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Birstall gets plastered for 2008 NatWest CricketForce

Birstall CC has stolen a march over other cricket clubs by becoming the first in 2008 to make tea for its pavilion plasterers in the run up to NatWest CricketForce.

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Plastering gets underway at Birstall CC

The Leicestershire club, which hit the headlines last year when they brought in a graffiti artist to paint the Clubhouse in a bid to ward off vandals, is one of the most dynamic in the country for the constant improvements they are making to their facilities and 2008 is no exception.

After junior coordinator Andy Corbett made an appeal in the Leicester Mercury 5 for plasterers to come and help them renovate the Club tea room, things started to snowball as Andy describes here.

"A team of plasterers came forward to totally gut the tearoom and plasterboard it then a day later, two more plasterers came to finish the job.

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"I was on Radio Leicester with presenter Rupal Rajani who I challenged to do some plastering on her show.

A local Estate Agent popped up to the ground to have a look and ended up being a matchball sponsor.

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"Then a chap walking his dog came into have a look. Rob Frizzell from GCS Services Ltd normally gives me money to help the junior section but he gave me £100 to pay for brand new worktops for the bar and kitchen area. The dog called Josh is now the club mascot.

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Rob Frizzell with Josh, Birstall Club mascot

"Then the plasterers brother gave me 180 carpet tiles for the floor and promised to cover the bar and kitchen floor with health and safety type flooring (non-slip).

"Not a bad weekend really," said Andy.