Community Chest Grant Awarded to Rishton Cricket Club

Three Councillors present giant cheque to Rishton Cricket Club, outside new pavilion.

Rishton Cricket Club, established in 1865, has been awarded a £1,500 grant from Hyndburn Borough Council’s Community Chest fund. The funds will be used to improve accessibility at the club’s historic ground on Blackburn Road.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” said club representative Graham Avison. “We applied for funds as we required some extra cash to help us complete the renovation of our 1891 Pavilion. The club have invested time and money bringing the building back to life and wanted to make it accessible to all. We will use this grant along with more club funds to install a disability ramp and level some of the area to create a nice outside space for everyone to enjoy cricket.”

The grant will be used to help make the ground more inclusive for people with disabilities, families with prams, and those with limited mobility. This will also allow for the creation of a new seating area at the front, providing additional space for socialising and enjoying the outdoors.

Councillor Carole Haythornthwaite, the Council’s Disability Champion, commented, “This project is a fantastic example of how community organisations can work towards creating a more inclusive environment for everyone. I am delighted to see the Council supporting initiatives that promote equality and accessibility.”

The project aligns with the club’s recent efforts to restore the historic pavilion and enhance the overall experience for players, officials, coaches, and supporters.

Councillor Peter Britcliffe, Acting Leader of the Council added, “The Council is committed to supporting small community groups like Rishton Cricket Club that play a vital role in enriching the lives of local residents. This grant shows our dedication to investing in small projects that can make a real difference and create a stronger, more vibrant community for all.”


Image: Councillor Carole Haythornthwaite, Graham Avison, Councillor Steven Smithson and Councillor Peter Britcliffe