Building Project

A significant milestone reached for the New Cricket Club Pavilion.

Posted: 15th October 2021

A computer generated image of the new pavilion and café designed by Jane Duncans Architects Ltd.

THERE is great excitement in Chorleywood that work is starting on the Cricket Club’s new pavilion on the Common from the 25th October 2021. The original 1960’s building, which is in bad repair, will be demolished in early November.

The new pavilion will enable the Cricket Club to grow and to extend opportunities to play cricket to girls, women and people with disabilities. It will also house a café run by the new charity Mission EmployAble, which, in conjunction with Buckinghamshire College Group, will train young people with learning disabilities, via supported internships.

The café will be open every day to all comers, serving delicious home-made food including snacks, light lunches and afternoon teas, all with magnificent views of the Common.

The project is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by the Cricket Club, Mission EmployAble and Chorleywood Parish Council, all of whom wanted to create a special place that can be enjoyed by everyone in Chorleywood.

When the founder of Mission EmployAble met the Cricket Club in 2019, they found they had ‘a perfect fit’ and a joint scheme was launched to raise £2m. We are all aware that building costs have increased and therefore our target has had to be increased to £2.15m, of which £1.9m has been raised already.

A statement issued by the Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble says: “We are delighted that contractors are about to start on the new building, which will be a huge asset to cricketers and the community, as well as enriching the lives of young people with a learning disability.

We will work hard to protect the Common during the building works and minimise inconvenience to residents. We really do appreciate your patience while the car park is closed during the build.”

Debbie Rosario, Chair of the Parish Council, says “After several years of discussion we are excited that the rebuilding of the Cricket Pavilion and subsequent provision of the charity's cafe can finally go ahead. We look forward to a long and happy partnership with Chorleywood Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble”

The site will be protected by the contractor Boom Construction Ltd from day one by secure and newt fencing as recommended by the ecologist, and parking and welfare facilities for the contractor will be provided on-site.

The new building is due for completion in autumn 2022.

“Having lived on and around Chorleywood Common for nearly 30 years, it is great to see the old cricket pavilion being rebuilt and put to such good use by the Cricket Club and Mission EmployAble. It will provide a wonderful café for visitors to the Common and employment training for young people with learning disabilities.

It is a win-win situation for all and I am delighted to be able to support this great initiative and congratulate all those involved. I look forward to my morning coffee in the pavilion.” says Robert Voss CBE CStJ HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

Katharine Weston Chair Mission EmployAble, Debbie Rosario Chair of Parish Council and Steve Dunning Chair of CW Cricket Club. Photo courtesy of Andrew Bungard.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Bungard.

Cricket pavilion / cafe building work to start soon!

Posted: 20th August 2021

A computer generated image of the new pavilion and café designed by Jane Duncans Architects Ltd.

The Chorleywood Cricket Club and the local charity Mission EmployAble are pleased that the Parish Council has again publicly committed to supporting the new pavilion and cafe on Chorleywood Common.

We await a decision by the Parish Council to allow the building works to proceed having completed all the necessary paperwork.

We would like to thank the community for the tremendous support that has been received to date and the participation by many local people in the range of fund ranging events that have been held.

We now look forward to the new cricket pavilion being built in the very near future.