Harpenden Cricket Club was established in 1863 and has played on Harpenden Common since then. The start of the league cricket season is upon us and it is great to see so many players enjoying cricket. Harpenden Cricket Club is one of the largest clubs in the county, and has more than 600 members, and runs six Saturday sides and 17 colts teams, including five girls’ sides.
Over the years Harpenden Cricket Club has incorporated many changes including amalgamating with Harpenden Ferndale CC and Harpenden Wednesday CC. And more recently work has been underway to refurbish the pavilion. The new structure will feature improvements to the changing rooms and lounge, as well as improving viewing facilities for club members.
“We have managed to achieve a design that will enable cricket to be played on the common for years to come, “said Club president Geoff Newman. “We are thrilled that we have at last got everything together both in terms of the plans and also the funding. It’s going to be great for everybody in Harpenden. “A big thank you to the tenacity of the project team in making this happen and to Harpenden Town Council for its unerring support.”
Harpenden Cricket Club was given the green light to replace the 45-year-old pavilion in 2015, after the scheme was initially rejected by council officers. The project was funded through donations from club members and grants from Harpenden Trust and Harpenden Building Society.
The new pavilion will become a really useful local asset for Harpenden. The old pavilion’s total floor area was 261 sq. m, the new one will have a 20 per cent more space and a full refurbishment to bring it up to date. The pavilion will soon be available for the community to use outside the cricket season.