Essex Playing Fields Award for Shalford
Braintree and North Essex Sunday League Premier Division side CFC Shalford have won the prestigious Essex Playing Fields Association Best Kept Football Pitch Award for 2018. They were presented with the award along with a voucher to spend on free hire of equipment with an operator for further maintenance works on the pitch from sponsors Ernest Doe, at a special ceremony at Essex Police HQ in Chelmsford. It’s the second time the club have won the award having previously won it back in 2012.
Chairman of CFC Shalford Ian Butcher is pictured accepting the award from Lord Petre, patron of Essex Playing Fields Association, John Jowers Chairman of Essex County Council and Steve Bush of sponsors Ernest Doe (2nd left).
[Info from Essex Playing Fields Association]
Not only did CFC Football club win the Major award, but Duggie who maintains the cricket pitch won the Gold award against all the playing fields in Essex
Many in Shalford who drive past our village hall just see a green grass playing field, without realising all the effort and costs which go into it's continuing maintenance, all undertaken by volunteers Ian Butcher, Duggie Turner for the cricket pitch and Lawrence Rawlinson for the grass cutting.
Shalford Village Hall committee have to find the fees from income on the playing fields, which currently run at approx £1,400, the cricket pitches alone cost £800 for end of season maintenance, plus worming, weed control, and drainage