Work begins on Bedale Sports Club extension following quiz success

THE fifth and final inter-club quiz at the Bedale Sports Club and Community Center was held last Friday, with the tennis club emerging victorious for the first time, pushing the squash club, who have won the title for the past four years, in third place.

Club secretary Adrian Grayson presented the trophy to tennis captain Trish Melhuish and thanked Martyn Coombs for his work as organizer and master of questions and Adrian Hall for organizing the draws. The final scores were, club tennis 950, club soccer 920, squash 911, running 863 cricket 779 and social 773.

Crakehall Builders has now started work on the extension to the Adrian Grayson Ballroom, for which over £60,000 has already been raised, which will increase the size of the main hall by around a third, making it possible to accommodate more important functions.

The recent crowdfunding appeal was backed by 115 individual donations and support from businesses and groups including Abbott’s of Leeming, Awards for All, Sport England, Jack Brunton Trust, Bedale Villages Community Forum, Broadacres Community Fund, NYCC Locality Fund, Rectors Four & Twenty, The Travel Lounge, Bedale Golf Club, Bedale Bubbles, Jonathan Sadler LTA, Bedale Cooperative, PJD Agencies Ltd, Mason’s Gin, Tom and Nellies, Lightwater Valley, Bedale Beauty, Norman F Brown, VOM Ltd, Heck Food, Thorp Perrow, Big Sheep Little Cow, Wensleydale Railway, The White Bear, The Green Dragon, The Old Black Swan, Taste of India, Hall’s Fish & Chips, Rand Grange Pumpkins, Braithwaites Nursery, The Greengrocer, Wensleydale Creamery, Cockburns Butchers , Scruples, Coversure Insurance and Kiplin Hall.

Sports club chairman Mr Coombs said: “We are deeply indebted to everyone who supported the appeal and to see construction work starting over the weekend was truly amazing. Donations have come from far and wide. and we have been humbled by the number of former players from all of our member clubs have come forward to support the work we are doing, which is expected to be completed within eight weeks.”