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THE pavilion in King George V playing field is to re-open this year as a café, with a new name that pays homage to its cricketing history.
The Cricketers Café will be open from April to October and will be managed by Melksham Town Council.
In preparation for the launch of the new café, the town council is inviting the community to contribute their old photos or memories of cricket in Melksham to a special display at the pavilion that will celebrate the history and heritage of cricket in the park.
Speaking to Melksham News, cllr Adrienne Westbrook said, “The new café – which is subject to planning permission to change the use of the building – will build on the success of last year’s tuck shop, which opened in the pavilion alongside the splashpad. We are hoping to offer improved facilities that will complement what’s on offer in the park – and make a trip to King George V a real day out.
“We would love to collect some more photos of cricket in the park to display – I’ve heard stories that Melksham played the West Indies or Australia in the 1930s – so we’d love to find out more about that!”
And the upcoming exhibition has got off to a great start with four photos that date back to pre-World War One. Two photos show the original cricket pavilion on the site of what is now the Adventure Centre in King George V playing field; whilst the other two photos give a glimpse of what it used to be like to be a cricketer in Melksham.
To contribute photos or memories of cricket in Melksham, contact the assistant to the town clerk, Patsy Clover, by email: Patsy.Clover@melksham-tc .gov.uk; or visit the Town Hall during opening hours.