Funding for arson-struck cricket pavilion in Reading

Local cricket pavilion rises from the flames thanks to Fields in Trust funding

There’s real cause for celebratory fireworks this November in Southend, Reading. National charity Fields in Trust have awarded a grant of £3000 to Bradfield Playing Fields, through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields County Funds. The Bradfield Playing Fields will put the funds towards the continuing rebuild of the cricket club pavilion and exterior landscaping, following an arson attack last year.

The Playing Fields were eligible for this funding as its owners nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Becoming part of the Challenge means the Playing Fields will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to create a living legacy to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by protecting open play spaces across the UK. The programme gives communities the chance to engage with and celebrate these two historic events in their local area and to benefit from them for years to come.

“We’re delighted that we have been able to help the local community recover from the pointless act of vandalism which destroyed their original pavilion. With QEII Fields funding, the residents can look forward to having an even better site to enjoy, now and forever. By safeguarding and improving this area, they have shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future,” Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.



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