Read unveil new professional

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READ Cricket Club have already unveiled their new professional for 2013, with the home-grown William Driver returning to the club.

And he will be coming back to a new, improved Whalley Road, as their new build project takes shape.

After several applications for funding, the club successfully bid for a total of £250,000, towards a project cost of £295,000 for new changing rooms, and they thank the Ribble Valley District Council (£10,000), the English Cricket Board (£100,000), Sport England (£50,000) and the Rural Development Programme for England (£90,000) for their support of the project.

However, the biggest problem faced has been an inability to transfer the funding from Read Cricket and Bowling Club to their charitable company Read Cricket and Bowling Club Limited, which would have taken several months to achieve, by which time they could have lost much of the funding and run into the new season.

Therefore, the VAT they were hoping to be exempt from will have to be paid – a total of £46,000.

So the club are looking for between £10,000 and £15,000 of further support, and have unveiled a “buy a brick” campaign.

If anyone can help, please contact Steve Lowes (07812 381782), Greg Hosker (07966 123013), Andrew Turner (07786 462107) or any committee member.

The club will gratefully accept any size of donation, but anyone buying a gold brick for £100 can have a name of their choice engraved on a plaque to be placed in the new building.