Chesham appeal for help after fire destroys pavilion

Chesham's pavilion after the fire on April 1

Members of Chesham Cricket Club are appealing for donations of memorabilia after their pavilion was burnt to the ground in a suspected arson attack last month.

Destroyed along with the pavilion (pictured below in happier times) were the Buckinghamshire club’s roller, sightscreen slats, scoreboard terminal and almost all of the ground equipment. But despite the setback, Chesham’s chairman, Jonathan Royals, has vowed not to allow the fire to ruin the 2011 season.

“It is the pavilion that has burnt down and not the club. This distinction is important,” he said. “As with all major life-changing events I see this as a tipping point for the club … out of the rubble we must endeavour to build a fit-for-purpose pavilion and as a club we must stand together to achieve this goal.”

Chesham’s pavilion was opened in 1963 by Fred Trueman. The club itself is 163 years old and currently puts out four Saturday sides, two Sunday teams and a women’s side. The junior section boasts approximately 300 members.

Anyone with memorabilia relating to Chesham should contact Christopher Royals by emailing chrisroyals123@hotmail.com

Chesham's pavilion before the fire

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