Weekend Report – Cricket Finally Makes a Return!

Cricket Finally Makes a Return!

Great Harwood CC vs Great Harwood CC

Team News

Sunday saw our first senior friendly of the season, as our squad took the field in an “Old v Young” inter club battle. Our talented young players taking on the
experience (many years of it) of our senior players. A bit like cricket meets Cocoon!

Team News: Captains Matt Oddie and Jack have 13 players to rotate in the field as well as bat, so it should make for a good game.

Umpires today who are giving their time up to manage proceedings are Wayne Fitzharris and Paul Clifford. Thanks chaps.

Scorers are Tim Holden and his son Ciaran. Thanks for your support “The Holdens”.

Team Experience vs Team Inexperience

Match Report

For anyone that thought the break in our cricketing calendar would mean I would have retired the pen, I have decided to continue for what is going to be a short season.

As I approach the ground, the sun is out so makes for a good day. There are already several spectators on the ground as the game starts…more than what is usually on for a 1st team fixture. Not just me pleased to see cricket back then.

Our “oldies” to bat first with Allan Armer and Mohammed ‘Shak’ Shakeel taking the crease. They proceed to get off to a quick start racking up the runs in not too many overs, and not long before Allan retires on 31. Maybe experience is going to show today.

As Matt rotates the bowlers for our young guns, they seem to get a foothold in the game and start restricting runs, which is helped by the wicket of Shak, bowled by Caleb for 27. In comes Andy Brown who gets 11 off 18 balls, and then out LBW by young Kasim. He is followed to the crease by Kaz who amasses 15 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Matt.

The wickets that follow are shared around with Captain Matt getting the wickets of Hamza and Jack, Marcus bowling Liam, and wickets for Ishmael, Alex and Adam.

Good bowling performance all round with young Kasim getting 3 wickets for 7 runs, Adam 3 wickets for 23 runs and Alex 2 for 29 runs. The “oldies” innings totals 143….something to chase for the “youngies”.

2nd innings starts with Harris and Caleb opening. Stuart Maher to open bowling from the Dog & Otter end…..not sure what has happened but after bowling a successful delivery, Stu gestures to the umpire Mr Clifford…must have expected a wide

Adam to open at the scoreboard end. 20 minutes in after a slow run start, strike bowler Paul Newton gets the first wicket of Harris bowled for 8. In comes new signing Reece Willets. Alongside Caleb a partnership is forming, which results in Reece retiring on 30 runs from 40 balls. Good effort. In comes Monday….sorry Chris Oddie….who after scoring 5 is bowled by Stuart. Captain Matt in next as our “youngies” seem to be top loading the order with experience. Unfortunately, after getting 8 runs, Matt is stumped off the bowling of Paul Newton. Caleb still there…

In comes Thomas Newton to face his Dad’s bowling….Chance! Luckily for Thomas MC Hammer was the catcher. Dropped! Thomas then proceeds to hit a couple of fine shots off the bowling of Stuart. Thomas eventually succumbs to the bowling of Kaz Masood who bowls the young lad. In comes Ismheel who unfortunately gets a duck as experienced bowler Paul Newton takes his  wicket….as he does with Ethan for another duck….got the “youngies” on the ropes here.

Oh yes…and Caleb still there…

In comes Adam Masood…23 runs needed. He proceeds to play some nice shots. Caleb still there…

Wicket! – Caleb finally out for 29 having lasted the full innings. 29 from 100 balls. Is it me or does he look a little older as he comes off the field?!

He has been there a while…

Before

After

In comes Joel, who doesn’t last long and is bowled by Abid for 1. Young Kaz in next who battles away for 5 runs before being stumped off the bowling of Abid. Alex in next… with 7 balls to go. Swings and misses. 1 Over left…..boom…..6 from Adam. Game over and the “youngies” win and very close encounter.

What an advert for Great Harwood Cricket Club and our youth development. Well done everyone….it’s great to be back.

