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CHAIRMAN’S PRE-SEASON NEWSLETTER 2024

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

The Cricket season is less than a fortnight away and will start on 20th April with a first team game against Hadleigh, followed on 27th by a Cup game at Hutton. Attached to this note are the Saturday fixtures for the five league sides which you can retain for your records.

So where does the Club sit at the moment? Factually, we are the biggest and highest placed club in Southend with qualified coaching at every level, and I firmly believe that our culture sets a great example. The Committee lead much of that, but I believe that each of us must follow that lead.

Since I took on this role the Club has been growing very quickly. At that time, we had three Saturday teams and fifty youths which was a great base. We now have six Saturday teams, a Sunday team, two midweek teams and a record number of youth sides (including for the first time a female youth team playing League cricket) with over two hundred players. We will start Friday evenings on 26th April, have run an Easter School and will run a Summer school as well as preserving Cricket Week and the Annual Dinner with much better facilities.

Turning to our youth section – which has arguably seen our greatest growth and success – we hope to see better weather than last year. The team managers, helpers, volunteers and parents do a great job behind the scenes giving cricket to so many youngsters, ably led from the front by James Currell. We are running a record number of sides in 2024 and your support is always welcome.

In 2023 we appointed a Director of Cricket to manage coaching, building on the very sound base of the past, and the Club is in a strong position with our offering improving all the time. But with growth comes a need to keep the energy flowing and drive forwards and we do need more volunteers. Fortunately, everyone associated with our Club plays an active role from players to coaches to managers to parents to Committee. I just wanted to thank you all (and any I have missed) because you have made it what it is and will become.

The “get set for the season” day has been completed and the Nets look resplendent. Our thanks to the small band of leaf-clearers – Mesdames May and Young, and Messrs. Currell, Mummery, Orrock, May, Young, Billy Belton, Russell Hawke, and Maso Bowles.

On the playing front we have a strong first team in 2024 and I hope that the younger players having had more experience will flourish in 2024. We are aiming beyond consolidation in the leagues, but also to have a lot of fun and continue to develop the Club and its players. We are always looking to recruit new players so if there is anyone out there who is interested or knows anyone who is interested in joining us please get in touch.

I attach the adult membership renewal form for 2024. (Players who were Under 18 on 1st September 2023 should renew their membership via the electronic forms distributed by James Currell), and I would encourage you to pay your annual subscriptions as soon as you can. Details as follows:

Category of Membership Subscription/Donation
Life Member
Vice President
Senior Playing Member £170*
Social Playing^ Member £70
Other Social/Non-Playing Member £50
Unwaged/Student# Playing Member £100

The subscription* for Senior Playing Members will be reduced by £30 if paid before 31st May 2024. Requests to pay by instalments must be notified to the Hon. Treasurer by 30th April 2024. We have waived all net fees, but shirts will be purchased by each player, and I would like to maintain the same shirts across the Club which you can purchase on the Fenton’s website.

In 2023 we had no subs and match fees outstanding and I hope to see that repeated.

I must pay tribute to our sponsors – MCL the Accountants – who have supported our growth – thank you so much.

Lastly, please let me have your views on any issue relating to the Club – I am trying to be inclusive to everyone.

The Chairometer is now moving into high pressure and will shortly start using sun protection.

Youngers