RESIDENTS from retirement village Charters Village enjoyed afternoon tea and music at Cumnor House School as part of a special handover ceremony between the two West Sussex establishments.
A disused cricket pavilion, discovered in the grounds of the East Grinstead retirement village when construction began two years ago, has been moved and painstakingly restored to its former glory.
It now takes pride of place in the grounds of nearby Cumnor House and was officially opened last week. Retirement Villages’ representatives accompanied residents to see the pavilion in action, with members of the Sussex County Cricket Team putting the young sporting talent at Cumnor House through their paces.
“It is pleasing to see the local community working together to create a feature which will be a real benefit to many aspiring cricketers, young and old, for many years to come,” explained Nigel Welby, Chairman of Retirement Villages Group Ltd and governor at Cumnor House.
Retirement Villages, together with construction partners Kier, donated the pavilion to the school. Local club Griffin Cricket Club donated £1,000 towards the cost of reconstructing and refurbishing the pavilion and building the steps while Cumnor House site manager Wayne Martin and his school maintenance team carried out the necessary work.
“The results speak for themselves,” added Cumnor House Bursar Mark Dickens. “This is a wonderful facility that has now been carefully restored and given a new home where it will be extremely well used for many years to come.”