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Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club secures HS2 community funding for new pitch roller

Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club secures HS2 community funding for new pitch roller: CLUB roller (003)

A Buckinghamshire cricket club has secured nearly ten thousand pounds from HS2’s Community & Environment Fund to buy a new sit-on roller for the club’s ground based in Gawcott.

The £9,683 grant will enable Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club to replace its trusty and long serving push-along roller with a new motorised sit-on machine for its ground at Richard Roper playing fields.

The new roller, made to order by Cornwall-based Poweroll, is due to arrive at the club’s facilities in May.

Martin Piggott, Chairman of Gawcott & Hillesden Cricket Club, said:

"As a small village cricket club, we are really grateful for the award of this money. The purchase of this equipment will enable the club to be fully self-sufficient and prolong the sustainability and longevity of the club, whilst also providing and maintaining a safe playing surface for those wishing to partake in the game."

Since the HS2 Community and Business funds were launched in 2017, fifty three projects in Buckinghamshire have shared over £3.15 million. Projects supported range from a new facility for a brass band charity in Amersham to the refurbishment of a play area in Charndon, making it inclusive for children of all abilities.

Cathy Elliott, Independent Chair of the HS2 Funds, said:

“The HS2 Community & Environment Fund was established to give back to communities, and we are pleased to profile this latest award, especially to enable self-sufficiency for a local sports organisation. This newly awarded project joins a wide variety of activities and organisations supported in the Buckinghamshire area to benefit a broad range of residents near to the HS2 line of route.

With construction of HS2 having started, applications for the HS2 Phase One Community & Environment Fund, and the Business & Local Business Fund are welcome. The Funds are independently administered by community charity Groundwork UK.

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