A cricket club founded over 200 years ago today sits on the brink of collapse because of floods that tore the village apart. Today, Yalding Cricket Club is appealing for new members in order to stay afloat.
The floods that ravaged the country last year had many dire results. For one village in Kent, the latest result could be the loss of a village institution, the local cricket club.
Yalding was one of the country's hardest hit villages. Prime Minister David Cameron visited the village, symbol that it was for the challenges the country faced. The local cricket pavilion was one of many buildings that were inundated when the river broke its banks. While the club has done what it can the repair the damage, the financial burden has proved an insurmountable challenge.
Club secretary, Jonathan Fenn said: "The money needed just to get the pavilion to useable condition has been crippling for the club. With no funds to improve facilities or maintain the quality of the pitch, more and more members have moved on to other clubs. We are essentially insolvent, struggling even to find the funds to buy essential equipment such as cricket balls."
Despite a thriving junior section that is providing youngsters in the village a great setting to learn the game, the financial situation of the club means it is struggling to continue into the 2015 season. With a lack of senior members on their books, fielding a team for the 2015 season looks to be a real challenge.
To overcome their problems, the club is on the hunt for new members. With the season getting closer, places are available for those that fancy a game of cricket. The club are also in need of a new groundsman. Anyone with a love the outdoors, who enjoys their gardening, is encouraged to apply.
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