Richard Penney - just run a two

As you readers might be aware, after 148 years of playing cricket at the current ground, Hawarden Park Cricket Club is in the process of moving to pastures new.   The work has been underway for some time now and last year culminated in the creation of the playing area and new square, funded mainly by the club through fund raising activities and events such as a 3 Peaks Challenge and a 3 day Bike Ride from Hawarden to Lord’s. The ECB also helped out with a grant to help with the square.  


The challenge for the club in the next two years is to ‘build the pavilion’. Final construction plans have been completed, building permission granted and now the task of raising the necessary funds commences in earnest.   The club is not looking to provide like for like in the course of this move, the vision is to provide a cricketing facility, which will seek to address such issues as the provision of facilities for girls/women’s and disabled cricket in the region, whilst providing a complex built to standards capable, in the future, of hosting First Class Cricket.  

As we are all aware, financing of such projects through grants is difficult at best and to hope to be fully successful the club needs to show a significant financial input and yes, now here comes the pitch, not a cricketing one of course.   This year the club challenge is to complete 3 Marathons in 3 days from Hawarden to Egbaston, either by foot or canoe along the Canal system on the 9th, 10 & 11th June.   I have committed to undertake this challenge and am seeking any support I can muster from the wider Welsh cricketing community to create a legacy for future cricketing generations in the North East of Wales.    Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you are interested in helping the club in this or any other way, please let me know.  Any support would be truthfully very much appreciated.  


Many thanks  

Richard Penney Director, Cricket Wales Board.      
23 Coed-y-Graig, Penymynydd, Flintshire, North Wales CH4 0XD Tel. 0798 4077758   e-mail [email protected]

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