WARKWORTH Cricket Club’s plan to erect a new pavilion at an estimated cost of £2,400 has received a set-back, for planning permission has been refused by Northumberland County Planning Department.
The site for the pavilion was to have been in the north-west corner of the field, but the planners say that the building would ‘detract from the artistic value and would be obtrusive in an essentially open site.’
Members were told at their annual meeting on Tuesday by their secretary, Mr Jack Nyberg, that there was a ‘glimmer of hope’ left, for club officials are to meet the planners of the site.
In an effort to raise funds for the plan, which would be left in abeyance until the meeting of planners and officials had taken place, Mr A Gray suggested that the club take out a covenant.
If members and vice-presidents were asked to subscribe annually to this then in a period of seven years the donations would have shown a considerable profit. Mr H Robinson agreed to investigate the suggestion.
Following a suggestion by Mr J Hudson, treasurer, it was agreed to run a sweep throughout the year.
Mr Hudson stressed that the annual whist drive and dance had become an event which was financially carried by the annual draw.
In an effort to correct this, he said the committee had decided to hold a much larger draw at a different time of the year.
This would mean that the whist drive and dance would be abolished.
It was agreed that the rule appertaining to the captain and vice-captain not being available for the first-team selection be abolished.
It was felt the present rules did not allow a younger member to stand as captain or vice-captain of the 2nd XI because he would not be able to play on the senior side.
For the first time in many years, Sunday cricket is to be allowed at Warkworth.