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pavilion and game 2014

West Chilt Pavilion Project

New Pavilion

We have joined together with Keith Tomsett and our friends at West Chiltington Football Club to share our ambitious plans for a new pavilion at the West Chiltington Recreation Ground which has hosted cricket since 1921.

Driving this forward from the cricket club are chief fundraiser and Under 10s coach, Bill Hay, and our chairman and Under 14s coach, Neil Miller. Everything we do until this project is complete will have one goal in mind. To raise money so that this dream can become a reality. To start with, please look at the following Powerpoint here. If you have any questions following this, you should address them to NeilThe structure could cost in the reason of £360,000 and we will need to raise a sizeable amount of that ourselves and that's without any fixtures and fittings. Keep an eye on this page for the latest news - it is updated from time to time.

1. On the 19th June 2012, Horsham District Council (HDC) approved our application. Neil commented: "I am pleased to confirm that at last night’s HDC planning meeting, our application to rebuild the Pavilion was approved. This is clearly great news and means we can shortly move onto the next stage of the process. We are still waiting on news of our grant application from Sport England, which hopefully will be forthcoming in the next few days. On receipt of this news, we will look to liaise with Sussex CCC in respect of a grant from the ECB."

2. In late April 2012, Viridor confirmed to us that they've committed £25k towards the cost of the project. Viridor were a major sponsor of our nets and this is therefore the second time we have received funding from this organisation. For those that don't know, Viridor is one of the UK's leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies. Their website is here.

3. On the 5th July 2012, Neil said: "We have received verbal confirmation from Sport England that they will grant us £50k towards the project. This means we now have two grants (Viridor & Sport England) amounting to £75,000 plus money we have set aside and a further small grant of circa £5,000. I have already spoken to Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) who will now present our project to the ECB who, hopefully, will be minded to grant us 75% of the total build cost.

There are naturally stipulations with regard to this project, in particular the timescales being imposed on us by the various granting bodies. Viridor require us to complete the project within a year of the grant being made (May) and Sport England also a year from June. This means it is absolutely essential that the ECB support us or the project comes to a standstill and we may have to start over again. I have stressed this to my contact at SCCC and he is fully supportive of us and our predicament. In addition to whether they are happy to support our project, the only other issue we may need to overcome is in terms of budgets for this current year. I am not yet sure from when the ECB’s year runs, but we are not currently in this year’s budget allocation and SCCC are working hard to ensure this can be changed as there are always other projects that do not proceed for whatever reason. Suffice it to say, I will keep you all posted". 

4. Neil sent us the following in mid October 2012: "Having secured planning permission in July, your committee is now working hard to secure the funds required to complete the project. Having been led to believe that we could expect a large contribution from the ECB, we now find that funds are limited and we are therefore looking at ways to bridge the gap from other sources. For example, we are looking at how we can trim costs on the build itself and we will also be driving forward with a funding program that includes social events, corporate and member donations. The recent cricket club dinner and race night was a fantastic success raising around £1,400 towards the project. Please look out for and support other initiatives being announced shortly. If you have any brainwaves, please do not hesitate to contact any committee member - all contact detail is on our Committee page".

5. Further update was given by the Chairman in the February Committee minutes here

6. Chairman's May 2013 update: Your Committee have been working hard during the close season to generate the funds required to complete the new Pavilion. We have been in discussions with the ECB and Sport England for the outstanding money and indeed our application for a grant was formally submitted to the ECB on 14th May. If all things go to plan, it is our expectation that building works will start on or around 1st September. In order for this to happen we still need to finalise the grant from the ECB and Sport England and it is expected that we will need to support the project with an interest free loan from the ECB. This means we are still going to need the support of the membership for additional fund raising to repay the loan, such as the Queen Night this summer and other social activities, plus any donations would be very welcome. Final details of the preferred contractor, when agreed, and the schedule for the work to be completed will be announced when the remaining funding has been secured.”

7. The Chairman updated us in early September: "I am pleased to announce that the last piece in our funding jigsaw, namely a grant from Sport England for £50,000, was given the go ahead this week! We are now ready to commence building the new facility and discussions are currently ongoing with our contractor to agree a start date and schedule of works. Assuming the weather stays fine during the winter, it is our expectation that building will commence in October and be finished in time for the new (cricket) season in April 2014. Whilst we have received a number of grants from Sport England, the ECB and Viridor to name a few, in order to meet the full build cost of some £240,000, we have also taken out an interest free loan with the ECB. This is only made available to Focus Clubs and the full amount of the loan (£50,000) will need to be paid back over a 7 year period. This means the club will need to raise significant funds over the new few years in addition to its normal fund raising activities. The Committee will therefore need the full support of all members to assist with generating additional income so please watch this space for planned events and calls for help!". 

We are confident that the new facility will be in use with events all the year round providing a real focal point for the community of West Chiltington, Thakeham and surrounding areas. For those of you who have visited Pulborough Rugby Club, you will know what a hive of activity that is during the winter months. It is anticipated that the West Chilt. facility will rival that so we're going to be spoilt for choice!

Crowther Overton Hart

A cross section of the new pavilion is here. A big thank you to our building surveyors, Crowther Overton-Hart of Steyning, for their assistance in our submission