Clubhouse just the ‘business’ after repairs

Fiona Mills, junior secretary of Long Sutton Cricket Club, outside the clubhouse which has been re-roofed after the club got a �46,715 grant from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Fiona Mills, junior secretary of Long Sutton Cricket Club, outside the clubhouse which has been re-roofed after the club got a �46,715 grant from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A project to replace the clubhouse roof at Long Sutton Cricket and Hockey Club has made it an “integral part of the town” again, according to its chairman.

Ian White said the work on the clubhouse in Park Road, funded by a Sport England grant of almost £47,000, had helped secure both sports clubs’ futures “for the next 40 to 50 years”.

Repair work on the leaking clubhouse roof started last December and finished at the end of March, in time for the start of the new South Lincs and Border Cricket League last month.

Work on the re-roofed clubhouse also coincided with the 40th anniversary of its opening by the late Earl of Ancaster, James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, in May 1975.

Mr White said: “We applied for a grant a year ago when we could see that work on the roof definitely needed doing.

“The building had already gone past its original lifespan and was beginning to lose its full integrity.

“Things got dramatically worse when there were holes in the roof and the rain was coming in by the bucketload.

“So we re-applied for the grant as the need was urgent and now it looks the business.”