Dear cricket lovers,
The cold weather is set to depart later this week and my
confident prediction is that it will not return until mid-October (and I do
make economic forecasts for a living so you know you can trust me!).
Following winter nets for juniors and seniors alike, we are
now getting ready for our first matches of the season. The First and Second XIs
have their first games on Saturday April 27th, while junior training
begins on Tuesday April 23rd for the under 12s to under 15s and on
Sunday April 27th for the younger cricketers. Over the winter, Mark
the groundsman has been working hard on resurrecting our outfield after the
punishing hot summer of 2018 and Jonathan our new clubhouse manager is ready to
welcome you all to our newly refurbished facilities for the season ahead.
I am sending you this email to provide you with more
information and make some requests.
1. A reminder that it is the club’s pre-season
dinner on Saturday April 27th.
2. We are still happy to accept applications for junior
membership for the coming season.
Roger Dakin (ex-England hockey goalie) and Devon
Malcolm (former England opening fast bowler) will be providing the
entertainment and Ed Giddens (another former England Test player) will be
running the auction. We have record numbers of players, parents and guests
attending this year (partly thanks to our newly enhanced clubhouse) but there
are still a few tickets left so do let me know if you’re interested and then go
straight to the website and follow the instructions here
. If it’s as good as last year we should be in for an enjoyable evening.
Many thanks to the parents who have already sent
in their young cricketers’ subscriptions and updated their details on the
website. I know there are a few more still to enroll this season so please help
the team managers by signing up as soon as possible so they can plan
accordingly. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
saying who is signing up, what age group they play in and send your
subscription by bank transfer to Barclays a/c 50372471, sort code 20-02-06,
putting your surname as an identifier. Please also update any changes to contact
details by logging on to the club website (or fill in the form on the
website if you’re a new member).
3. It’s time for the senior cricketers to pay
their subscriptions for the coming season too;
As mentioned in my earlier email, we are pleased
to announce that we will be providing additional cricket experience for our
youngest cricketers through an ECB All Stars programme which will run on Friday
afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm for 8 weeks from May 17th. The cost
is £40 (with a £10 discount for children already taking part in the Sunday
training). The ECB website is now live for you to sign up, so to do so, just
All Stars: Gerrards Cross
4. I am pleased to introduce a new category of social
membership for the club, costing £30. The separate email, also sent today, from
Nick Woolf, new chairman of the Gerrards Cross Sports Club (the body that
oversees the cricket, tennis and hockey sections of the overall club), explains
the motivation and details for this more comprehensively. Until this season, GX
cricket club have not had any form of social membership. Each player makes a
financial contribution to the running of the overall sports club via their
cricket club subscription (£60 from senior members, £22 from each junior
player). But with the major investment in the improvement of the facilities
(financed partly by the Sports Club but also via a generous donation from the
tennis section), the Sports Club management committee (involving myself, Jackie
Westaway and Justin Hampshire from cricket) and the GXCC Committee are keen
that individuals who benefit from our facilities make some form of contribution.
So from this season, everyone who has contributed to the Patrons Board but not
otherwise a member will be counted as a social member and £30 of their donation
will go to the Sports Club. Beyond that, anyone who is regularly using the
Sports Club facilities will be encouraged to join. We do not intend to ask
junior parents to pay to use the club facilities when they support their
children since we appreciate that junior membership already involves a
significant financial commitment. Even so, if individuals do find themselves
using our facilities more regularly, eg to watch senior cricket or to take
advantage of our Sky Sports facility, then we would encourage you to make a
further contribution by becoming social members. Please understand that we are
introducing this change to improve the social side of the club and we believe
an improved clubhouse experience that is regularly open will help to achieve
5. I am pleased to announce that Kerri McLeish
has agreed to take on the responsibility for welfare and safeguarding and
will accordingly join the GXCC committee. This is an area which is too easy to
ignore until an issue arises. So I am delighted that Kerri is bringing her
experience of carrying out the role at another club and I can already see that
she will raise our game on this. This might well mean that certain club
officials and managers may need to carry out additional first-aid training or
be subjected to CRB checks. I know this might seem an additional request on
people’s time, but this is important and can help to provide a safe environment
for our young cricketers not to mention clarity of responsibilities for
volunteers and officials
6. Finally, you may already have seen that Gerrards
Cross Cricket Club will from May 1st to June 30th be one
of the beneficiaries of the blue token scheme at Tescos at both the
Gerrards Cross store and the Tesco Extra store on the A413 in Chalfont St
Peter. This has the potential to raise some useful funds for the club, at least
£1000 if we are third placed, but up to £4000 if we are the most popular choice
by shoppers. So please spend as much as you can at Tescos, tell your friends and
don’t forget to put your tokens in the right bucket!
That’s all for now. Thanks for your continued support, bring
on the summer and look out for the forthcoming edition of Cross Talk which will
provide you with everything you need to know about the season ahead, including
news of our new overseas players.
Have a great summer. May your drives always reach the
boundary, your catches stick and your googlies clip the bails.
Yours in cricket.
Peter Westaway, Chairman Gerrards Cross Cricket Club