John Isgar Pavilion unveiled in Mark

Mark Cricket Club officially opens new community hub

On June 3rd, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Mark Cricket Club held a special ceremony to unveil its new home attended by members of the local community. The new building is named after long time member John Isgar and was formally opened by the local vicar, Revd Christine Judson.

The club, which was founded in 1885, has been located at different grounds over the last few years but will remain permanently on Vole Road.

We are delighted we can help provide access to the wonderful game

Stephen Haskayne, Senior Project Manager on the Hinkley Connection Project who attended the opening said, “We are delighted we can help Mark Cricket Club provide access to the wonderful game of cricket and encourage local people to keep active,  We hope the community get a lot of enjoyment out of this new facility for years to come and we look forward to finding more opportunities to give back to towns and villages along our construction route.”

The 57km Hinkley Connection Project will run between Bridgwater and Seabank. The project will connect the south west to the new Hinkley Point C and supply millions of homes and businesses with much needed clean energy.

As part of National Grid’s Community Grant Scheme, Mark Cricket Club was  awarded £40,000 to finance the building of its new ground and pavilion. The opening of the new pavilion means residents in the local community will have more opportunity to get involved in cricket. The club also built Burrow bank, named after Jim Burrows, which will allow supporters to watch the games.

The official opening of the John Isgar Pavilion was followed by a T20 cricket game between the Pack Horse Inn and the White Horse Inn.

Getting involved in sport helps people keep healthy and gives them an opportunity to get outside and socialise with friends. The Hinkley Connection Project team is always on the look out to help local communities and supporting local sport clubs is a great way of doing so. National Grid’s Community Grant Fund has already been used to resurface playing courts in the Winscombe Lawn Tennis Association  and attract new players to the East Huntspill Cricket Club.

 

The winning team - the Packhorse Inn

The John Isgar Pavilion - named after a longtime member of the club

Applause for the Packhorse Inn team

Aerial shot of the John Isgar Pavilion

Handshakes all round between the Packhorse Inn and the White Horse Inn