Proposed plans – July 2017

Latest pavilion news (April 2018)

Great news and a HUGE thank you!!! Sport England and the London Marathon Charitable Trust have granted us £75k and £150k respectively toward the new pavilion.

There is now some additional information that we need to submit (evidence of good governance being in place and so on) but we expect to complete these steps within the next few weeks. With the funding raised by the club plus the (unofficial) offer from the ECB of £150k, we have a total of around £400k.

Sport England receive 220 applications a week and the Marathon Trust is similarly inundated with bids. Their awards are the culmination of years of hard work by our committee and our members to raise the profile of the club and to ensure good governance. Our increased playing men’s membership, the successful ladies’ section, the rapidly growing junior section, our work with Surrey Cricket Board, the NatWest CricketForce event and the two club videos have all impacted on our funding success. Last, but certainly not least, are the hours committed by our Chairman, John Greenwood, in submitting the successful applications.

We also learned in March that our new planning permission had been approved by Southwark Council. There will be more permissions required from our landlord, Dulwich Estates, in due course but that comes after funding is secured.

The job is not over, but the finishing line is significantly closer! Well done everyone!

By you may be wondering why we so desperately need a new pavilion at all. If so, read on…

The club seems to be thriving. Why do you need funding for a new pavilion?

At a time when participation in cricket is in decline across the country, we are bucking the trend. Our ever growing membership means that we now often put out seven men’s teams on Saturdays, two friendly sides on Sundays and one on Wednesdays. Our ladies’ side is looking like becoming two sides in the near future. Our juniors are grew from 100 players to 150 in 2017 and we are well on the way to having 220 junior players this year and 320 by 2020. We are running junior league cricket in seven age-groups and this year we expect to go to several all-girls cricket festivals in two age-groups.

Counting parents, partners and social members, by 2020 we expect to be a sporting and social hub for well over 1000 members of the local community, bringing together young and old, male and female, wealthy and disadvantaged and a huge range of ethnicities, religions and nationalities. We bring together our local community like no other organisation can. Each year we also welcome thousands more players and family members from other clubs, and we provide the facilities for many other roaming and workplace teams to play friendly cricket as well.

In spite of this unusually healthy membership, and the value we provide to the local community, the future of the club is under threat.

Club under threat – rising costs of heating and repairs

Our pavilion, which was built by members in the 1950s, has become increasingly expensive to maintain. In the last few years we’ve needed to repair the roof several times, repair collapsed ceilings in multiple places, rebuild areas of the rotten wooden floors, and have had to replace collapsed underground plumbing. There are numerous large cracks in our walls and part of the building at the rear is falling away due to subsidence, with a gaping crack now open in the roof. In addition to this, the lack of building insulation and poor roof construction means high energy bills.

The clubhouse was for many years used in the daytime as a children’s nursery, which provided a delightful and safe environment for pre-school children while bringing in much needed revenue to help keep the club going. Due to the condition of the building, we no longer have the nursery.

Members are trying incredibly hard each year to save costs, increase membership, increase facilities hirings and raise money through social events, but the club is still only just breaking even. The club already owes several thousand pounds to some very generous members who have lent their own money to the club, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get revenue through hirings due to the condition of the buildings.

There is a very real possibility that the club will, perhaps as early as this year or next year, start losing substantial sums of money, which could mean the club needing to close down. This would be a massive loss to the local community.

Why would a new pavilion help?

A new pavilion would lower the cost of repairs and lower our energy bills while bringing in new revenue by once again being a children’s nursery, and based on the other clubs that we have talked to who have build new pavilions, we can expect to get many more pavilion and pitch hirings. Some of those other clubs have told us they have needed to hire staff in order to cope with demand. This could be a difference of many, many thousands of pounds per year.

The club would then be in a position not just to survive, but to invest in ever better facilities that would help us get even more members of the local community active through cricket. It might, for example, make possible the renovation of our nets (a £30,000 project), enable the club to support more players to get trained for coaching juniors, to offer better facilities for disabled cricketers, to provide better financial assistance to players from disadvantaged backgrounds and to provide a cricketing experience more conducive to getting larger numbers of girls, women and over 50s playing the game. We might be able to lower our membership fees in general, making cricket more affordable to all.

Our ultimate objective is to ensure that cricket is played, and thrives, on this Inner London site in 50 years’ time and that the club remains a successful and financially viable organisation of local importance.

How much money needs to be raised?

We launched our fundraising effort in 2014 with a successful opening night in which we raised over £40,000 from members. Since 2014, members of our executive committee have been working with the relevant authorities to put together a project plan, designs, planning applications and funding applications. We have been applying for funding each year, learning with each application and with each bid better demonstrating the benefits the new pavilion will provide to the community.

The pavilion design was revised in 2017 to reduce costs, but we still require a total of around £600,000 to replace the pavilion. This is the cheapest viable option for a basic but functional clubhouse that meets all of the required standards. The proposed plans for the new pavilion have been discussed at length with the Surrey Cricket Development Team, the ECB and the design team (Macdonald Design Ltd).

We now have commitments of £125 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, £75k from Sport England and a unofficial promise of around £150k from the ECB. In addition to fund raised from members, we have around £400k.

We will now be submitting bids for further grants from various other charities to raise smaller levels of funding and, of course, we will be planning a big fundraising push by those at the club!

It is looking feasible that, with a bit of luck, we could be seeing building works start within the next 1-2 years.

How can I support?

You can donate by credit/debit card or PayPal by using the PayPal payment system below. Donations go directly into a segregated Pavilion Fund bank account.

Supporters can buy a brick to contribute to the construction of the pavilion. All those who do so will have their contribution permanently recognised by a plaque bearing their name on the ‘Supporters Wall’ that will take pride of place in the new pavilion.

Bricks are priced as follows:

  • Bronze – £100
  • Silver – £250
  • Gold – £500
  • Diamond – £1000
  • Platinum £2500

These and other options can be discussed with our Club Secretary, Karen Klomp ( If you are unable to support financially, perhaps you can use your persuasive powers to get a local business involved in the project, help with the organisation or attend the club social events. Every little helps…!

We would also very much welcome individuals or businesses who would like to part-sponsor the new pavilion or the club in general.

How else can I help?

If you don’t feel able to make a financial contribution there are plenty of other ways you can play a part. Here are some suggestions:

  • Could you complete a sponsored event to raise some funds?
  • Do you have skills that could be used in either the fundraising or construction process?
  • Do you have contacts that could help us source cheaper building materials?
  • Could you organise or contribute to putting on an event that would raise money for the pavilion?
  • Would your employer be interested in sponsoring the club or making a donation?

These are just a few of the many things you could do to help out. If you think you could do one of the above or have your own idea of how you could contribute then please get in touch with our Chairman, John Greenwood, for further details.

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