The historic cricket pavilion at Little Berkhamsted is being transformed into a cricket and community hub with help from an £8,000 community grant from East Herts Council. 

Peter Kent, who sits on the parish council, said the village had been hoping it might receive that amount – the maximum available from this fund – but was delighted when the figure was confirmed.

The cricket club dates from 1883 and since 1947 has been home to the Little Berkhamsted Sahibs Cricket Club.

Peter said: “The last major renovation to the pavilion was back in 1977 when the late renowned commentator Brian Johnston, who was born in our village, opened the building. But we have to face the fact that cricket isn’t as popular as it was and we needed to find a way to reinvent the pavilion. 

“Turning it into a community hub will benefit the whole parish and will also ensure that cricket can be played here for ever.”

The £50,000 project has also benefitted from an anonymous local donation of £25,000 as well as funding from the parish council.

Peter said: “We are excited as the project enters its final phase so that our much loved community pavilion can once again be used by the cricket club, the village and the wider local community.”

Mediation Herts was another of the 17 voluntary organisations that received a grant from the community fund. The council awarded them £2,975 towards an innovative pilot project providing mediation/conflict resolution coaching for families 

To see the full list of groups that received a share of the £44,000 pot, visit eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/grants-awarded-and-commissioned-services-not-profit-organisations Although this funding round is now closed, there will be a new opportunity to apply in the autumn. 

Groups are also expected to raise funding via the East Herts Community Lottery towards their project. Visit www.easthertslottery.co.uk to see how you can support your favourite good cause to reach their target. 

Suzanne Rutland-Barsby, executive member for communities, said: “The community fund has enabled us to support a fantastic range of groups across the district, focusing on our more vulnerable residents who are particularly in need. 

“Many of these groups are run by an amazing set of volunteers and dedicated paid workers. East Herts Council is delighted that it has been able to help these groups continue to provide their excellent service.”