It is more than Cricket on St. Lawrence Ground!
Canterbury 8 March 2012- It was full moon when we visited St. Lawrence Ground of the Kent County Cricket Club in Canterbury, and a gentle Spring chill was in the air. However, the welcoming club’s management and staff made everyone feel the warmth.
The visit was organised by the management of #St. Lawrence Ground in cooperation with the #Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce to introduce the new developments on the premises. Following the recent facilities’ upgrade, the club has expanded its hospitality service into new markets. Such services can now be enjoyed not only during the #cricket season, but all year round. New and upgraded facilities include conference and special events venues as well as a #Sainsbury’s supermarket which will be operational shortly. A future plan to build a 120 room hotel is also part of the new developments.
It was a good opportunity to experience the upgraded facilities. The tour of the amenities started at the Les Ames bar, with a glass of bubbly and superb canapes, a visit to the Les Ames boxes with its different capacity rooms, all with a direct view of the St Lawrence Ground. Greeted by Pat Mellsop, Commercial Director, guests were introduced to the new developments through his presentation in one of the well equipped Cowdrey conference rooms. It was a good thing to have Chef Nigel Bell and Donna Sayer, conference and events manager, introduced to the guests during the presentation and thus personalising the guests’ experience in getting to know the operations’ team. The tour continued through the different meeting areas which offer guests a wide choice for their events.
Then at the Chiesman Pavilion, CEO Jamie Clifford joined in greeting the guests, surrounded by paintings and photos reflecting the heritage of the club in the world of cricket. Guests enjoyed their glasses of wine with a different sort of exquisite canapes reflecting a difference ambiance, yet with the same superior quality, class, and high standard of service.
St. Lawrence Ground has been the home of Kent County Cricket Club since 1842 and has witnessed events which have intertwined with life in Kent since Victorian times. The new development with its great potential invests in its legacy and is expected to take the club to new levels with an increasing contribution to the socio-economic environment in Kent.