Player of the Match

There were some good performances across both teams today. Batting wise including Allan Armer’s 31, Thomas Newton’s bludgeoning 4’s &
Caleb’s 29. Bowling wise included wickets from a few of our young senior players including Kasim, Marcus and Alex.

Overall the man of the match for his bowling performance of 7 overs, 4 wickets for 10 runs… Paul Newton

Support your Club

As we reopen our doors to our members, your safety is our main concern. A lot of work has gone into making the club safe following the governments advice on social distancing. We want everyone to feel comfortable in and out of the club at all times.

When you use our club, you are asked to fill in a form giving your personal details using the QR Reader on your phone. Whilst in and around the club there are sanitiser stations and posters advising you at all times.

Drinks can be ordered to tables which are clearly marked inside and out.

As you can see in the photos, the club is ready and awaiting your support….we look forward to seeing you all.

Weekly Round Up

Training took place throughout the week in the lead up to our weekend of friendlies. We have had in excess of 25 people training which is great to see.

Great also to see our Ladies Team come together on Friday for their first training session up at The Cliffe.

Also worthy of a mention – what a great job our volunteers and committee have done in getting the club ready for re-opening including preparing the clubhouse, ground, deep cleaning and many more activities…..including our Chairman  Stuart spending a lot of time laminating…when I asked him how it was going, he said…he had it covered!

I am sure you will all agree how well the ground looked this weekend.

A final mention has to go out to John Seedle and his team for their work down in the Practice area. It looks absolutely fantastic and makes a massive difference to our club. Great job.

Now work underway extending the patio area…..watch this space.

In Remembrance

It is with great sadness Great Harwood Cricket Club lost 2 of its members this week.

Russ Cuddihy passed away peacefully this week. Russ had a lifelong involvement in cricket both as a player and a coach and had a passion for grass roots cricket across the board. He also actively coached our ladies side. All our thoughts go out to Victoria and the family at this difficult time.

We are also remembering one of our former 1st XI players who has passed away following a short illness. John Whitehead will be sadly missed as he had close ties with our club. Again, our thoughts go out to his daughter Hannah and the family.

What’s Next?

Next weekend sees the inaugural “Graham Porter Challenge Trophy” between GHCC and our close rivals and neighbours Rishton CC. Graham was well known across the local sporting scene spending his time watching non-league football as well as supporting both our clubs. Having left money to both ourselves and Rishton, this memorial trophy will be played in his honour and memory.

The games start on Saturday 18th July, with a 3rd XI fixture at The Cliffe against a Rishton 3rd XI where 2 points for the winner will be played for. Sunday 19th July then sees a double header fixture with our 1st XI at home and the 2nd XI at Rishton with 3 points and 2 points available respectively.

The winning club over the 3 games will win the trophy and at the start of every season going forwards the trophy will be played for.

Please come along and support both clubs.

Upcoming Fixtures

The 2020 season sees us all impacted by the current pandemic, as we are all  coping through very difficult times. The cricket season has been cut short and looking to restart in August. This will see us play some of our near neighbours in a Group format, as we look forward to getting back to some normality. As we restart cricket, there is no better time to support your local club.

Are you interested in partnering with Great Harwood Cricket Club?

We have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities, suitable for any budget. These include Team Sponsorship, Advertising Boards, Matchday Sponsorship and Ball Sponsorship. We are also open to discussing bespoke opportunities with you.

For further information please contact club secretary Richard Law-Riding on 07841 901694 or email us at info@greatharwoodcc.co.uk.

We Need You to support “Your Club”

The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy

Both Rishton & Great Harwood Cricket Clubs are delighted to announce that this coming weekend we will compete for the inaugural Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

Graham has been a wonderful friend to both clubs, and his legacy had been invested by both clubs in their facilities in recent years. We are both indebted to him for all he has helped us improve at both our facilities in the last couple of years.

