28.04.2016 - East Carlton Cricket and Community building breed’s new life
An extension and internal refurbishment to East Carlton Cricket and Community building is now complete, and the transformation both aesthetically and practically is visible for all to see.
Thanks to funding from Mick George Ltd of up to £16,500, the Trustees of the facilities have been able to conclude the development which cost around £64,000 bringing a new sense of well being to the local residents.
The original structure was somewhat restrictive for the variety of audiences using the site, whereby the new layout provides a much more versatile environment for all user groups. As well as better surroundings and functionality, the premises now accommodate for increased private hire, generating much needed income without subsequently having an adverse affect on some of the principal activities that the facilities support.
Gary Chambers, Chairman, East Carlton Cricket and Community Trust said: “What started life as a portable building from the Corby steel works, has been transformed over many years to a village facility to be proud of. The final part of this transformation has been to refurbish this once tired looking room, which would not have been possible without the support of the Mick George Community Fund. The outcome has exceeded all expectations and it is hoped it will be enjoyed by all those who use it.”
The maintenance works included an old changing room and shower room being converted to provide vital storage, an internal wall being removed, complete re-decoration, installation of a new floor, emergency lighting replaced as well as better wheelchair access provisions at the entrance to the building.
Jon Stump, Finance Director of Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’The change has been incredible. It’s nice when we’re able to support projects that will clearly benefit multiple users for various reasons.’’
Stump continued: ‘’The scheme has proven invaluable to many local communities, helping to create, restore and protect a whole array of landmarks and projects. Since 2010 when the programme was launched, in excess of £1million has been invested in over thirty individual developments.’’