work on the toilets is now completed, the new fence around the ground is now also completed. development around the ground does however continue to spoil the view.
Biffa award have made a very generous donation of over £7000 to the club to refurbish our toilets. This will create a modern facility at the Hazard. The will be completed by the end of January. Once I am able to upload the photos you can see the finished article and some of the before and after pictures....
everyone at the club would like to thank Biffa award for the opportunity.
Work is continuing behind the scenes to improve our Hazard ground and build a facility which will be around in years to come. We have received the estimated prices for the fencing to go around our ground. Grants can now be submitted to hopefully have a new fence in place for the start of the 2016 season.
Finally we have signed a 25 year lease. The club are now proud long term tenants of the Hazard ground for the first time in our history. Meaning that a wider range of Sports England and ECB grants.
Our 5 year development plan continues to come into play. With the next developments being the refurbishment of the old pavilion which includes the development of a score box and new toilets! Plus sight screens...
Well the club is moving forward on all fronts at the moment. First of all we are proud to announce that in conjunction with the coalfields regeneration trust we have been awarded a grant to purchase a motor roller for the start of next season.
An early morning arrival today of 420 trees also announces our improved security measures, these trees will perform a number of functions, improving the look of the Hazard ground, provide thicker hedges around the ground to increase security. And finally to create a memorial to members of the club killed in World War 1 and more recent members such as Les Ingram. (With thanks to the Woodland Trust)
The Community chest are currently processing our application to purchase a water hog for next season with the money agreed in principle.
The winter work at the field such as scarification of the square and reseeding are now complete with the final cut also being complete - so now all the cutters have been sent away for overhaul or in the case of the other three into the winter off site storage.
The next steps for the club include restoring our John Deere to working condition for next season, the hopeful granting of a 25 year lease from the council and a new security fence around the ground in time for next season.
It was recently decided to help progress the club and push forward to the future and the fruits of our labours are beginning to show.
The clubs is now working towards becoming a charity which in turn will allow us to hold a 25 year lease on our ground for the first time in our history and to allow further development.
The charity application is now in and we are awaiting our confirmation.
Today we planted a number of trees around the ground to improve the existing hedegrows and more are to come. Especially if the woodland trust trees arrive to allow further planting at the hazard.
So by 2015 we hope to have a new lease but also a new steel fence around the ground, a water hog and a new cutter and motor roller if our grant applications prove a success.
After heavy rain last week unfortunately the Hazard has turned into a small bog, despite alot of effort by ground staff the game against fell foul of the weather. On bank holiday monday we hope to see alot of members at the ground to lend a hand.
In other news all the drains at the ground have been cleaned, and after a meeting with our landlords the club are hopeful of signing a new 25 year lease on the ground. Once this is achieved and the club is registered as a charity. We can then hopefully apply for grants as we work towards a new fence, pavilion and drains - hes hoping.
Just a big thank you to everyone at the club who turned out on Sunday to get the ground ready for the season ahead. I heard alot of painting, rolling, cutting and tidying happened on Sunday. So thanks again.
The clubs presentation was held last night and it was a great turn out from all at the club. The Race night raised £200 for the club and even though i heard a few people complaining that i won a bottle of vodka, i might share it if your lucky lads. Well done everyone for supporting the club.