Gerrards Cross Cricket Club

Gerrards Cross Cricket Club News story


GXCC: The cricket season is here at last!

17 Apr 2019

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.
  • 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.

     

2. We are still happy to accept applications for junior membership for the coming season.
  • 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 gxccsubs@gmail.com 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).

  • 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 click ECB All Stars: Gerrards Cross

     

3. It’s time for the senior cricketers to pay their subscriptions for the coming season too;
  • Subs are unchanged at £170. Same payment method as above; email to gxccsubs@gmail.com, bank transfer, check database details on website.

     

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 this. 

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

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