantly, the Playing Field Association has received financial support from other village organisations such as the Village Fayre, the Variety Club, the Tap Club and Hadlow Down & Moulescoomb Wanderers CC.
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