New conservatory for cricket club

Members of a cricket club and football club in Lancashire will soon have the use of a brand new conservatory, thanks to their local village committee.

The Chatburn sports ground is set to be kitted out with a new conservatory, kitchen and seating area, and the existing changing rooms will be upgraded for the first time since they were built back in 1977.

The £75,000 makeover is courtesy of funding procured by the Chatburn Village Committee and will allow members to use the conservatory as a meeting space.

Committee grant-coordinator John Ridgway explained that the local football club, which uses the ground, was in the process of setting up a junior side to help access further funding from the Football Foundation.

"Were about £30,000 short of our total target at the moment but weve had great support from the local community, including several anonymous donations which have been fantastic," he told the paper.

"We held a Twenty20 cricket day in the summer that was very popular and raised quite a bit."

A recent study by Alliance and Leicester found that almost 20 per cent of Brits dont use their garden as a social or living space but that almost half agree that building a conservatory would encourage them to use it more.