Work is beginning on a Cumbrian rugby club.

Keswick Rugby Club, stationed at Davidson Park, has begun demolishing its old clubhouse and groundworks have started.

Huge transformations are evident at the site, as residents may have noticed.

The construction is proceeding as per schedule with Carrick Wharmby and his team ensuring proper budget management.

Club president, Tim Green, has emphasised the vitality of sustaining the fundraising momentum.

He said: "We’ve been regularly humbled by the generosity of members of our town, some with a lifetime connection with the club and also individuals not closely linked with the sport but who have been inspired by the club’s contribution to the local community."

To kickstart the construction, the club managed to raise the necessary funds.

However, there is a need for an additional £93,000 to meet the ambitious timeline. The club have begun to raise funds for this with the sale of paving slabs.

Mr Green explained: "We see the sale of internal and external pavers as a major contributor to close out our fundraising efforts.

"The external slabs will make up the patio overlooking the pitch and are for sale at a cost of £1,000 each.

"The internal pavers are set in the floor in front of the bar and at a cost of £5,000 each are beautifully finished in local Honister slate."

The pavers offer the option for customisation with a name or a brief message.

According to Mr Green, individuals, families, businesses, and sports teams, including the senior men’s and women’s teams, have shown interest in purchasing these slabs.

Mr Green himself, along with his partner, decided to purchase three patio slabs.

He explained: "I like the idea that we have contributed this generation but future generations stood on the patio to watch the match will glance down to see our family name."

Purchasing these pavers often holds a sentimental value.

Club member, Ann Smith bought a paver as a tribute to her late husband stating: "I wanted to buy a paver in memory of my late husband, Colin, who was a rugby mad Welshman.

"He also loved Keswick so it will be a great way to remember him and the great times we enjoyed at the club."

For those who cannot afford to purchase a slab, the club also accepts smaller donations.

Mr Green acknowledges that not everyone will be able to buy a paver and considers all donations welcome, given the increasing cost of living.

Contributors may choose to have their names displayed on boards that will be prominent in the new clubhouse.

Former Keswick School teacher, David Brown purchased his paver through the GoFundMe page, detailing his affiliation with the club: "This club is special.

"It has always been at the heart of the community and has served the town so well for many years despite repeated struggles with flooding."

To support the club, donations can be made via the Keswick Rugby Trust website.