Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club (2)

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club roots date back to 1886 with Lyme Regis and Uplyme clubs merging in 1935. Our aim is simple, to encourage the playing of cricket in Uplyme. We are fortunate to enjoy the beautiful KG5 ground on the banks of the River Lym, much envied by our visiting opponents and graced over the years by many cricketing legends, including Ian Botham, Bill Alley, Brian Close, and Joel Garner.

The Club enjoyed a very successful year in 2014. Our Saturday first and second XI’s contested the Devon Cricket League, both finishing in 5th position in Division D of their respective competition. Our ‘Cup’ XI narrowly lost to the impressive Ipplepen in the Corinthian Cup Devon final, after defeating Kentisbeare, Honiton and Feniton en-route.  The Friendly XI enjoyed a full programme of Sunday and mid-week fixtures.

Key to the future of the club are our young cricketers. This was demonstrated clearly when more than half of the First XI in late season, was made up of local boys under the age of 18. Three youth sides at U11, U13 and U15, in association with Woodroffe School, played West Dorset Junior Club Leagues.

This section includes an archive of my articles, written on behalf of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club which are published each month in the Uplyme Parish Magazine.

Click here to view the new Cricket Club website at www.uplymeandlymeregiscricketclub.co.uk

Sporting Chance SW - Supports ULRCC Appeal!

Really pleased to be able to announce that Mark Bailey and Sporting Chance SW have added their support to the appeal to secure the future of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis.

Mark and his team will be running two sessions for 5-12 year old kids on the KG5 Field in Uplyme on Wednesday 8th August and Wednesday 22nd August from 12noon to 3pm.

The cost of each session is just £5 per child, with all proceeds going to support the Cricket Club. To book, or for more information, contact Mark by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Children will receive coaching on all aspects of their game, including batting, fielding and bowling. They will play mini-matches with prizes on offer. Children will need clothing for all weathers, plenty to drink, a snack and plenty of energy!

Sporting Chance offer a wide range of teaching opportunities, from after school clubs in our local primary schools through holiday courses and birthday parties to one off coaching sessions to meet your individual needs.

For more information, see the Sporting Chance website at www.sportingchance-sw.co.uk




132 all out?... Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club fights to avoid closure.


Emergency Open Meeting - Monday 25th June 7.00pm at the KG5 Field, Uplyme.

ULRCC mounts a crucial fund-raising campaign, to ensure future of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis, after a 132-year run.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket club faces possible closure at the end of the 2018 season, with the loss of club cricket, outreach activities for young people in the two communities and an end to the club’s maintenance and care of the KG5 Field.

But why has this happened?…
Financial pressure facing the club is not recent, but has developed over many years, in a bizarre set of circumstances centring around the history of the ground and works completed by the club…

In December 1938, KG5 Ground ownership was transferred from Uplyme Cricket & Tennis Club to National Playing Fields Association. “… to be used in perpetuity as a Cricket Field and Recreation Ground…”

National Playing Fields Association interest subsequently transferred to Fields In Trust, with KG5 Trustees managing trustees, under Charitable Objectives reflecting the covenant from the 1938 conveyance.

In the 1980’s the Cricket Club embarked on a major fund-raising effort with celebrity visits, a cricket festival and even snooker exhibition in the old cinema in Lyme Regis. All looked ‘Rosie’, but sadly the fantastic fund-raising which financed and built the Cricket Pavilion, lies at the core of current problems.

Members financed and built the pavilion via an undocumented ‘gentleman’s agreement’, on land owned by Fields in Trust. The result is that the pavilion is actually owned by Fields in Trust. ULRCC has no security of tenure over either the pavilion it built, nor large ground it maintains so well for the whole village.

This lack of secure tenure further means that the club is neither able to secure grant funding available to other amateur, not for profit sports clubs, nor earn revenue income from other users, to contribute toward ground maintenance, which the cricket club completes.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, a lack of investment into the pavilion and cricket ground, other than by the club itself, for at least the last eight years, has restricted the club’s ability to finance a sustainable future for the use of the KG5 ground as a cricket field and recreational ground, on anything other than a precarious, shoestring budget.

Inevitably, in Autumn 2017, our roller, essential to cricket, finally expired after 30 years’ service.

Following an expenditure by the club of £1,500 the previous winter, to ensure electrical facilities in the pavilion were safe, depleted reserves meant the club could neither afford a new roller, nor any suitable used model. The only option, to allow the 2018 season to start, was ‘rent to buy’. Where £2,900 was paid to rent the roller for the season totally draining the club’s reserves. Further funds have been raised, but a purchase balance of £4,300 remains due early September, without which the roller will be returned.

What can we do?…

The club invites everyone in the Uplyme and Lyme Regis communities, interested in the future of local Cricket to join us on the evening of Monday 25th June at 7:00pm.

The club invites financial support from local government, club members, supporters, sponsors, schools and cricket lovers in both communities, who benefit from the KG5 field or value the outreach work of the club with local primary schools in Uplyme, Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

ULRCC and KG5 Trustees have agreed ‘in principle’ a long lease of the pavilion and the immediate surrounding area, to the club.
£4,300 will settle the outstanding roller balance and allow time for structural changes to the club and its governance to be completed.
ULRCC will then be able to develop a sustainable business plan for the future of local cricket.

Your help can make a difference, please contact us or support local events over the next couple of months.

A Crowdfunding page will soon be able to accept donations,


Thank you for your valued support in ensuring cricket in Uplyme for the next century.

Ian Thomas
Chair – Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (07884 494474) 

Derek Wellman
Secretary - Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club
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