So with that in mind, and to carry on our ‘friendly’ local rivalry, we are delighted to have agreed 3 competitive fixtures taking place across the weekend of 18th/19th July.

The Graham Porter Challenge Trophy will have 7 points available.

A 3rd XI fixture held at Great Harwood CC on Saturday 18th July 2020 will be worth 2 pts to the victor.

On Sunday 19th July 2020, our 2nd XI and 1st XI will face off.

At Rishton, our 2nd XIs will face off in a contest worth 2 pts

At Great Harwood, our 1st XI’s will face off in an all-amateur match worth 3 pts

All matches will be over 40 overs and will start at 1.00 p.m.

The club with the most points at the conclusion of all 3 ties will take home the Graham Porter Challenge Trophy.

And the Trophy will be played for as annual event thereafter

We hope you can support our brilliant community clubs on what will hopefully be a brilliant weekend.

 

John Curran, Chairman (Rishton) & Stuart Maher, Chairman (Great Harwood)

Cricket is back! With a Talent Showcase, in Great Harwood’s Biggest & Best Beer Garden

We are delighted to be in a position to host some live entertainment for you this weekend, in what promises to be improved, sunny and warm weather.

We have not one but THREE games for you to enjoy, as we showcase our talented cricketers in an inter-club festival of cricket.

We start on Saturday from 1.00 p.m. as our junior cricket co-ordinator Mick Deasey showcases our Under 13s and Under 11s in a mixed battle, before our Under 15s & Under 17s face off from approximately 4.00 p.m.

Then on Sunday, our club Committee will show showcase our senior players as they take to the field in a ‘Young v Old’ battle. Our talented but youthful senior players will take on their experienced teammates in a 40-over battle commencing at 1.00 p.m.

The Green Cafe will be serving from our kitchens via the rear door on both days, and our bar will be open, and following our already-announced social-distancing measures.

We hope the weather will hold so that we can also showcase all our hard work which has gone in to the club during lockdown for the benefit of you all.

Clubhouse re-opening Saturday 4th July from 2 p.m.

We are delighted to be in a position to re-open our doors to our wonderful members and their guests from this Saturday, 4th July. Our Committee have worked wonders in their limited spare time to have our facilities ready for you to re-open from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday 4th July 2020

The club has not been sitting idly by in our imposed hiatus from cricket, and thanks to our volunteers significant areas of our club have been improved in recent months. We hope you will take time out of your weekend, or in the coming days and weeks, to come and appreciate all the hard work that has been put in for everyone’s benefit.

We re-open this weekend on Saturday only, but remain closed on Sunday owing to the lack of any cricket.

We will then re-open on Monday to Friday evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. to complement our junior and senior practice sessions which have been exceptionally well run since early June, closely following ECB guidance to ensure they have been conducted in an appropriately safe manner.

Now all we need is some proper cricket!

We have implemented safeguards and protections for the benefit of both our staff and our members and their guests, and we will undoubtedly learn from our initial re-opening and the service limitations and adapt these safeguards accordingly.

We will announce further information, including any amended opening times, on our social media feeds. We hope you can come and support your club. We rely heavily on our bar for our income to support all of our activities, and your support in these coming weeks and months will be appreciated.

Our aim – as always – is to provide a safe environment for our members and their guests. Our approach to COVID-19 has been no different. When you come to visit, you will notice a few keys differences:

