Parsonage Meadow saw Whitchurch Cricket Club organise a well-attended Community Gala on Sunday afternoon. And in other news England won the Cricket World Cup.

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CG 04 P1080177Tranquil setting on the Meadow
The tranquil setting of the Cricket Ground hosted a variety of activities, competitions and stalls as well as an exciting display of Falconry.

From Sizzling to Scones
As sausages and burgers sizzled on the BBQ stalls raised funds towards the Club’s aims for a new pavilion. The English afternoon staple of scones and tea were offered along with the most essential bar serving local beers. The Tombola was particularly popular while Splat the Rat and Throwing the Sponge added to traditional attractions.

CG 06 P1080157Live music was enjoyed with an ‘Open-Mic’ session and Cricket exercises and games were available for younger enthusiasts wishing to test their skills.
Face Painting was also popular, along with the Bouncy Castle.

CG 03 P1080184Birds swooped low over the crowds
Two flying displays were the highlight of the afternoon with the birds swooping low over the audience along with an informative commentary.
“It was a truly lovely afternoon” said one visitor.
“I haven’t enjoyed such an event for a very long time.”
“The Club should be proud of both this event and themselves.”

Supporting the heritage
The Cricket Ground is one of the town’s most special assets having been a part of the Whitchurch history for many years with the Club being formed as far back as 1776. There is no doubt the ground is at some risk and efforts are taking place to protect it.
 
CG 05 P1080161Last year the Town Council achieved its listing as an Asset of Community Value and grants have been obtained to help revitalise cricket.
All Star Cricket has been arranged for young potential players and the Club is now established in the local League, having almost ceased to exist.

CG 07 P1080185Events like this show the support the town has for this historic Club and for its lovely ground on Parsonage Meadow which many believe must be protected at all costs.

Maybe Whitchurch will one day have players for England.

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JohnB