Urban&Civic hosted The Big Summer Bash at Alconbury Weald on a warm summer’s day in June, as a celebration to mark a key milestone in the development of the growing community. More than 600 members of the public flocked to see local cricketers take part in what we hope will become a regular event. Visitors were entertained throughout the day by the first cricket match ever to be played on Alconbury Weald’s new pitch, coaching sessions, baking masterclasses, face painting and live music.
Guest of honour and former Huntingdonshire MP, The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH officially opened the new cricket pitch, alongside former England cricket stars Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway. The match itself was organised by Cricket East and played out by local players who had expressed an interest in finding a new cricket club; and to help inspire the future generation of Huntingdonshire cricket stars, Charlotte and Lydia held a super-skills coaching session for boys and girls, giving them a taste of the game.
Having grown up in Huntingdonshire there is no better sight than to see a new cricket pitch, with new players all getting involved and wanting to play cricket. This is a fantastic new facility for the community and hopefully a catalyst to get more people excited about the game.
Charlotte Edwards CBE
Having lived in the area for many years, I am delighted to see what Urban&Civic has achieved, here at Alconbury Weald, to encourage sports participation and active and healthy lifestyles. It gave me great personal pleasure to “open” the new pitch, which will be used by many generations to come. Hopefully, before long, we will uncover our next Charlotte Edwards.
Sir John Major