  • Hand sanitisation stations will be available at all entry points to our clubhouse
  • In order to comply with our NHS Test & Trace obligations, on entry you will be asked to scan a QR code in order to provide your contact details which we will retain for a period of 21 days. Staff will provide assistance to any member or guest who requires it.
  • In order to maintain social distancing, our indoor capacity has been reduced to a maximum of 58 people. Table seating is restricted to 14 separate tables. Advance booking is therefore recommended. Please contact info@gtharwoodcc.co.uk to confirm your reservation
  • Members and guests must refrain from moving any tables or chairs. To do so will reduce the capacity available to us
    Service will be by table service only, both indoors and outdoors. There will be no service at the bar, for the protection of our staff at this time. Our staff will be on hand to take your order and keep you well hydrated.
  • Contactless payments by card is preferred, but payment by cash will be accepted.
  • Members and their guests are reminded of the strict social distancing guidelines:
    Indoors – there is a maximum of 2 households per table
    Outdoors – there is maximum of 6 people from any households at a table
  • Members must remain seated and are not permitted to move between tables due to government guidelines
  • Children are always welcome at our club, but all parents or carers or reminded of their obligations to ensure their children abide by all social distancing guidelines
  • All toilets are restricted to a maximum of two persons at any one time

We would also take the opportunity to remind everyone that owing to the terms of our licence, membership of our club is required to take advantage of our facilities. For more details, please see here: https://gtharwoodcc.co.uk/the-club/club-membership.html

We would remind all members and their guests that these rules are not imposed by us, but have been imposed upon us. Our staff will take time to get to grips with them too, so your support and understanding will be appreciated.

Any questions can, as always be directed to your club Chairman, Stuart Maher: chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk, or Secretary, Richard Law-Riding: secretary@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

We hope to see you soon.

Prospects Foundation Windfall aids Cliffe Park Environmental Project

Great Harwood Cricket Club is delighted to report that we have been awarded funding of £1000 from the PROSPECTS Foundation, under their Windfall fund, which will facilitate the development of a food and wildlife garden at Cliffe Park.

Those of you who have visited the club through lockdown will have seen that extensive work, led by Mick Deasey and John Seedle, has already been carried out in regard to this project, and we aim to have this area, which surrounds the existing cricket practice facility, ready for when restrictions ease to the point we can welcome you all back to enjoy some cricket and refreshments.

The PROSPECTS Foundation is Hyndburn’s community owned environmental charity, who aim to improve people’s quality of life through positive environmental action. Through providing practical assistance to develop environmental projects; Windfall grants to support community initiatives; a range of volunteer opportunities and a wide range of accredited training courses, they seek to inspire young people; improve health and wellbeing, support communities, improve the environment and encourage sustainable living. For further information visit their website, https://prospectsfoundation.org.uk/

We would like to put on record out thanks to Julie Livesey and Alison Silver at Prospects Foundation, and to Wendy Litherland who along with Mick Deasey co-ordinated our application.

We’ll keep you updated on progress providing images once the project is complete.

Windfall Fund logo

COVID-19 – A Message From Our Chairman

I wanted to follow up on the statement back in the middle of March, which now seems so long ago, to update members, supporters, sponsors and guests and outline where we are as a club.

The circumstances in which we find ourselves are unprecedented. The combined effects of the coronavirus outbreak and the consequential financial impact continues to be unpredictable, and for many clubs it may have long lasting, severe consequences. This simply has not happened before, in any of our lifetimes. There is no obvious way out of the mess in which we find ourselves. There isn’t a manual to read.

I fear that competitive sport at all levels will find itself way down the pecking order when it comes to a return to ‘normality’. Our function room and clubhouse are likely to be even further away from returning to unrestricted use to support our members, their guests and our wider local community.

As a club, we do however go into this uncertain future in a relatively strong position. For our club to survive, and then to thrive, it needs all of its parts to work together. This includes our officials and management committee, our players and coaching teams, our junior members and their wider families, and our sponsors need to work together. Never has the spirit of ‘My Club. Your Club. Our Club been more readily needed from us all.

I am delighted that all of those different groups of people are addressing their responsibilities for the good of the club. Many members are using their new-found spare time without cricket to volunteer their services with Hyndburn Hub, supporting our most vulnerable members of our local communities. This is something of which we are very proud.

Our government’s financial help has been welcome, and we are grateful to members for renewing their subscriptions, notwithstanding the prospect of limited or no cricket in 2020. If you have yet to do so, and can financially, please do renew your subscription as soon as you are able.

