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Chairman West gives thanks as Hornchurch ceremony unveils new changing rooms

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 July 2018

Hornchurch officially opened their new dressing rooms at Harrow Lodge Park

Hornchurch officially opened their new dressing rooms at Harrow Lodge Park

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Hornchurch Cricket Club held a special ceremony to officially open their new changing rooms at Harrow Lodge Park last Friday, writes Lee Power.

Bethany Law receives her Jack Petchey award from Lee Gilbert and Monty PanesarBethany Law receives her Jack Petchey award from Lee Gilbert and Monty Panesar

Chairman Jeremy West spoke to club members and invited guests about his first memories of the facility as a 15-year-old, when playing for Hornchurch Athletic, and how there was barely enough room for 11 players to sit down.

And he thanked Gary Baker, from Veoila Environment Trust, for assistance with securing funding for the project and Lee Goodwin, of Oakleafe Property Services, for carrying out the works over a 12-week period.

Home and away dressing rooms can comfortably accommodate teams following the extension and West also gave his thanks to Havering Council for their help and support and hailed the recent efforts of the first team, under captain Billy Gordon, following their success in the Dukes Essex League T20 Cup.

They head to Hertfordshire for the regional finals later this month and the club are also currently third in the Premier Division table at the midway point of the season.

John Moody receives his Jack Petchey award from Lee Gilbert and Monty PanesarJohn Moody receives his Jack Petchey award from Lee Gilbert and Monty Panesar

Former England Test spinner Monty Panesar, currently playing for Gordon’s side, carried out the unveiling ceremony and spoke of the family feel at the club, as young members listened intently ahead of their regular Friday night coaching session.

John Moody and Bethany Law (right) were presented with Jack Petchey awards, while stalwart Doug Shewring received a special award for his outstanding service to the club over the course of half a century.

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