Our message has been spreading far and wide this week; we are humbled by and grateful for the level of support we have been shown.
Typical is the offering from popular cricket blog The Middle Stump, which posted these thoughts to the wider cricket community after hearing of our situation.
They wrote: ‘We urge you to put yourself in this position, where your local club may not exist due to powers out of their control. Please take the 10 minutes out of your day to register and post your support to the club’s application urging the council not to kill off a local club that has rich history in the county, with both of us at The Middle Stump recording some decent performances against them as well as being on the end of some hidings!’
Apart from the internet and social media, we have been trying to get a more positive message into local newspapers. Also, chairman Chris Johnson has found himself in demand on radio with appearances on Three Counties and Jack FM, which of course has its studio on the estate behind our ground.
You can catch his Three Counties appearance here. It’s on after 2hr 16.55. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qtc2q
You can hear him on Jack FM by clicking here
For all that, sometimes you just need a clear-headed youngster to talk any real sense.
We hope this is a message the planners read; it comes from one of our junior members and makes the case for our new ground better than any of us so-called grown-ups ever can.
‘I have played at the cricket club since the age of 4 and am now 13 and I have enjoyed playing for a club which has welcomed those of all abilities ages and genders. I have enjoyed playing for the Junior teams since I was 5 and now been integrated into adult cricket with six adult sides it is great for becoming a better all rounded cricketer. With the club I have been successful with winning 3 county cups and I have enjoyed every game, I also know that other age groups have also succeeded in winning the county and going further on to take part nationally. I could not imagine playing for anyone else with a great family feel to the club. I along with 100’s of other cricketers at the club would be devastated to see a part of my life taken away from me as at Knebworth. Cricket is more than a game, more than a sport it is a superb community event bringing people of all ages together in enjoyment and fun and friends we make on the way.’
There is still time to register your support online. Please visit: http://www.north-herts.gov.uk/index/environment_and_planning/planning.htm and search for our plan 14/00132/1. You will need to login to register your support and submit comments but it only takes a few moments.