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Bushy Park cricket club shares plans after suspected arson destroys pavilion

A long-standing Bushy Park cricket club has revealed how it plans to continue operating after a suspected arson destroyed its pavilion. Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club (HWRCC), founded in 1863, has applied to Richmond Council to set up temporary facilities while it draws up permanent plans to rebuild the club pavilion.

It comes after the club was left without essential facilities including changing rooms, showers and toilets when the pavilion burned down in a suspected arson in the early hours of September 7. It had stood on the site since 1989 after the club’s original pavilion burned down. in 1901, followed by its burning down in 1988.




The club is also home to Harlequins Amateurs Rugby Club, Bedfont Sports FC, Kingston College Football Academy and other community groups.

HWRCC member Jack Le Feuvre said the suspected arson came as a huge shock, coming shortly after the club’s adult season ended last year. He said the pavilion was a hub for the local community, hosting networking events, fitness groups and charity Christmas dinners for care leavers.

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The pavilion at HWRCC before it burned down(Image: Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club)

Mr Le Feuvre said: “It has hit not only those directly involved with the cricket club, but also those in the wider club community and indeed in the local Hampton Wick network, very, very hard, because the club… is at the same site has stood. For 160 years it has been a great loss for all of us.”

The Met Police said officers were called by the London Fire Brigade to reports of a fire at the cricket club shortly after 4am on September 7. There were no reports of injuries.

The spokesperson said: “An investigation has been carried out into the cause of the fire, which included taking eyewitness statements and a thorough investigation of local CCTV footage in the area. Although the cause of the fire is believed to be arson, this did not happen. possible to identify possible suspects.”