Cricket club electronic scoreboard from council grant
Members of Stonesfield Cricket Club are proud owners of a new electronic scoreboard after receiving a grant from West Oxfordshire District Council.
The club received more than £1,500 after pitching for funding from the Community Facilities Grant Scheme.
Chairman, George Redknap, said: “The scoreboard looks great. The idea of an electronic one has been there for a couple of years now, and it’s taken a lot of hard work to secure funding, so a big thank you to the council and everyone involved.
“We’re hoping the new scoreboard adds extra interest to the games. Just having it has put a buzz around the club, and we have received some very positive comments already. It’s also been a big hit with the players, with no shortage of volunteers to do the scoring so far this season!
“We are incredibly lucky to have our facilities at Stonesfield and cricket plays a huge part in attracting visitors and spectators to the ground throughout the summer months.”
The scoreboard cost more than £6,000, and fundraising took around two years to reach its target.
Also benefiting from a £10,000 Community Facilities Grant is Great Rollright Parish Council. The money will go towards installing new equipment at the village playground.
Cllr Jane Doughty, Cabinet Member for Customer Delivery, said: “We know these grants mean so much to those who receive them as they make a real difference to their communities.
“I am delighted the money is being put to such good use, and I would encourage similar organisations to check the criteria and see if they are eligible.”
Community Facilities Grants of up to £50,000 are available twice a year and fit with the council’s priorities of supporting healthy towns and villages and strong local communities.
See https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/communities-and-leisure/community-grants-and-funding/ for more details and an application form.
The next closing date for applications is 31 August.