Builders’ merchant, Jewson, has named Galloway Cricket Club Pavilion in Gatehouse of Fleet a winner in its Building Better Communities competition, awarding it £5,000.
The Galloway Cricket Club, set in the heart of the community, has a strong committee of 45 regular volunteers. It relies on funds and donations to continue its work, providing structured sports activities for boys and girls of all ages within the local area.
Dennis Coombs, president of the Galloway Cricket Club, commented: “The existing pavilion is approximately 100 years old, is falling down and can no longer provide the necessary facilities for our ever-increasing numbers of enthusiastic young children and adults.
“We are so grateful for the donation from Jewson. With their help, we can work together to build a new pavilion which will impact the lives of the cricket members and other associated clubs in the area who hope to use the completely transformed Galloway Cricket Club pavilion.”
The winning projects were invited to a Building Better Communities celebration event at the Greenworks Training Academy in Birmingham earlier this month, where property expert and TV presenter, Sarah Beeny, presented the lucky winners with their prizes.
Sarah Beeny said: “It’s so important for members of a community to have places where they can gather and feel proud of.
“That’s why I’m honoured to support the Building Better Communities campaign from Jewson, which is focused on transforming small corners of people’s communities through local, sustainable building projects. The improvements we are making now will benefit not only people today but also communities of the future.”
David Fenton, Marketing Director at Jewson, said: “A huge congratulations goes out to all the Building Better Communities competition finalists. From over 2,000 entries we selected just 14 projects, so it’s a fantastic achievement for the winners and we can’t wait to see the positive effect the prize money will have.
“We’d also like to thank every single project that was involved in the Building Better Communities competition, from the start to the end. The work all of these initiatives do is essential to the lives of so many people across the country so it was really difficult to pick just 14 winners.”
Launched in February, the Building Better Communities initiative is designed to boost community spirit up and down the country by asking projects to nominate themselves for the chance to win a share of £100,000.
Jewson received over 2,000 entries which, with the help of a team of Jewson employees and supplier partners, were narrowed down to a shortlist of 63 projects. After a combination of votes from the general public and further judging, Jewson announced the final 14 worthy winners – each receiving their own slice of the £100,000 prize pot. The prize money will help pay for supplies and labour to improve projects across the country which are so close to our communities’ hearts.
A number of suppliers have committed to supporting Building Better Communities, including British Gypsum, Marshalls, Mastercrete, Regency, SterlingOSB, SAM, Symphony and VELUX.