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Mike Gatting heads down to Heathcoat CC on Saturday April 6th for ECB Natwest Cricket Force

Heathcoat CC’S ECB National Cricket Force day – Saturday April 6th

Heathcoat Cricket Club - Construction

Heathcoat Cricket Club

A visual image of how the new clubhouse will look

A visual image of the new clubhouse set into the glorious National Trust surroundings at Knightshayes

The existing building constructed in the 1920s

Foundations and substructure underway

The timber cut from the National Trust land being cut and formed by Wooden Ways

The timber cut from the National Trust land being cut and formed by Wooden Ways

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

Cladding now being added to the timber structure and works beginning on the roof

Working in the dry

Roof tiles going on, windows and doors installed.

Internal partitioning finished and new wood-burning stove installed!

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Heathcoat Cricket Club volunteers are looking forward to the Saturday 6th April when former England Captain, Mike Gatting will be working at Knightshayes with Natwest Cricketforce volunteers to put the finishing touches on the new pavilion. The project team are asking for cricketers, locals, volunteers and anyone interested in this remarkable project to come down for the day and offer their support. The project still requires funding to complete the works and any assistance in this capacity will be greatly appreciated.

Heathcoat CC Chairman John Smith said that the building would be largely finished before that date and that he hoped club members would be able to feed and water the troops throughout the day. The voluntary teams comprising Natwest bank staff, Heathcoat players and supporters together with other volunteers from around the county will each be led by a member of the construction team so that tasks would be carried out properly and safely.

Benches restoration, landscaping improvements, grass cutting, fence painting, scoreboard maintenance, erection of practice facilities, signage and general cleaning and maintenance will be just a few of the tasks to achieve in a short time, so it’s all hands on deck! John was pleased that Heathcoat were made the Devon Natwest Cricketforce showcase club for 2013 and expressed his gratitude to the England and Wales Cricket Board for their foresight in linking with National Sponsors, Natwest, not only encouraging the self help ethic but also for valuable links to sympathetic businesses, grant aid and additional financial help generally.


Grant aid from Viridor Credits (landfill communities fund), the ECB and the Heathcoat Trust together with the help and cooperation of the National Trust has been central to the success of the project but without over £100,000 of added value from Tiverton volunteers and local businesses it would just not have happened he said. Tiverton people really have “stood up and been counted” and our community should be immensely proud of what they have achieved. Mark Willis and Alfie Chilcott typify the efforts that have been made by local people to produce what we hope will become one of the best Cricket grounds in region as well as providing a great year round resource for community groups in the local area.

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