THE makeover of a cricket pavilion bowled over everyone invited to its grand opening.
Members of the cricket club, at Bath Lane Recreation Ground, in Fareham, were joined by councillors for the unveiling of their new club house.
Something needed to be done because the recreation ground is Fareham’s hidden gem.Councillor Sean Woodward
Fareham Borough Council spent £500,000 on the refurbishment and extension which has added two changing rooms, a maintenance store and cricket square.
President of the club Paul Barrett, who has been involved with the club for more than 30 years, said: ‘It is great that the council has invested the money into a great local project.
‘The new pavilion is just tremendous and the work the council has done is exemplary.’
Club secretary Mike Townson agreed.
He said the significant investment from the council will enable the club to grow and develop.
‘We hope this makeover will be the catalyst for the cricket club to develop and grow,’ he said.
‘As a club, we want to encourage young people to join.’
The club house is in the Town Quay Conservation Area so the council worked hard to ensure the changes fitted in with the original character of the area.
The clock has the same brickwork and mechanics as before but has a new face.
Councillor Sue Bell, executive member for leisure and community, was at the opening with council leader Sean Woodward, ward councillors Katrina Trott and Paul Whittle and Fareham MP Suella Fernandes.
Cllr Bell said: ‘The recreation ground is a special area.
‘It is a well-used club with members as young as five.
‘The refurbishment is a great investment by the council because to encourage new members you need to have the right facilities which the club house now does.
‘It has top facilities with clean changing rooms and nice shower areas. It is superb.’
Cllr Woodward added: ‘It is absolutely fantastic.
‘I last came to the pavilion about six years ago and it was a disgrace.
‘Something needed to be done because the recreation ground is Fareham’s hidden gem.
‘It is an old town recreation ground and is part of old Fareham.
‘The council have worked closely with the cricket club who have been brilliant.
‘It has been a team project to see what they need and how the council can help.’