Pleased to see club thriving

Cricketers in action at Chatton.
Cricketers in action at Chatton.

After reading the Gazette (August 28) regarding your article on Chatton Cricket Club, I am delighted to say that I am over the moon to know that the club is very much prospering.

I began playing for Chatton in 1960, and I was involved with the club for the next 42 years, as a player, secretary and treasurer, and finally as chairman.

I do not profess to have been above average as a cricketer but nobody could have enjoyed playing any more than I did.

As mentioned in your paper the present pavilion was built in 1972 and this was largely due to the then secretary Dick Rutherford who organised a sale of lambs at Wooler Mart which raised money to enable this to be done.

In the early 90s when I was chairman I battled with the Playing Field’s Association and I managed to get a grant of nearly £8,000 which enabled us to extend the pavilion and install proper toilets.

When the club almost disappeared altogether in the early 2000s it left me very sad and I was delighted that Max Renwick pulled the club around again.

I hear from elsewhere that Max must have spent a lot from his own pocket to have the club on the footing it is now.

I hope that the pool of players that they have now continue to support Max and if they can enjoy playing for Chatton as much as I did, it will make it all worthwhile, I will never ever forget the wonderful times, I had playing for Chatton.

Albert Matthewson,

Weetwood Avenue