Gloucestershire show their true colours
A number of Gloucestershire players will try their hand at DIY this weekend as part of the 2013 NatWest CricketForce initiative.
Around 15 of the squad will help volunteers paint Winterbourne Cricket Club’s new pavilion, which has been 18 months in the making.
Batsman Dan Housego, who will be lending a hand, said: "The players at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to support our local clubs in any way we can.
"I am not sure what some of the lads' painting skills will be like but we are looking forward to doing our bit to help Winterbourne CC move a step closer to completing their pavilion, which will be a fantastic facility for the cricket club and the local community."
Club secretary Liz Bracey said: "I think it will be fantastic for our members because the last time a lot of them saw it, it was just a shell and now it is a club house.
"People have been very good about giving up their time to help but having the GCCC players there on Saturday will encourage more people to come and lend a hand and it will be a great morale boost for everyone."
Due to a lack of funds, Winterbourne were heavily reliant on club stalwarts Alan Luton and Mike Anstey to invest their time, with their efforts earning them a NatWest outstanding services to cricket award.
After help from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, a grant from England and Wales Cricket Trust and materials from Wiltshire construction firm Gaiger Brothers, the club are hopeful of completing the pavilion by the end of the summer.
Steve Silk, cricket development manager at the Gloucestershire cricket board, said: "It is fantastic to see the pavilion project coming to fruition.
“It just shows that when people put in the time and effort great things can happen.
“The original quote was around £250k to £270k but by asking questions, speaking to different people and forming partnerships with groups like the college they have managed to get it built for a fraction of the cost."