Thikshila de Silva to return in 2023

We are delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with our current professional Thikshila de Silva to return to GHCC in 2023.

Thikshila has been a key part of the continued development of our young and inexperienced 1stXI side during his time with us, and continues to perform to the highest level.

Thikshila signs for 2023

We are delighted to have him commit to us for another season, as he is one of the most sought after professionals in the North West.

Notwithstanding the rules within which league clubs are bound to operate, many clubs had already made contact with him in an effort to secure his services.

We are delighted he has committed to our project for another year.

 

Vacancy for Ladies Cricket Coach

Great Harwood Cricket Club are currently looking for a coach who is able to support the ladies team with training & supporting events that engage and inspire individuals in order to sustain and grow womens & girls cricket participation within the club.

This is a paid role, with salary commensurate with experience.

The coach would need to be available for Friday evenings and some weekends for matches.

We are looking for a coach with a minimum qualification of ECB Level 2 or equivalent. You must also possess:

  • ECB DBS
  • Current First Aid qualification
  • Current Safeguarding certificate

Please direct all enquiries to our Ladies Cricket Co-ordinator Kelly Hayes on 07585 191313 or Stuart Maher on 07956 042615 or chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

2022 AGM Details

Our AGM will take place on Thursday 17th February 2022 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in our clubhouse.

We hope all members will be able to join us to review the last 12 months and hear our plans for 2022 and beyond.

If you require a copy of the Agenda for the meeting or a copy of the club’s annual accounts in advance of the meeting, please contact us: info@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

First Aid Course

We are hosting a first aid course at the club on Thursday 3rd February 2022 commencing at 6.30 pm.

Please see the flyer for further details and how to book.

Flyer

Funeral Arrangements for William (Billy) Haworth

We can confirm that the funeral for former player and member Billy Haworth will take place on Wednesday 19th January 2022 at 9.40 a.m. at Accrington Crematorium.

Following the service all those who wish to attend to pay their respects are invited back to Great Harwood CC to celebrate and remember his life. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Former Player’s Day 2021 – 22nd August 2021

Great Harwood CC are delighted to announce that we shall be holding a special Former Players Day during our 1stXI home game versus East Lancashire CC on Sunday 22nd August 2021.

We hope to have a special day to pay tribute to the many players who have helped make the club what it is today.

Anyone who has played for the club at any level over the years is invited to attend on the day.

We have no doubt the event will prompt much reminiscing, recollection and great memories, and hopefully some entertaining cricket to lives up to the billing of ‘it were tougher when I played’.

If you are able to attend, please send a short note to chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk so that we can reserve sufficient space in prime viewing spots on our balconies.

Notice of (delayed) 2021 AGM

Following the relaxation of national restrictions, we are now in a position to hold our postponed 2021 AGM.

Members are hereby given notice that our 2021 AGM will take place on Tuesday 17th August 2021 commencing at 8.30 p.m. in our clubhouse.

The delayed start is intended to give opportunity for playing members (engaged in practice sessions) and bowling section members (engaged in league fixtures) the opportunity to attend the meeting in full.

We hope all members will be able to join us to review what has been a remarkable last 18 months and hear our plans for 2022 and beyond.

If you require a copy of the agenda or a copy of the club’s annual accounts in advance of the meeting, please contact us: chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk or secretary@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

Any members who have business to be moved at the meeting should give notice to the Club Secretary within 14 days of the meeting in accordance with our Club’s Constitution.

Under 11s head towards Cup Final on back of team sponsorship from Great & Small Forest Education

GREAT & SMALL FOREST EDUCATION

Our Hawks Academy Under 11s squad have gone from strength to strength this year, presently sitting 3rd in the LCJL West Division 1 after 5 games.

They are also looking forward to the Cup Final this coming Thursday, 1st July against Rochdale CC.

The game will take place at the Evolve Document Solutions Cliffe Park, and we hope to see many of you there to support our Hawks Academy players in their pursuit of silverware.

We are delighted that our friends at Great & Small Forest Education have been able to sponsor our Under 11s squad this season, and the youngsters look fantastic in their new kit for the season.

Victoria Cocken, Director of Great and Small Forest Education Limited said “Being involved in Great Harwood Cricket Club already, I see first hand the commitment and dedication that the club shows to develop players of all ages. It is a privilege to invest in the future and development of grassroots cricket and to support or young players to enjoy and thrive in the sport. The introduction of Hawks Cricket Academy is an exciting time and I’m sure shall inspire boys, girls and whole families of our town to get involved in cricket and in the community hub that is Great Harwood CC”

We are delighted that Great & Small Forest Education have joined up with us for the 2021 season, and they are looking forward to attending to support the squad for their big day on Thursday.

Good luck lads!

New Treasurer appointed as Michael Perrin stands down

The Club is sad to announce that after over 6 years in the official post, Michael Perrin has stood down as Treasurer of Great Harwood Cricket Club.

Mike has been a fantastic servant in the role looking after all things financial, and has recently overseen the most challenging financial period in our club’s long history with a calmness and composure those who know him have come to expect.

The workload imposed upon the role of Treasurer and all club officials in the last 12-15 months has been astronomical, but Mike leaves his role with the club well-positioned to come out of the pandemic as strong as a non-profit organisation like ours could wish for.

On behalf of everyone involved at the Club, we wish Mike well in his future endeavours. He will remain on the Club’s Committee and be on hand to assist wherever he can, and will no doubt be seen in our hospitality zones. I am sure he wouldn’t turn down any offers of continued investment in our club in the form of a pint or two, if you would care to assist him.

The Club is also delighted to announce that Neil Kennedy has agreed to take on the role of Club Treasurer, taking over from Mike in what has been a seamless transition to date. We all wish Neil well in the role, which will be ratified by our members at our next AGM.

