Celebration day fits the Bill nicely

30/07/11'Tring Park Cricket Club celebrates the dedication of the Pavilion to the Rodwell family for their long-term commitment to the community. Kay Rodwell unveiling the plaque with her son Peter Rodwell giving a speech.
30/07/11'Tring Park Cricket Club celebrates the dedication of the Pavilion to the Rodwell family for their long-term commitment to the community. Kay Rodwell unveiling the plaque with her son Peter Rodwell giving a speech.

AFFILIATES of Tring Park Cricket Club gathered for a celebration day in memory of one of their longest-serving members.

Bill Rodwell passed away in December after a 60-year connection with the club in which he took on the roles of first team captain, secretary, chairman and president.

And in honour of Bill’s life and work at the club, Tring hosted the Bill Rodwell Celebration Day.

Bill’s father was also a member of Tring Park, and his widow Kay and son Peter both maintain their links with the club.

The family’s legacy was recognised at the celebration day as the club pavilion was named in their honour.

Kay and Peter joined club members for the unveiling of the pavilion’s plaque, which officially named the building as The Rodwell Pavilion.

Tring chairman Ian Lewington said: “Our president David Kempster raised the idea to the committee and he was fully supported by all club members.

“Bill had a lifelong connection to the club, stretching as far back as the 40s and his ancestors were involved before that so it seemed a fitting thing to do.”

After lunch, attention turned to the day’s cricket, where spectators watched Tring take on Premier Division table-toppers High Wycombe.

And befitting of the celebratory nature of the day, the home side produced a fine display to see off their high-flying opponents and close the gap at the top of the table.

See this week’s Gazette for the full match report.