Tuesday, 5 July 2011

IT’S NOT JUST CRICKET … IT’S THE BATTLE OF BELBROUGHTON

(L-R) back row: Tony Boardman, Kevin Smith, Bryn Thomas. Front row: Rob Hawk, Kim Pearlman, Alexander Churchman and Tim Churchman
The Queens, at Belbroughton, has recently become the official catering sponsor of their local cricket club’s veteran team, the Strollers. However, the partnership has quickly led to more than just a decent meal for the players, following match practice and competitive games.

The Queen’s manager, Tim Churchman, has seized an opportunity to further unite the team and the pub, by suggesting a competitive cricket match – in the name of charity.

Profits from the match will be donated to Chadsgrove School, in Bromsgrove, to help local children with special educational needs. Chadsgrove is a special day school for children with a physical disability. Many pupils also have additional sensory, communication or learning difficulties.

The school is close to the heart of Tim Churchman, whose son attends. “Alexander has flourished at Chadsgrove” says Tim. “I am very happy to be able to do something to help raise funds for the school.”

On July 31, The Queens will go head to head with the Strollers in a ten over match at Belbroughton Cricket Club, with both teams battling for local victory. Whilst the Strollers appear to have a current advantage, meeting weekly to practice their sport, Tim is pulling his pub team together and plans to embark on a vigorous training schedule.

Tickets to watch the match are just £2 and everyone purchasing a ticket will be automatically entered into a prize draw, to win some fantastic prizes, stumped up by local businesses. These include Avoncroft Museum, who has offered two family entry tickets, Belbroughton-based Devilishly Good, donating a professional lounge carpet clean, and Your Exclusive Spa, in Redditch, which has given a £25 pampering voucher. A full list of prizes is available to view on The Queens website and will be updated as more prizes are secured.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the match, or in advance by visiting The Queens in person, or via the pubs’ online booking and payment system at http://www.thequeensbelbroughton.co.uk/

“We hope lots of people will come along to watch the match and help raise funds for Chadsgrove,” says Malcolm Richards, Captain of the Strollers. “Whilst we enjoy a great relationship with staff at The Queens, they’ll be no quarter given… may the best team win!”

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