Cricket at Bubwith: Planning permission for the improvements to the external areas on the playing field included a condition insisted upon by Sport England, relating to ball strike assessment when playing cricket. Sport England then commissioned, and paid for, a feasibility study for the external improvements plus the ball strike concern.
A ball strike risk assessment was put forward by the independent company, this stated that the current layout of cricket showed an extreme risk of people being hit by a cricket ball. They then stated that, to counter this risk, nets/fencing of 14 metres would need to be erected around the pitch on 3 sides, the the approximate cost of such work is estimated to be in the order of £50,000 and obviously these nets would need to be left in place all year around, as taking them up and down would be a job for a contractor.
We have passed this assessment to our insurance company, Zurich, which has responded stating that if these concerns were not mitigated by fencing, then related claims would be invalid.
The Charity Trustees realise that cricket has been played for decades on the playing field with few risks, but having now received the risk assessment and appraisal of no effective insurance cover, we instigated a meeting with the cricket team captain, which has resulted in the team saying that, in the light if these reports, they would need to play elsewhere. This is a disaster for them and for the village but in today’s climate of risk and litigation the only effective way of continuing would be to work with the outside company and cricket team to move the cricket pitch a lot further down the field, this is not an easy thing to do but would be a possibility in the future if sufficient funding can be raised. We can report that for this season, Bubwith White Swan Cricket Team will play at Escrick Cricket Pitch.
As the year progresses, 2022 seems to be bringing a mood of optimism as regards Covid-19 which I am sure we all welcome. We have been constrained at the Leisure Centre and had to cancel several planned events. We now are receiving requests for bookings, our calendar is filling up.The Treehouse Nursery have now moved to Bubwith Primary School and we wish them success, their time here seems to have gone well and we are delighted they continue to provide a valuable service to the village and our young families. This does mean that we will have the Upstairs Room as well as the hall and bar available for hire during the daytime, so if any of you know of any organisation looking for rooms to hire for classes or other activities do get in touch.We have great news that planning has now been granted for our outdoor initiative and we now have the letter from ERYC planning department with confirmation and details of the Council’s permission for our outdoor plans to introduce a perimeter track, The Bubwith Daily Mile, an extended terrace, and the construction of BMX track and learner cycling area at the southern end of the field. There will be a good deal of work yet for us to bring that to fruition, but we can look forward now to improving facilities for everyone.We welcome two new trustees in Richard Dunlop and Steve Johnston, co-opted this month. If you are interested in joining us, look out for the AGM on Thursday, 6.30pm on 17th March, or approach me or any of the other trustees.Happy New Year from us all, Dr Richard Moore, chair.