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Warminster gets makeover

Warminster CC

Volunteers, undeterred by the elements, set to work on sprucing up the scoreboard at Warminster Cricket Club

England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards and England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke joined volunteers to help renovate facilities at Warminster CC - a week ahead of the main Natwest CricketForce event.

Anxious to crack on with work, volunteers spent the weekend upgrading the club’s facilities despite some atrocious weather.

The trophies won by Edwards’ side - the World Cup and the World Twenty20 - were on display to inspire the next generation of aspiring young cricketers as they toiled away.

Fuelled by bacon and sausage butties, more than 65 volunteers helped clean, paint and repair facilities, while NatWest staff also also got their hands dirty.

Furniture was cleaned and repaired and facilities - including the indoor cricket academy, changing rooms and scorebox - received fresh coats of paint in preparation for the new season.

Despite the weather curtailing work on the new patio, fencing and sight screens, parents offered to return at another date to finish the work they had started.

Regional V manager Ally Jarvis said: “It was a fantastic day for Warminster Cricket Club and we have gained so much more than updating our facilities.

“Through good planning and engaging in NatWest CricketForce, we have new volunteers secured through local business and the community and we have gained additional sponsorship for the club - all on the back of NatWest CricketForce.”