Isle of Wight Cricket

Massive Donation to Newclose CCG

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An incredibly generous donation of £260,000 has been given to Newclose County Cricket Ground by the son and daughter of the late Brian Gardener.

After a short illness last year, Brian Gardener, the entrepreneur who built Newclose County Cricket Ground, sadly passed away. Since then, under the guidance of his son Martin, there have been lots of positive changes aimed at achieving Brian’s vision to make cricket available to everyone. Alison Baxter, has been appointed Events and Hospitality Manager at The Brian Gardener Pavilion which means that all revenue goes back to the cricket ground. The generous donation of £260,000 by Martin and his sister Julie will help ensure a brighter future for cricket on the Island.

‘My sister and I wanted to give Newclose County Cricket Ground the best possible start to the year and we hope that this will provide a lasting legacy. It’s also is a tribute to my father to show the love and passion he felt for making cricket accessible to all on the Island.” says Martin.

"This year is a really exciting year for us. We are extremely grateful for the donation which will make a huge difference," says Hugh Griffiths, the Newclose Communications Officer and Volunteer Coordinator.
Newclose is a gold standard cricket ground that attracts world-class players throughout the season. Together with the Isle of Wight Cricket Board and other Island clubs, notably Ventnor CC and Godshill CC, there's a varied programme of events, training and coaching aimed at nurturing the talent of tomorrow.

"We are open to all. Anyone can watch the matches for free from the comfort of The Pavilion and the ground can be hired by any company or group of cricketers. We also need people to volunteer on match days, help with the grounds, cut the grass or lend a hand at events - it's all good fun." says Hugh.

An active core of volunteers is at the heart of ground and Hugh has been one of the group for the past five years, since he retired from his role as Sussex County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive after their County Championship winning years of 2003 and 2006.

Developing The Pavilion business is instrumental for long-term financial sustainability. The Pavilion is a convenient event location with ample parking making it perfect for business conferences and meetings. There’s WiFi throughout and room for 100 delegates conference style.

Several other rooms are perfect for breaking out into smaller groups. Hire fees start from £200 for a half day to £400 for a full day.
For couples looking for a picturesque venue, The Pavilion seats up to 70 people, more for a buffet and you can enjoy gorgeous countryside views. There are many packages to suit all budgets.
If you are looking for a dignified setting for a funeral wake or life celebration, then The Pavilion can provide a peaceful venue. All food and drinks can be arranged with finger buffets starting from £8.95 per person. There is also a fully licensed bar.

The Pavilion is open Thursday-Saturday 10am - 4pm for teas, coffees, cream teas and light bites. The menu includes homemade cakes, jacket potatoes, soup, sandwiches and a home-baked dish of the day. For more information, call 01983 824570 or visit

If you would like to volunteer at NCCG then please contact Hugh by phone on 07768 552682 or 01983 407772 or by email at

Newclose is owned and operated by the Newclose County Cricket Ground Ltd charity (Charity reg. no. 1117675)
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