That said, the threat to our club, like many others, is very real. We have very limited means to guide us safely through. We cannot adequately protect visitors to our facilities, and have had to close them for the safety of our local communities.

We have been guided by the ECB, LCF, and the Lancashire League as well as Public Health England. We will ensure we continue to be so guided by a few key principles in the months ahead:

  1. The management committee are working tirelessly to manage the massive financial impact that this outbreak has imposed upon us. The sensible financial stewardship that the club has benefited from over the past decade leaves us well placed to weather this significant storm, when others sadly may not. It will not pose a threat to our existence, and we hope to come out of this crisis stronger than ever.
  2. The safety and well-being of all of our members, staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. We were ahead of the curve in taking action to protect the health of our community, by closing our facility to the public. We are aware that our facility, views and open spaces are magnets to people seeking fresh air and outdoor activities. We could not stand by and risk the health of any individual. Whilst may of our players expressed a desire to continue to use our facilities, we were conscious of not allowing any perceived short term gain to risk those individuals health and welfare.
  3. Your club benefits from a wonderful committee with a vast array of different skill sets which complement one another to the club’s significant advantage. They will continue to take decisions which will ensure that your club is in good shape when a return to cricket is permitted.

What we do need right now is some direction from central government and the cricket authorities to enable us to better plan for our future. But until that arrives, and into the future, we will need your help to get back on our feet.

There is no obvious way out of this. But so many of us have so much of ourselves invested in the club we love that we will make one. We will come out of the other side. Whatever is to happen, we will make it happen with the long-term future of our club in mind and the community it serves at its heart.

Thank you all for your support.

Stuart Maher

Chairman

Coronavirus Update – All Cricket Suspended

Following the recommendations & advice received from the England & Wales Cricket Board today, all recreational cricket at all levels is suspended until further notice.

You can read the ECB’s announcement here: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1646355

We did however find some time to play some competitive junior cricket before the outbreak. Congratulations to our U-9 and U-15 teams who won their respective competitions. First two cups on the shelf!

There are however some important announcements to make:

1.    Junior Training – following the announcement all remaining indoor training session for juniors have been cancelled. Please keep an eye on the club’s information sources for details of when these will recommence in the blistering sunshine of early-Summer 2020.2. Ladies Cricket – training sessions are also cancelled until further notice. Announcements will be made in due course when outdoor training is scheduled to recommence.

3. Senior Men’s Cricket – all indoor sessions have been cancelled. Announcements will be made to players in respect of outdoor practice sessions, which will be linked to ECB advice.

4. All scheduled cricket fixtures at every level – Men’s, Ladies and Junior cricket – have been postponed. No start date for the 2020 season is yet proposed. Please monitor our website and social media feeds, which we will update once we receive further information from our respective league administrators.

We as a club face an uncertain financial future, and challenging times ahead. We hope that we can reply on you, our members, supporters and followers, to help us in the future.

Chairman’s Report from the Annual General Meeting

I am pleased to present my report to members as your Chairman. May I begin by welcoming those in attendance, and thanks to those for the courtesy of their formal apologies.

My annual review this year has a particular theme:          We need your help and support.

Most of what I will report can be improved through members giving more to their club.

Cricket performance

As always I will start by reviewing on the field. It is right to review this first as it remains and always will be the club’s priority.

At 1st XI level, it was as disappointing as it could possibly have been. Our pro, Thikshila de Silva, understandably took time to settle on his first visit to the UK. A change of captain early in the season as Pual Houldsworth stoof down, and our – correct – appointment of a young captain coupled with an -inexperienced 1st XI was always likely to contribute towards an inconsistent season. However, to finish second bottom and have to re-apply for election into the league can only be described as disappointing.

We did win more games than the previous season, but it must be acknowledged that in Division 2 we were playing a poorer standard of cricket than in 2018. To finish 11th out of 12 is not a great outcome.

