Event of the Week: Autumn Draw

December 8, 2014

Cricket Club Raises Money for Improvements

The Long Marston Cricket Club (LMCC) in North Yorkshire held their second annual Autumn Draw this year with tickets being sold from 19th September until the draw date of 1st December.

Members of the LMCC organised the event with help from other constituent groups of the Long Marston Recreation Group & Village Hall Foundation (LMRG & VHF), which is a registered charity.

Prizes were donated by a variety of sponsoring businesses, some of which assisted with last year’s draw as well. The twenty-four prizes that were a part of the draw included meals, hotel stays, tours and admission passes from favourites such as The Judge’s Lodging, Grand Yorkshire, Castle Howard, Jorvik Viking Centre, The Roman Baths and Abel & Cole.

The club began bringing in U-11 Juniors three years ago and will be running U-11 and U-13 Juniors with external coaching, as well as two senior sides next year. “We are reaching the capacity of our site and looking to acquire an additional two-plus acres of adjacent land to allow for a separate square for the Juniors and improved shooting space for the Ebor Archers,” Ian Roberts, club treasurer, explains. The money raised will be used to “acquire ground maintenance equipment which will enable us to keep the extended site in good condition. We currently have a fifty year old tractor and thirty year old gang mower set, both of which were obtained second hand.”

A cricket club has existed in the village since 1939. The Village Hall, which doubles as their clubhouse, opened in 1985 “after a sustained community effort to bring it into being. Many residents gave their time, skills and resources to build and complete the Village Hall, and it stands as a testament to village life.” Along with LMCC and the archery club, other main users include Long Marston Pre-School and Playgroup, Line Dancing, Zumba and Pilates Classes, Marston Moor Cub Scouts, Yorkshire Countrywomen, Marston Moor Probus and the Over 60’s Club.

Roberts notes that the draw was “promoted largely by word of mouth through members of the Club and also by their attending the annual Village Hall Bonfire event, which brought in over 1200 spectators this year.” He says that those who plan to make a prize draw an annual part of their fundraising efforts need not worry too much about the time and coordination that goes into setting them up, as “it is easier the second time round.”

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