MAYFIELD Cricket Club’s new pavilion opened its doors to the public for the first time last weekend.
It was built in record time to replace the old pavilion on the Wellbrook Ground burnt down in an arson attack.
The new, impressive oak-framed pavilion was built by local company Round Wood of Mayfield and finished just six weeks after construction began. The firm supplied and fitted hardwood decking, oak flooring, joinery and reclaimed tiles.
The launch was marked by a match between players selected from the club’s three teams in the East Sussex Cricket League, a drinks reception and barbecue. The event was extremely well attended, with Mayfield’s residents turning out in large numbers to lend their support to a project they stand to benefit from.
Zac Soudain, boss of Round Wood, told the Express: “We are very happy to have helped deliver a building that the whole community can use and be proud of. At times, it was all hands to the pump given the number of tasks that had to be managed to a tight schedule, but it was a project the whole team enjoyed.”
Club spokesman Rob Sharma said: “We are having a really good season and it’s great to get the pavilion as well. We can now provide not only cricket but also a place to be used by the whole community. As a matter of fact we have already been approached by people asking to use the facilities.”
As an inaugural event on Sunday, Mayfield Cricket Club competes against Mayfield Football Club, playing football on Court Meadow in the morning, cricket in the afternoon and a tug of war in the evening.
Zac continued: “The pavilion has already attracted interest from local and national media given impressive architecture, facilities and high-end finishings which means it stands out from the typical club facility.”
It has a footprint of around 400 square metres and as well as changing rooms it features shower areas, a big external veranda, an external oak staircase, a kitchen and a large social area. Other facilities include separate washrooms and disabled access. The pavilion is crowned by a clock tower sponsored by Round Wood which is the latest in a series of interesting projects including a 500 metre house, a large stable complex and an office block.