|Pudsey St Lawrence chairman Chris Gott|
Pudsey St Lawrence have unveiled their re-furbished clubhouse.
More than three years of fund-raising has resulted in a stunning transformation at Tofts Road.
The changes will dramatically improve the viewing experience for spectators with new floor to ceiling windows being installed where the old bar was.
A larger bar has been constructed on the back wall and a new “memorobilia corner’ has been established which is sure to be a popular feature with cricket followers. It is adorned with items charting Sir Leonard Hutton’s wonderful achievements, team pictures and photograph’s of former overseas players.
The room has been completely redecorated in neutral colours and new bar tables, chairs and stools have created a family atmosphere which is complemented by new lighting.
The whole scheme cost £43,000 and much of the work was done by club members.
Club chairman Chris Gott is delighted with thenew-look clubhouse.
He said: “This is something we have wanted to do for our members. The clubhouse was looking very old and tired so this was something that we needed to do.
“It has been a long hard road. So much work went in to raising the money. The members have been magnificent in supporting our events.
“I must confess that I was beginning to get tired of going to dinners and I don’t think I would be too bothered is I didn’t go to another race night, but our members kept on digging deep and supporting us.
“I am sure they will like what we have created. We are very pleased with the end result.
“They certainly seemed to enjoy it when we opened the clubhouse last Saturday. They were queing up outside when we opened and it was packed all night.”
Pudsey St Lawrence intend to officially open the clubhouse when they play Central Yorkshire League side Towville in a special challenge match on April 14.
In recent years St Lawrence have repeatedly updated their facilities. previous projects have included the refurbishment of their changing rooms, the installation of an electronic scoreboard, the purchase of outdoor nets and an artificial wicket.
Gott added: “As a club we have consciously taken the decision to invest in our facilities rather than spend all our money on our team, but while doing that we have still managed to remain competitive and have won trophies in each of the last three seasons.”