So, the only way is up. We have 2, and we hope to possibly have 3 or 4 new faces looking for 1st XI cricket, joining or re-joining us, and competition for 1st XI places can only be a good thing.

John Seedle once again did an excellent job as coach, and continues to bring a far more structured approach to practice and 1st XI matchdays. Thanks to him for his support and services throughout 2019, and we are delighted to have him again for 2020 and hopefully for many years to come/.

I would personally like to thank Matt Oddie for taking on the role as captain, we believe the youngest captain in our long history. He will only get better as his years and experience progress.

Turning now to the 2nd XI, led by Russell Whalley. We started the seaon very well, winning 5 of the first 6 matches. But the bright start faded, and we finished winning just 4 of the next 14 league games, to finish 7th out of 12 in Division 2. Our 2nd XI is intended to be our breeding ground for future 1st XI cricketers. But the outcome of only one player under the age of 45 scoring more than 170 league runs, and nobody taking 20 wickets or more, is a cause for concern.

Finally, in terms of senior cricket, our 3rd XI secured a top-half finish, with our young players getting opportunities of developing their skills and abilities against good quality opposition. Now, I will be the first to admit I do not see as much 3rd XI cricket as I would like. Nonetheless, in our group of 7, we finished 3rd, winning 6 out of 10 games played. In the inter-group play offs, we lost both games to finish an effective 9th out of 21 which is still a good outcome. We are however one of very few clubs to offer a genuine 3rd XI team. The vast majority of clubs are only able to field a 3rd XI made up of 2nd XI players and younger 1st XI players. The gap between 3rdXI and 2ndXI cricket, particularly in Div 2, is therefore not so large, and helps keep the 2nd XI competitive at times of player unavailability

The most exciting cricket development of the year was in respect of ladies cricket. We are delighted to have our first formal ladies team, and rule changes are on the agenda at tonight’s meeting to place that team on a formal footing. Thanks must go to Vicky Cocken for getting this team off the ground, as we look to add to our offering for our local community. They remain however a small band of individuals which needs your help and support to help them develop.

Turning to junior cricket, we continue to surpass expectations of a club of our size, in our community, surrounded by multiple other clubs. Mick Deasey, and all the junior managers, do a wonderful job. Special thanks must go to everyone involved. We are acknowledged to be one of the top 3 clubs across all age groups together with Clitheroe and Lowerhouse. They have significant, multiple advantages over our club, and we operate in an area which is overpopulated with league clubs. Nonetheless we enter teams at all age groups, almost always in the top divisions available. The teams continue to challenge for honours at all age goups. The challenge for the club is to develop these players into long term 1st XI cricketers. This is difficult, as we also look to balance the interests and rights of other playing members to a meaningful game of cricket

To summarise ourt cricketing performance overall, there is obvious room for improvement, particularly at senior level. That will only come with hard work, dedication and commitment to one another. We need your help and support.

Groundstaff

2019 was once again a challenging year, but for more familiar reasons. It was very wet for long periods, which is always challenging for part-time groundstaff with other commitments. We have been fortunate to have had groundstaff over the years who worked for such limited cost. Our only option this year was to look somewhat commercially, and Nathan did a good job in difficult circumstances. The lack of support and volunteers is a concern, but we are hopeful to have more bodies in this regard this year. It will however never be enough, and the cost of his expertise may not be sustainable. We need your help and support.

I would also like to thank those members who have helped out, at different stages. Those litter pickers, fixers, movers and tidyers. You know who you are, and do not do it to seek any recognition. We are very grateful for the silent work you do for the benefit of us all.

Clubhouse and facilities

Notwithstanding the quality of our clubhouse and associated facilities, the annual accounts presented to the meeting speak for themselves. It has not been the successful year that we had hoped for. There are a number of possible reasons for those, and undoubtedly all contribute to the lower bar income and room hire. The committee have acted to replace our former stewardess, and we hope that Becky and her new team will settle in quickly.

