Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson's praise for Hightown Clu

Contract manager at Hightown Construction Carl Pilkington, managing director at Hightown Construction Dennis Cairns, Hightown Club president Chris Scrine, community membership manager Jan Owen, Bill Esterson MP, Hightown Club chairman Mike Lydon and Hightown Parish Council chairman Tim Asbury.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson was so bowled over by the new facilities at the refurbished Hightown Club - he joined up.

Bill was a guest of honour at the club's open day last week to celebrate the opening of the new clubhouse.

It was razed to the ground when fire swept through the historic building back in 2011.

The club, which features cricket, tennis, bowls and squash, raised the funds for the rebuild, which included a £50,000 grant from Sport England, and they now boast some brand new facilities.

Hundreds turned out for the open day which included taster sessions, family entertainment and refreshments. Any Hightown resident who wasn't already a member were also offered 12 months' free membership.

Keen sportsman Bill said he was impressed by the new facilities and the community atmosphere of the club.

Bill said: "The Hightown Club open day was a fantastic event and gave me and the hundreds of other people who came along the chance to see the fantastic new facilities, which include the fantastic new clubhouse.

"It is hard to believe that I was here just last year when I saw for myself the devastation the fire of 2011 caused.

"But like any great club, you can't keep Hightown Club down. They immediately picked themselves up and put the many, many hours in to do the work, fundraising and organising to get themselves back up and running. And having attended their open day, they have more than succeeded.

"The entire club should be tremendously proud of what they have achieved."

Bill paid particular tribute to Hightown Construction who rebuilt the clubhouse in record time and to the secretary of the club for all her hard work.

He said: "I was amazed at how quickly the club house was rebuilt. When I was here in September for the presentation of the cheque by Sport England, work had not even started. So to see the brand new facility up, running and being enjoyed by the people of Hightown was an amazing achievement for all concerned.

"For such a large project to be completed over the winter really was impressive. Well done to all who were involved."

Chris Scrine, president of the Hightown Club, said he was delighted the open day went so well.

He said: “The day was a huge success and was extremely well attended. We want the new Hightown Club to be a place where all local residents can come along to play or watch sport, or simply enjoy using the fantastic new facilities. Already we have received over 150 new applications for membership.
 
“Our thanks again must go to all those who made it happen, to Sport England for their funding and to Mr Esterson for his support on the day. After such a positive start we can now look forward with confidence to a successful and prosperous future.”

Bill said Hightown Club was more than just a sporting facility.

He said: "What was clear from the number of people who attended the open day, Hightown Club is more than just a place to play sport, it is a real part of the community of Hightown.

"And thanks to the fabulous work of the club members and supporters, they have the facilities to do Hightown proud.

"I'd like to thank each and every one of them for inviting me, for their hard work for the community, and I look forward to watching and participating in some matches in the coming years."