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Howzat for a makeover?

A CRICKET club has been bowled over by the generosity of volunteers from Arriva Transport Solutions (ATSL).

The team of 12 volunteers from ATSL, which operates the non-emergency patient transport service in Greater Manchester, got to work refurbishing the changing rooms, kitchen and tea room at Roe Green Cricket Club in Worsley on 8 April.

Ron Jones, cricket club chairman, says the makeover was the perfect way to start the season.

He said: “This came completely out of the blue and the job they have done is absolutely unbelievable. I have been a member here for 55 years and this is the first time anyone has done something like this for us. Everyone at the club is thrilled to bits.

“They even paid for all the paint and equipment. I still can’t believe it.”

Catherine Bentley, local ATSL manager, said: “The son of one of the volunteers, Tracey Blezard, plays cricket for Roe Green so we already knew what a wonderful club it is. We thought that it would be great if we could help them out in some way and this project was the perfect way to do it.

“It was hard work but we are really proud of what we achieved – the pavilion is looking fantastic.

“We even painted some motivational messages on the changing room walls which we hope will give the team some inspiration this season.”

The refurbishment was a real community effort with local painter and decorator Ray Livesey donating paint brushes, Screwfix Direct in Wigan supplied paint trays and rollers, painter and decorator Mark Cocker donated 40 litres of paint and Brookdale Golf Club in Failsworth gave the volunteers hats to keep the paint out of their hair.

Ron added: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped with this – it has made a huge difference to the club.”

The team of volunteers were Catherine Bentley, Claire Cunniff, Vicky Grimshaw, Clare Knowles, Tracey Blezard, Simon Forshaw, Barry Carroll, Henryk Siwak, Steph Monaghan, Moya Davidson, Chris Turner, Mark Traynor.

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