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CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – MAY 2024

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

April has come and gone and we were underway until the rain came! In the background we are continuing to work on recruitment, which has gone very well, but we will always welcome more players. If anyone knows an interested adult player then I attach the new form for registration.

I think the Club will be competitive this season based on some good acquisitions, high retentions, maturing youth players and hopefully less absences for exams. This Saturday we have four games on the go so we can call that the Club starting weekend.

The League fixture list is now complete and I sent them to you in my pre-season notes. The 1st XI drew Hutton away in the League Cup which should have been played on 27th April but was pushed back to 4th May.

As I said last month, we have to manage the books tightly this year and we remain on track. In that vein we have proposed a “sponsor the matchball” scheme for first team fixtures and Cricket Week, costing £100 a game. In return, the weekly sponsor will get their name on the relevant teamsheet and social media plus, if they wish, they can put a banner up for the week. So far the response has been extremely positive, but we still can welcome more, so if anyone wishes to join the sponsors then let either Ishan Madan (ishan@mcl.accountants) or me know.

The work on the outfield at Chalkwell Park has been completed and my thanks go to the President and Leigh on Sea Cricket Club.

I hope to get the new hand dryer in the ladies’ loo very soon, particularly as it saves us money as it obviates buying and disposing of paper towels and is good for the environment.

Every month (and I am repeating myself) I raise the issue of increasing the membership of the Prize Draw to support the Club and making you a social member – we have had a few new members but can always welcome more. For regular attendees at the Club, you need to be a member, and this is a great way of doing it. Indeed, the Draw paid for the new equipment at WHSB and is a great resource for the various Club projects. Andy Comyns has taken over the management of the Prize Draw (which also brought a change in fortunes for the Club Chairman) and we are looking to move payments of prizes away from cheques to online payments. The monthly draws have prizes of £100, £50 and various £20 prizes, and then £500 three times a year. If you are interested, then I attach a mandate.

I can now confirm that we will be moving to “coloured” shirts for the midweek teams in 2024 and the order is complete, but if anyone wishes to buy one then click here for all the details. Thanks once again to MCL (our sponsors) for helping us.

More dates for your diary – 2024 Nets are going very well at WHSB on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. until 21st May for youths and then on Thursdays from 6.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. for adults till 23rd May when we will move to Chalkwell Park.

As a further reminder, the 2024 Annual Dinner is provisionally booked for 12th November; Cricket Week commences on 5th August.

Youth has been a vital and successful sector of the Club for the last few years, and I just wanted to outline some key points:

  • The Friday coaching began on 26th April.
  • We have a record number of youth teams with 2 x U9 , 2 x U11 , 2 x U13, 2 x U15 and U17 with League games due to start during the first week of May. Also, we are working with Old Southendian on an U11 female side who will be playing in the softball competition.
  • Presentation Evenings from 2023 will be re-arranged and another in 2024 is planned.
  • Numbers of players are progressing well, and a very good proportion have already paid their annual subscription.
  • Easter Camp which ran 2nd – 5th April was disappointing in numbers and we will review that for next year.
  • There has been a good level of interest in the numbers of volunteers both players and parents which has been very welcome.

As regards Finance, we are on target to meet our budget. I am delighted to tell you that Jon Pratt has agreed to take on the role of Treasurer and we will work together to transition the various duties. At the recent Committee meeting it was decided that each team – following a very successful pilot with the Saturday 2nd XI last season – will be supplied with a card machine so that match fees can be collected at the game. We will no longer need to collect match fees at the Bar but will take online payments although these should be minimal in numbers if you support your Captains.

There will be a lunch at Westcliff Cricket Club on Saturday 11th May 2024. All the food will be homemade, provided by Toni and Suzi. The 1st X1 are at home playing against Woodford Wells.

The cost will be £24 per head. Lunch will served at 1 p.m. The bar will be open from midday.

If you wish to attend please let me know together with your menu choices.

Mains
Gammon with sauté potatoes and veg.
OR
Chicken casserole with dumplings and a fresh bread roll.
OR
(V) Mushroom, asparagus and white wine pie with sauté potatoes and veg.

Pudding
Apple crumble and custard.
OR
Bread and butter pudding with custard.

Cheese and biscuits.

The brewers have increased tariffs once again, but our prices will rise by less than inflation partly because we hope to encourage more demand!

I attach the adult membership renewal form for 2023. (Players who were Under 18 on 1st September 2022 should renew their membership via the electronic forms distributed by James Currell) and 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. 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. As always, 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 in sunglasses and airing the shorts in advance of the forthcoming balmy days.

Pete