Stayley receives helping hand with improvements at ground

STAYLEY Cricket Club has enlisted a little help from its friends as ambitious improvements are being carried out at its Millbrook ground.

And it is enabling the work, which is largely been done by club members, to be completed at a fraction of the cost had a builder taken on the job.

The latest company to support Stayley is Chadderton company HTF Transport who provided two cranes free of charge to lift concrete support beams in place for a new decking area in front of the clubhouse.

Stayley Cricket Club: Steven Bird, Lance and Dave Bromley, Billy Bird (L-R)

And one of the cranes, which would have cost £3,000 had they been hired for the day, was borrowed by HTF Transport from Yorkshire-based Generator Power.

HTF Transport has also agreed a two-year deal to sponsor Stayley’s T20 shirts.

Club president Steven Bird said: “It is great how Dave and Lance Bromley are willing to give something back to the community.

“Clubs like ours cannot survive without people like them.”

Millbrook-based Dave formed HTF Transport 32 years ago with one vehicle and operating from Hill Top Farm in the village.

Today they have 16 vehicles and a staff of 30 in the transport side and commercial repairs, all operating from a base in Chadderton.

Dave is assisted by son Lance and HTF Transport does considerable work for Electricity North West as well as sporting and music events.

Their cranes have been used at the recent Cricket World Cup, Open Golf as well as at Glastonbury, Park Life, Reading and Leeds music festivals.

Apart from the new decking area, the interior of the clubhouse has been completely refurbished.

Again there has been help with Crystal Architectural Aluminium Ltd, from Ashton, donating a set of bi-folding doors leading out to the patio.

Andy Baxter, from HEH UK, which is based in Ashton and specialises in gas boiler installation and repairs as well as renewable energies, has helped by providing new radiators.

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