Our 150th year is upon us.
As a small club, fundraising is always an effort. We had a lively annual dinner in the historic social home of the club, the Neeld Arms, last night – and will raise some £300.00 from that event.
But, much more significantly, we have secured the first major sponsor for GCC150.
Grafton Jones, an accountancy firm in the Chippenham, Keynsham and Bristol areas, has strong connections with the club, and Trudy Josey, their financial director, presented a cheque for £500 to Andrew Carrington, the outgoing club Chairman at the dinner.
We have also received a significant donation of £400 from another company with strong links to the club: SCISYS – a Chippenham based software company.
What are we going to spend this money on?
Our main target is to add a sympathetic dormer and clock to our pavilion, which is itself over 100 years old. We now have some initial plans drawn up by one of our ex-players and captains, “Binary” Inchley, who we bribed with a portion of toad-in-the-hole and a pint of bitter to design and draw up the plans as shown below – let us know what you think..
Things are happening, momentum gaining, stay tuned, get involved….
An early photographer took a picture of a village cricket match in Grittleton… I wonder what he would have thought of a copy of that photo being put through every door in Grittleton and surrounding area, never mind being “tweeted”…
Happy new year – GCC have been busy planning and advertising the events for it’s sesquicentennial celebrations (yes, there is such a word!). We have also been researching and writing up the clubs history, which we will post here as it gets tidied up.
As well as having fun celebrating we are looking to commemorate the event by placing a “proper” clock on the Pavilion, do some proper signage and hopefully rebuild some of the tired interiors and exteriors of the pavilion. To do this we need to raise some funds (around £5,000) so we have included some fundraising amongst our events.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be hosting a fixture from another club who are celebrating 150 years this year: Stanton-by-Dale, on Sunday 22nd July.
More details on the events can be found here, they are summarised below:
With the support of the club and the village we can make this a year to remember and one that is looked back on in 50 years at the GCC 200th.
Bring it on!
Saturday 21st April 2018 is confirmed as the night that GCC will hold a fund raising “race night” in the village hall, Grittleton.
The evening will include a meal and a bar, and for those who have never been to a race night, a chance to have some fun betting on the horses. There will be the opportunity to sponsor races and to (like some premier England Cricket fast bowlers) own horses.
Funds raised will go towards the addition of a clock to the Pavilion, a new club sign and other items that will commemorate 150 years of Cricket at Grittleton and help Cricket last for another 150 years.
For more details, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The GCC 150 Village Cricket Festival will be in Saturday 7th July 2018. See the events page for more information.