Caddick flies into Hampset
Hampset CC will provide a helicopter landing pad for Andrew Caddick on Sunday when he flies in with Somerset team-mate Ian Blackwell to lend a hand with transforming the club as part of NatWest CricketForce 2007.
On arrival, the 6ft 5in Caddick - a qualified pilot with his own helicopter business - will paint parts of the club's sightscreen that other cricketers cannot reach and provide coaching tips for children taking part in the NatWest Cricket Roadshow.
The build-up to the weekend has involved more than 100 volunteers, mostly players and parents of the junior members plus around £10,000 worth of materials.
The projects range from clearing twigs off the outfield to putting the finishing touches to the remodelled clubhouse
The kitchen and skittle alley have been swapped to ensure spectators can drink tea while watching cricket, and so that cricket and skittle matches can be played simultaneously, which was not possible previously.
Painting, tiling, cleaning, turfing, fencing and curtain-making are all skills that will be in demand over the weekend and club officials have gone to great lengths to secure materials and services via donations that can help them achieve their aims.
Among the items supplied are sports equipment for auction, kitchen units, recycling skips, paint brushes, hanging baskets, nets, beer and samosas.
Blackwell and Caddick, whose employers Somerset CCC donated an autographed bat for auction and organised and funded AA signs to the event, will be joined by England player Beth Morgan and Somerset’s Stephanie Davies plus a selection of VIP headteachers and sports teachers from the across the region.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Mrs Carol Paradise, will unveil a special plaque donated by Bath Granite to commemorate the occasion.
Hampset was chosen as one of six showcase clubs for the 2007 NatWest CricketForce weekend among a record 1,128 that are registered to take part, involving around 80,000 volunteers.
Project manager Adrian Jeffrey said NatWest CricketForce would be the largest organised by the club so far.
“We are seeing more people get involved which is encouraging because the volunteers feel they have an ownership of the club and that’s what it is all about," he said.
"Our youth membership has grown gradually in recent years from three to six teams and around 150 members so we are now running at almost full capacity.
“The changes we are making to the clubhouse, plus all the new signs, new gates and fences and the big tidy up will encourage more people to come down to Hampset and watch the game or play skittles.”
For more details visit the Hampset CC website.