AFTER securing its financial future following an early season cash crisis, Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, one of the oldest sporting organisations in the area, is now seeking long term tenure of its pavilion.
A summer-long fundraising campaign has put the club, formed 132 years ago, on a firmer footing, but now the focus is on securing a long lease on the pavilion, which was built by members in the early 1980s.
In his report to the club’s annual meeting, chairman Ian Thomas said their fundraising efforts over the latter part of the season had ensured the club could continue for the immediate future, but they were still facing a major structure challenge to secure a sustainable environment to safeguard the long term future of cricket on the King George V (KG5) playing field.
The freehold of the KG5, including the cricket ground and tennis courts, was owned by Fields In Trust (FIT) and managed on their behalf by the KG5 Trustees as a charity under a conveyance from the Uplyme Cricket & Tennis Club Limited in 1938 for the ground to be used “in perpetuity as a cricket field and recreation ground”.
The pavilion was constructed by club members in the 1980s on land within that conveyance.
Neither the KG5 nor the cricket club had been able to undercover any documentation regarding the ownership of the building.
Mr Thomas told members at the annual meeting: “With the immense valued help of Jim Thomas (secretary of the KG5 Trustees) I am pleased to report an agreement in principle that control through ownership of the club pavilion is a key element of the long-term sustainability of the club.
“It is further agreed that this will be achieved through negotiation of a long lease on the land on which the pavilion stands.”