Official Opening of Brocus Pavilion

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A weekend of events took place in Newdigate to celebrate the official opening of the new Brocus Pavilion. This fantastic community building has been built on the site of the old dilapidated cricket pavilion and scout hut and now offers brilliant multi-purpose facilities for a wide range of sporting and community activities.

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The Pavilion was opened on Sunday 19th June by Andrew Wates OBE who praised the amazing efforts of the community who helped raise the funds and participated in the finishing off works to complete this beautiful building. He thanked the main funding bodies, Biffa awards, Sport England, English Cricket Board and London Marathon Charitable Trust whose contributions were fundamental to enabling the project to get off the ground.

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Pictured above are: on the right, Andrew Wates OBE and in the middle Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The others in the picture are Roger Bailey, Andrew Major and John Callcut who all members of the Pavilion Building Committee

The London Marathon Charitable Trust have written an excellent summary of the day which you can read here

 

Following a blessing by Rev Andrew Coe the official opening was marked by scouts, cricket colts and village children launching 1000 multicoloured balloons in the Newdigate Balloon Race.

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The weekends celebrations were kindly sponsored by close neighbours Ibstock’s South Holmwood Brickworks.

The fun started with a Midsummers party on Saturday night dancing the night away to ‘Swing Sisters’ live band and enjoying a succulent hog roast.

Sunday included a sporting feast of cricket including up and coming young colts demonstrating their expertise and enjoyment of the game followed by Newdigate X1 playing against a Surrey Masters team of ex-professional players. Table tennis, football games and other activities were enjoyed by the crowd. Thank you to all the members of the community and village who helped to make the weekend such a success.

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You can still support our fundraising even if you were not able to come along on the day.