For all financial matters, our treasurer can still be contacted through the same email address: treasurer@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

The View from the Balconies

We had intended that these messages would be a little more regular than we have achieved so far, but the rapid pace of change of government, council and ECB guidance on multiple aspects of the operations of our club, coupled with the usual increased workload to have the cricket facilities ready for the season ahead, has prevented finding time to do so.

We are delighted to be in a position to welcome some members and guests back to GHCC this weekend in our newly-formed hospitality zone around the clubhouse, patios and balcony areas. The Committee and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare for our re-opening in a safe manner, and we hope to see many of you over the coming days and weeks.

Full details of the – admittedly complex – arrangements for our re-opening can be found here.

Turning to the cricket side, it’s been quite a busy month to say the least. The pro Thikshila has arrived and has completed his expedited quarantine and trained with the senior men’s squads on Thursday, before assisting with the Hawks Academy practice night yesterday evening.

It’s great to have him back with us for the season. It does give the whole club a lift to have a player of his international quality amongst our ranks, and I am sure you will join me in wishing him well ahead of the season and the first 1stXI fixture of the season tomorrow

Special thanks must go to Shirley & Malcolm for their tireless efforts in furnishing and preparing his accommodation prior to his arrival.

Our ground and facilities are in fine fettle ahead of the season. Mick & John together with Nathan have for us ready for the season, and after some significant investment from the club and from sponsors we feel we are in a good place with our facilities, coming out of an unprecedented pandemic as we are.

Do take the time to come and visit and see what we have done with the place. COVID-19 restrictions have meant we have needed to adapt our cricket operations too, and sadly spectators are not permitted at the ground unless they are seated within and attending to use our hospitality zones.

We hope the governments Roadmap remains on track which should see spectators return from mid-May, as well as the reopening of changing facilities and our clubhouse itself.

We have however invested further and hope to have all our senior matches streamed live online for the season ahead. Stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for details of how to access the matches online.

Work has also commenced on preparing facilities for our bowling section, although sadly their governing body and associated rules and regulations will delay the recommencement of their competitive leagues. The green is coming back to the condition we expect to provide at GHCC and lots of hard work has gone in within that section to get things ready for the safe return of bowls once they get the green light from the BCGBA.

So much more has been achieved, too much to remember to report here. It really has to be seen to be believed. We do hope you will visit us soon.

Looking back at the to do list we set ourselves at the start of the year, possibly with one eye on the likelihood of our season being delayed due to the pandemic, we set ourselves an ambitious development plan. Remarkably we seem to have achieved everything we set out to do in that shortened period of time. Thanks must got to the committee and all volunteers who really have worked miracles fitting in the demands of running a cricket club into their busy personal, work and family lives.

Never have the demands on cricket and club administrators and volunteers been so high. Our commmunities should be thankful we are lucky to have such brilliant people involved and entrusted with the future of our club, as well as the here and now.

Here’s to a long, dry and hot summer ahead.

Looking back at the to do list we set ourselves at the start of the year, possibly with one eye on the likelihood of our season being delayed due to the pandemic, we set ourselves an ambitious development plan. Remarkably we seem to have achieved everything we set out to do in that shortened period of time. Thanks must got to the committee and all volunteers who really have worked miracles fitting in the demands of running a cricket club into their busy personal, work and family lives.

Never have the demands on cricket and club administrators and volunteers been so high. Our communities should be thankful we are lucky to have such brilliant people involved and entrusted with the future of our club, as well as the here and now.

Here’s to a long, dry and hot summer ahead.

Announcing our new lead club partners, The Philip Maher Foundation

Everyone at Great Harwood Cricket Club are thrilled that the club is in a position, for the first time in our long history, to have a local charity as our Lead Club ‘Sponsors’ for 2021-22

The Philip Maher Foundation are our Lead Club Partners for the coming season, as the club has taken the unprecedented step of supporting a local charity as our headline supporter. The charity will appear on our match day kit and training wear for 2021-22, in an effort to support the work of the charity as opposed to seeking to secure an income from such an arrangement as would usually be the case.

Both the Club and the Charity wish to make it perfectly clear that the Charity are not providing any funds to the Club within this arrangement. Every penny the charity raises is put back into our local communities via the installation of community defibrillators, renewing existing equipment which passes its expiry date, and training volunteers in their use.

Being the site of the 1st of the 21 defibrillators the charity has helped to install so far, we are proud to support their continuing work, which has seen our cricket colleagues at Rishton, Lowerhouse, Salesbury, Whalley, Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, Enfield, Padiham & Baxenden supported with secure cabinets and/or defibrillators.

When the pandemic hit us all, it was no surprise to us to see so many of our members join up to volunteer with Hyndburn Hub. Our club is full of wonderful human beings, who always do their best to support those in need, as well as our club. It is their generosity, both in terms of their time and their significant financial support, which has enabled the committee and the club to navigate our way through the most difficult period in our history.

This is an ethos which permeates throughout our club and its members, and we are delighted to be in the position where we can for the first time use our profile as a local sports club and community hub to support the profile of a local charity, and to help them raise money over the next 12 months through a number of events.

The Philip Maher Foundation branding will appear on our senior weekend match kit, and on our men’s T20 and ladies team kits. Additionally, training kit and casual wear will also bear the charity’s name as we look to help them continue their work and provide more defibrillators to local communities.

The Committee of the club has worked tirelessly over the past 12 months throughout the pandemic, and have made great strides in developing key facilities at the club. We are very proud of the facilities we have created.

We hope to see so many of you through the coming months as we emerge from this pandemic.

We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find, on and off the field.