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LYDNEY and Tewkesbury are celebrating after receiving substantial emergency funding support from the ECB as both clubs continue to battle back from suffering debilitating flood damage.

A cheque for almost £24,000 has been handed over to Lydney towards the cost of building a new machinery building. And Tewkesbury have received just over £14,000 which will be spent on essential repairs to their nets and extending the bowlers’ run-ups.

Lydney committee member Hugh Aldridge said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the news and grateful for how supportive and helpful so many people have been throughout the grant application process.

“We were flooded twice in 12 months and it’s been a tough time for the club, but this money will enable us to build a new machinery building, which will be raised just about a metre higher than present and hopefully make it flood-proof for the future.

The heartbreaking scene at Lydney last year, image courtesy Lydney Cricket Club

“I would like to put on record our thanks for the monies as well as the professionalism and proactive help given by Neil Higginson, the ECB facilities planning manager, and Eric Woodmason, from the GCB.

“I must also commend the ECB’s application and allocation process. It is clear that the ECB make allocations based on historic performance and, importantly, trust. This is a very refreshing approach and I do hope it will continue.”

Eric Woodmason, the GCB’s Clubs and Programmes Manager (North), said: “The grants are terrific news for Lydney and Tewkesbury, and a reminder that we’re here to help clubs with advice when it comes to finding an appropriate funding stream and then dealing with the application.

“I took a distraught call from Lydney secretary ‘Chunk’ Davis the day after the club was hit by flooding, undoing all the good work they had done to recover from being flooded at the start of the year.

“We have a lot of experience dealing with a wide range of scenarios, and we were able to get the application process started very quickly.”

Flood waters once again cover Tewkesbury’s ground, image courtesy Tewkesbury Cricket Club

Tewkesbury, whose pavilion is raised ten feet off the ground because of regular flooding, were particularly badly hit last year as the rain once again submerged their Gander Lane ground for long spells.

Hilary Caudle, the club’s secretary and president, said: “We suffer flooding issues every year but had a really bad time last year so we’re extremely grateful for this money from the ECB.

“We added a fourth lane to our nets two years ago, and we’ll now be able to refurbish all our nets and extend the run-ups. We’ve now also submitted plans for a major redevelopment and extension of our pavilion so it’s an exciting time for the club.”

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