EFFORTS to secure the future of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club have taken a big step forward, thanks to a £1,500 donation from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee.
Representatives of the carnival committee attended a recent open meeting at the cricket club, where the club’s financial difficulties were outlined. A fundraising campaign was launched to urgently raise £4,000 to purchase a roller for the cricket field in Uplyme, which has been described as essential to the future operation of the club.
After speaking with cricket club officials and players, the the carnival committee resolved to support the work and future plans of the club with a donation of £1,500.
Acting chairman Alex Heath said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet members of the club recently. Club members and officials are so clearly not just passionate about cricket itself, but also totally committed to ensuring future generations of young people from Lyme Regis and Uplyme can continue to have the opportunity to play cricket, on a traditional English cricket green.
“The carnival committee is pleased to step in to support this valued community club which, whilst it is located in Uplyme continues, as it has done for decades, to attract players and members from both Dorset and Devon in equal measure.”
Ian Thomas, chairman of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, thanked the Carnival Committee and said: “As an amateur club, run totally by unpaid volunteers, cost pressures in providing the necessary equipment and running costs of preparing and maintaining such a beautiful ground have escalated rapidly.
“The immediate need to replace the club roller, without which cricket on the traditional grass wicket cannot safely continue, has put the future of the club in doubt.
“The club is very grateful to the carnival committee for its generous donation. This gives our club fundraising efforts an excellent kick start toward ensuring the club can continue to offer cricket to all ages across the area.
“In 2019, the club will be directly supporting carnival, with innovative cricket related activities in Lyme and the surrounding area.”
Mr Heath added: “Looking to the future, carnival will be looking to further support development of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis and the work of volunteers who maintain both the cricket field and ensure that local schools and their children can continue to enjoy cricket, the essence of England.”
California Fitness raffle
Other businesses and organisations have also been forthcoming in helping the cricket club’s appeal, including California Fitness.
Lyme Regis fitness instructors Jesse and Aneesa California are running a raffle to win three-month membership to their classes, worth £105, with all proceeds going to the cricket club’s appeal.
Numbers 1 to 50 are available for £10 each and two lucky winners will be selected once all the numbers have been purchased.
Commenting on their decision to support the club, Aneesa said: “As a local growing fitness provider for the Lyme Regis, Uplyme, Axminster and surrounding areas, we aim to support other health and sports teams/committees in any way we can. We have previously fundraised for charities such as the mental health charity MIND and, although the cricket club isn’t a charity, it is a large part of our community as a ‘not for profit’ amateur sports club and has been for decades.
“Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket club provides sporting opportunities for the young and older generations of the local communities. It brings families together and enables a well-loved, popular sport to be enjoyed locally by many.
“To lose such a club would be so sad when such little funds are needed to keep it alive.”
To buy a raffle ticket, see the California Fitness Facebook page for further details.
Donations can be made to the cricket club’s appeal online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/paul-messer-memorial-roller