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To: Colehill Sports and Social Club

Save Cricket in Colehill

16/01/23 We Won!

To everyone who signed and supported,

On Saturday evening Colehill Cricket Club completed and exceeded our fundraising goal to ensure that adult cricket can continue to be played at Colehill.

The support we have received has been nothing short of extraordinary. Each and every donation, every signature or post share, no mater the size has been humbling. It cannot be overstated how much the support that we have received means to us.

We move forward into a new season with the support of the local and wider community, both cricketing and non-cricketing at the forefront of our minds. This support will push us to be the best cricket club that we can be. The most engaging cricket club we can be, and the most welcoming cricket club we can be.

We hope to do all of our supporters proud over the coming weeks, months and years. And, if you do find yourself in our sleepy corner of east Dorset, please pop by and say hello to Colehill Cricket Club. Now Your Cricket Club.

Many thanks from myself (George), the Colehill team, and players & supporters past and present who will continue to share the joy we do, getting to play at such a wonderful ground.

We, Colehill Cricket Club and other local community members, are asking Colehill Sports and Social Club committee to re-consider their decision to end adult cricket being played at Colehill.

Why is this important?

In December 2022 it was decided by the Colehill Sports and Social Club committee that adult cricket was to end indefinitely at Colehill Cricket Club. This was under pressure from a small number of neighbours who had recently moved into houses bordering the cricket ground. Cricket has been played there over 100 years before they moved in.

Colehill Cricket Club has formed part of the community for many years. The ground was gifted to the Club under the covenant cricket was played at the ground.
In recent years it has been home to Wimborne and Colehill teams. Clubs that strive to bring local young players through their teams and benefit the community of Colehill. Many new movers to Colehill during Covid-19 have got involved in the sides.

A proposal was raised by the committee to erect a 48m long x 8m high fence but we feel this was over and above what was necessary and became untenable due to the huge cost of the project.

We understand risk exists when cricket is played but believe a more pragmatic approach could be taken to resolve the dispute. We believe the decision to ban adult cricket is not a proportionate response to the risk involved. We do not believe the community interest and history of cricket in the village has been taken into account properly and hope this petition will demonstrate its value to the local community.

We ask you to sign this petition to encourage the Colehill Sports and Social club committee to reverse the decision to ban adult cricket and take a more pragmatic approach to resolving the issue and ensuring cricket in the village can continue.
Colehill, Wimborne BH21 2SP, UK

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2023-01-16 10:14:22 +0000

Petition is successful with 31,296 signatures

2023-01-11 17:35:52 +0000


2023-01-11 17:35:34 +0000

Fantastic news!
We've spoken with Colehill SSC committee and in light of the local, cricketing and wider public support shown which far exceeded anybodys expectations, and in light of offers of sizeable donations to the cost of netting from neighbours, with the committees permission we are going to have a crack at crowdfunding to raise the funds needed for cricket ball netting in the higher risk areas of the ground, including along Wimborne Road side of the ground as per current planning approval.
Provided we are making good progress towards this and can have at least the Wimborne Road side of the ground with netting erected in time for May; we'll have a full season at Colehill this summer! Look forward to seeing you all there if we can achieve this!
Please see crowdfunding link below!

2023-01-10 13:55:29 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2023-01-08 16:29:49 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2023-01-07 08:41:29 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2023-01-06 17:51:56 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2023-01-06 16:59:06 +0000

500 signatures reached

2023-01-06 15:23:55 +0000

100 signatures reached

2023-01-06 14:37:54 +0000

50 signatures reached

2023-01-06 14:14:18 +0000

25 signatures reached

2023-01-06 13:33:59 +0000

10 signatures reached