New Hellingly pavilion bowls over cricketers

New cricket pavilion SUS-160306-094103001
New cricket pavilion SUS-160306-094103001

Cricketers have been bowled over by the facilities at a new pavilion in Hellingly which has been provided by a regional builder.

Persimmon Homes South East worked on the designs for the project with Hellingly Parish Council to provide the traditionally-built pavilion.

The new building provides home and away changing rooms with showers, facilities for the umpire, a kitchen and a large communal area. The building is also wheelchair compliant with disabled toilets.

Persimmon Homes handed over the keys to Hellingly council in an opening ceremony.

The pavilion will be used by Hailsham Cricket Club and was built by Kevin Hallet, cricket club committee member, on behalf of Charles Church.

Tom Wright, managing director of Persimmon Homes South East, said, “Our sister company, Charles Church, is building new apartments, Roebuck Mansions at Hellingly and as part of that work we have also provided woodland, parkland, and created a new cricket ground and cricket square.”

Rob Wilkinson, director of cricket for Hailsham Cricket Club, said, “Members of Hailsham Cricket Club are extremely proud to be the tenants at Roebuck Park Cricket Ground and hope to bring plenty of success to our new home for the 3rd and 4th XI.

“The builders have done a stunning job and created a work of art and, with the club’s hard work on the ground, we now have a first-class facility. We hope to engage the local community as much as possible and look forward to seeing people at games and events throughout the summer.”

Persimmon Homes South East was recognised last year for its work at Hellingly by the prestigious Sussex Heritage Awards.

The builder together with the Hellingly Community Park Trust won the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Landscape and Gardens category of the annual awards.

The Awards Scheme began in 1998 and has brought to light many examples of conservation, preservation and rejuvenation projects across the county.

Roebuck Mansions is a collection of 44 one and two-bedroom apartments.

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