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WoSCC CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – END-APRIL 2021

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

The Cricket season is here (albeit with a very cold wind), games have commenced and the bar is open subject to the restrictions. This document carries a number of positive outcomes and a feel of getting back to “normal”.

The sides have all started with mixed results but the First team have really performed well with a win at Hornchurch (league champions a few years ago) and then Leigh last week in an excellent league cup game.

It is critically important that we follow the Coronavirus requirements both in terms of players and attending the Club, whether that be the bar or nets or matches. I outlined the rules in the “opening season” document last month and the summary is noted each week in the newsletter but this is about safety and respect for your fellow club members so we are all responsible for our own and our other member’s safety not just relying on club officers or the people who run the bar. Sound common sense prevailed last year and I am sure it will be the same in 2021.

We have secured a pitch at Belfairs Park for the Fifth team which is great news indeed.

Turning to our plan to refurbish the Chalkwell Park nets we continue to look at the options and achieving a good medium term solution. For the time being and at least until May 17th the 1st and 2nd team will continue to attend nets at Rankins on a Tuesday evening. Peter Barnes is arranging the nets at Rankins. For those not in the 1st and 2nd team Nets will resume at Westcliff High School for Boys on Thursday 29th April from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. There will be no access to the indoor sports facilities or changing rooms. There will be access to a toilet.

You will recall that we have been applying for grants following the Pandemic and that our first application was turned down and we appealed that decision which has been turned down so we have appealed again ! Great news (again) is that we were successful the third time and have received those funds but await the decision on the grant to restart businesses which should be with us by the end of this month.

Recruitment has gone very well not just in numbers but quality of new players. At the last count we were over two hundred youth players which is the highest ever and will take significant organisation by our youth managers and helpers. Friday night youth coaching starts on 30th April which is another step forward.

Thanks to the few adults who have paid their annual subs and I am sure the rest of you will pay very soon. I attach the new adult membership form for 2021 and would encourage you to complete it and pay your annual subscriptions as soon as you can. Details as follows:

Category of Membership Subscription/Donation
Life Member
Vice President
Senior Playing Member £160*
Social Playing^ Member £60
Other Social/Non-Playing Member £40
Unwaged/Student# Playing Member £80

The subscription* for Senior Playing Members will be reduced by £30 if paid before 31st May 2021. Requests to pay by instalments must be notified to the Hon. Treasurer by 30th April 2021.

In that regard, the new shirts are in hand and the teams looked excellent in them this week with our new sponsors’ logo(s) this season – MCL Accountants and Lionmede Wealth Management.

On Saturday 22nd May the partial lifting of the Covid 19 restrictions means that we can have limited access to the Pavilion. To celebrate our return it is intended to hold a three-course lunch which will be served at 1 p m. The bar will open at mid-day and meals supplied by Affinity Catering. Numbers will be strictly limited to a maximum of 30 people. The regulations mean that food and drink must be supplied by way of table service. There will be four people seated at each socially distanced table, with one table of six. There must be no congregating by the bar and the cost of the meal will be £22 per head. Please book your meal with Alan Hurley stating which starter and which main course you want (details in a separate message. Text or call 07702 812088. Or Email: achurley1@hotmail.com

Another date for your diary is 9th November when we hope to get together for the annual dinner.

We lost two of our members this month which is sad news. Renee Brewin has been associated for many years and was one of the first subscribers to the Prize draw in 1981. She passed away at the age of one hundred and two and our thoughts are with her family. Also we lost Dave Shaer who was a great friend to so many of us at the Cricket club and through the Westcliff Rugby club. He was a great supporter of the club and his bonhomie and stories will be remembered by all of us I am sure – again our thoughts are with Barbara and his family.

You will have also read about Tommo and his house fire. The current position is that he has come out of isolation but then suffered what we hope is a minor setback before he takes up residence in a local facility pending a longer term solution. Thank you to everyone who has contributed by donations of clothes and support.

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 Summer mode (with a coat in reserve).