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CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – May 2022

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

The Season has started and already the teams are performing well with most of the sides playing at the end of April. It is important that the players make themselves known to their captains and the best way to do that is to use the Doodle system

https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/aKr11jze

We continue to recruit new players for all sides and age groups but have room for more so let us know if you want to dust down your whites.

We continue the Youth Indoor Nets at 6.30 p.m. Tuesdays for U15, Chalkwell Park for U13 and 6.45 p.m. on Thursday for adults all at Westcliff High School, and they are going well although we could still do with a higher turnout for the latter. Also, we have started the Friday night sessions for U11 and younger and I was delighted to see a good number of volunteers helping out, but we can always welcome more.

As I have been reporting for some time , we are pushing on with refurbishing the Nets and artificial wicket at Chalkwell Park namely:

  1. Replace the artificial surfaces in the Nets and on the square utilising a national professional firm COMPLETED
  2. Purchase portable nets (identical to those used by Leigh on Sea CC for a couple of years now) and house them in the Nets area to ward off vandals but then be able to wheel them onto the square for practice WORK PLANNED FOR MID MAY
  3. Erect a new gate utilising a different professional contractor so that the four metre nets can be wheeled in and out COMPLETED
  4. Make good some worn or vandalised areas in the Nets to provide better security COMPLETED

I can see a flood of annual subscriptions for youths but more a stream from the adults (remember it is a £30 discount for paying by the end of May). We do need to rebuild our reserves following the work on the Nets plus the usual maintenance work. I attach the subscription form as a reminder.

Our First team Scorer, Harry Pitchforth , will be missing for the games on 11th and 18th of June due to his Finals so I am hoping that someone can step up and take his place.

In relation to the above we have a number of targets for 2022 other than these ground improvements. We would also like to achieve three League promotions, retain our midweek trophies, maintain the excellence of our Youth offering and run around ten games for the 6th XI and Sunday teams. When you type those few words out it all seems very straightforward but will take a good deal of hard work.

The Bar is open and had a good first weekend and at this stage there are no planned price increases this year although I suspect that the brewery might force our hand given fuel and production costs – we will be operating card only again.

Lastly, we are planning our first Cricket Lunch at the Pavilion for 14th May 12 noon bar open for 1 p.m. with a menu and other details just announced. As well as watching the First XI playing Leigh in their first home League game and enjoying the company of the other members, we have the F.A. Cup final later in the afternoon.

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 enjoying the sunshine and the cricket.

YOUNGERS