Perfect weather and a bumper turn-out of volunteers made Great Melton’s 2016 NatWest Cricketforce one of the club’s best-ever and ensured all the pre-season jobs were completed in a few hours. Seventy-one club members of all ages arrived at Melton Park with spades, hoes, paintbrushes etc. and happily set about an array of tasks. The two pavilions, the bar area, sightscreens, scorebox, groundsman’s store, railings and fences all received a lick of paint; the practice areas and artificial wicket were weeded; nets erected, covers prepared, the new garden and terrace area tidied up and work done on the wickets. Many of the materials were again generously provided by Jewson’s Privilege Scheme.
With Mally Howard & Neal Clarke organising the workforce and Steve Clarke maintaining plentiful supplies of teas, coffees, biscuits and bacon butties, most of the large list of jobs were completed well before the Norwich V Newcastle action began at Carrow Road. It leaves just a bit of tidying-up to be done and the Park will be ready for the new season.
Chairman Steve Phoenix said, “The old proverb, ‘many hands make light work’ was well-illustrated on Saturday. With so many people prepared to give just a few hours of their time it enabled us to get so much done. My thanks to all the volunteers who came down to help. The warm, sunny weather was a real bonus and the ground looks superb as usual!”