It has been a case of out with the old in with the new at Northowram Fields’ Westercroft Lane ground this winter.
Gone is the old shipping container which the club considered to be something of an eyesore and in its place, they have constructed a purpose-built storage facility which will also house their electronic scoreboard.
And further improvements are in store as the Division Two side continue to upgrade their facilities in line with the league’s Raising Standards initiative.
Lift off. The battered shipping container is lifted from its site ready to be transported
Club secretary Chris Thompson was delighted when the shipping container departed on its final voyage. It was lifted by crane and then taken away by club member Dave Collett who owns a transport business.
Thompson said: “It arrived here around 20 years ago when Fields merged with Northowram. They had been based at Park Avenue and I believe they used it as a changing facility. It had clearly seen better days and we decided that by removing it we would free up space to build a new storage facility.”
He added: “We have a number of sports clubs using our facilities and desperately needed to create some more storage space for all the equipment.
“The project was led by David Moore and Nigel Dodd who directed and organised the team of willing club labourers who helped complete the building.
Nigel Dodd at work on the new storage facitity which is seen taking shape below
“We are delighted with the new building and work is now under way to relocate our scoreboard in the new building.
“Looking ahead, we also want to purchase roll on covers but we have plenty of fundraising to do to pay for the work which will be carried out at the end of the 2021 season."
“We have an abundance of junior cricketers from under-7 upwards. They will benefit greatly from a net facility which is something that we have needed for some time.”
The scoreboard is being dismantled and relocated in the new storage facility.