Official opening of March pavilion


The March Town Cricket Club Pavilion refurbishment was officially opened on Sunday by Chairman of the Trustees Robert Sears during the tea interval of the Annual President’s XI v Chairman’s XI game.

Afternoon tea and cakes were served to all players, members and spectators as part of England’s Ashes team sponsor Waitrose Club ECB Open Day initiative.

Waitrose welcomed members of the community to visit their local clubs by providing the teas free of charge.

The game was abandoned due to heavy rain after two hours play (President’s XI were 75 for 5).

MTCC have been successful in obtaining a grant of £6,659 from WREN for the replacement of windows, doors and patio doors.

The pavilion was built in 1939 and an extension was added in 1984.

It is used by cricketers, as well as members of the March Town Hockey Club and March and District Squash and Racketball Club.

Junior boys and girls footballers and several community groups such as Age Concern “Tuesday Club” use the facilities on a regular basis.

Club chairman Les Mills said: “We would like to thank WREN for funding our replacement doors and windows project.

“It will improve the appearance of the pavilion, be energy efficient and save money on heating and redecoration costs.

“Our pavilion is used by many people in the local community and is a much-needed facility in the town.”

Also during the afternoon for the first time a new club flag was seen flying from the scoreboard flag pole. This flag was paid for from the estate of the late George Granger, a life member since 1975.

George died earlier this year and was connected with the club for over 60 years as a scorer, umpire, bar chairman and committee member.

WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental) is a not for profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.