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WoSCC CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2021
Dear Members / Players / Socialites
Well, the season is almost done, but we have two teams still fighting for promotion – the 2nd and 3rd teams – and all will be decided on the final game this week. Dave Hewitt and Luke Hurley and their teams have each had very good seasons, and I am hopeful that one more push will see both of them over the line.
I am pleased that re-opening the bar upstairs has worked really well as our members understand the importance of respecting each other. There are just a few weekends left now, but we need to remain vigilant as infections remain high locally, so stay on your mettle.
Teas have been a very welcome addition back to the Pavilion and everyone has been hugely complimentary about their standard. Toni and Suzie have done us proud on both the teas , Friday cream teas in the Pavilion and evening meals all season so a big thank you to them.
I have mentioned the big League games this weekend, but I should also say a big well done to the Midweek side who polished off the League and Cup double earlier this month with Dave Hewitt again to the fore as Captain. Their award evening at the Club is on 10th September. On top of that, the Fourth team won their Division for the second successive season and again well done to Neil Belton and all the players involved in both triumphs. It takes a lot of hard work and effort to win competitions and the Club is very proud to win more cups. I just hope we can continue to fill up the trophy count this weekend.
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I am not ignoring or indeed down-playing our non-League sides as they have enjoyed great success this season and have a few games left to shine a bit more.
Although the Youth activity has largely finished, we have the awards evening scheduled for 17th September at the Pavilion with final details to be announced soon.
Cricket Week was a great success although the results went against us. It did give us a good opportunity to field some of the younger players at the Park where I know they really enjoyed stepping up a level or two. James Currell master-minded the Summer Camps for youths each morning and again this went well (with huge support from the coaches and helpers) as indeed did the Lunches. I think we have a great combination of different activities in the Week and that is largely down to the players but also the organisers – Lewis Groves for support on selection, Al and the bar team for their hard work, and John Geddes for his work on the lunches.
We have had a great season financially and the vast majority of Subs and match fees have been paid with just a few to be paid. Our year-end is due at the end of the month, and I know that none of you will want to be an entry on the bad debt list, so please pay up.
We are currently looking at 2022 and what we need to improve to manage the Club as we continue to expand. A lot has changed in the past few years, and we are a much bigger Club in terms of numbers, offering and usage of the Pavilion which does put a good deal of strain on the resources. So far, the Club, and in particular the Committee, has reacted magnificently with changes which have supported our core values even through a pandemic. However, we will need more pitches, more practice facilities, more coaches and other infrastructure and the Committee will turn their attention to those things in September, but if you have any thoughts or ideas, please let us know.
Another date for your diary is 9th November when we hope to get together for the Annual Dinner under the stewardship of John Geddes. More details will follow very soon, so please look out for those notices.
I do have one piece of sad news in that Barry Jones’s wife, Elizabeth, passed away last week after a brave battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Bok and the girls Evelyn and Rebecca at this sad time.
Lastly, please let me have your views on any issue relating to the Club – I am trying to be inclusive to everyone.
The Chairometer has now got a vest on as the weather gets chilly in the evenings but remains very upbeat.