One of the oldest cricket clubs in the country has received a £2,000 community grant from Farnham Town Council.

The grant has been used to make essential repairs to the pavilion roof, which has included the renewal of battens, new felt, and tiles.

Cllr Mrs Pat Frost, Mayor of Farnham presented the cheque and said: “Farnham Cricket Club is to be congratulated on all that it achieves. The club is well supported and senior members are provided with great opportunities to develop their skills in competitive cricket. The youth section continues to grow from strength-to-strength and is enjoyed by over 100 players. Farnham Cricket Club has earned Clubmark status which is an accreditation awarded only to high quality community sports clubs.”

Farnham Cricket Club is situated on the edge of Farnham Park and was founded in 1782. It has a track record for growing great talent. In the 1850s a local carpenter called Julius Caesar became a member of the first England team to tour Australia and was also the first player from Farnham to represent England abroad. In the 1980s the club nurtured the talents of the much-celebrated Graham Thorpe.

Farnham Cricket Club 1st XI play in the Surrey Championship. Anybody interested in becoming a member should visit the Club website  or email the Secretary. Local organisations can find out more about applying for a community grant.

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