The clubhouse remains our main asset, and our major income and revenue stream. We all have to look after it, to keep it as the place to have your function in the local area. We need your help and support.

Memberships & Communications

In terms of membership and subscriptions, we had a slight fall in member number in 2019. Special thanks should go to our secretary Richard Law-Riding who stepped in to help with our subscription and membership processes last year, in the short-term absence of our subscriptions secretary as he became a father for the first time. It is a time-consuming role, which when couple with other club responsibilities meant he did go above and beyond for your benefit as members.

In terms of communication to members and the wider-world, i would like to give particular thanks to Neil Kennedy for his help with match reports, and to everyone who has helped in this regard. We see how far these travel, with people reading them all over the world. There are many who still take an interest in the club.

We are aware that we can be better at communicating what is happening at the club, but we simply don’t have the time to do as much as we would like. To get better, we need your help and support.

Sponsorship & Advertising

I would like to thank to all members who have helped renew, secure and develop existing sponsorship arrangements in 2019. We were by no means perfect, but we did our best with the limited time we have available. We try to bring in new businesses to support what we do, but it is very difficult to do so between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., and at weekends.

We were previously quite reliant on this as a source of income, and we remain in need of financial support from local businesses. We are working as hard as we can on this, but we just don’t have the time to do what we feel we can. We need your help and support.

Financial position

The headline numbers showing the significant loss in our accounts may raise an eyebrow or two, but our wonderful treasurer Michael Perrin will discuss these in his report to follow, and in his notes to the accounts.

I would also like to thank our auditor Adam Newton for preparing the formal accounts on behalf of his club. Thanks for your help and support. It remains needed to save us further professional fees.

100 Club

Once again thanks go to Ian Welsh, and to Shirley Maher for the handover and co-ordination of the 100 Club. It remains a significant income stream for the club, and enables us to make repairs and improvements as and when they are required. Repairs and improvements within our kitchen, and a replacement door to the extended balcony, are just two of the improvements in the last 12 months which the funds raised have been used for the benefit of all members and their guests.

Our Management Committee

We have a very small management committee here at our club at present, which has hovered around the 10 member mark for a number of years. We have 2 part-time employees, for the bar and on the ground. Members should consider what this club offers, and what those individuals deliver for the benefit of everyone who comes to our club.

The people that make up this committee are brilliant, talented individuals. What they achieve on a monthly basis is astonishing. I would not swap any of them, for any committee member, at any other club. They achieve all that they do despite – almost exclusively – having full time jobs, family responsibilities or other voluntary posts.

I invite members to consider your key officials now, here on this top table. We as individuals should not be the members running this club, at our stage in life. But we are in this position, and we do have so many ideas a plans of how we would like to move this club forward. But the lack of numbers – and crucially, free time – prevents us from moving the club forward as fast as we would like.

So we need you. We need your help. More importantly, we need you to commit your time to help.

When you take on a role such as we do, you do so in the hope that you get something back. Not financially, but in a much wider sense. But when you ask 10-12 individuals to manage an organisation like ours, for no pay, and for so long as we have, it becomes disheartening and it is often that disinterest which leads people to walk away. It becomes unenjoyable, and that is the biggest danger this club faces at this time.

New members in the running of the club always bring new ideas, a fresh impetus. We have benefitted in this regard in the last 12 months. But we need your help and support.

It doesn’t need to be formal. It can be a promise to help out with a certain aspect. Training can be given on anything. Your skills are transferable, whenever they may have been acquired. Without the input of more members, this club will only go backwards, not forwards as it is perfectly placed to do so.

In Conclusion

Our club remains in a solid position. We have no debt, and some capital reserved for repairs, improvements and developments. Members benefit from a brillaintly talented band of volunteers. But we need your help and support to help this club achieve its potential.

 

Stuart Maher

Great Harwood CC Club Chairman

17th February 2020

Match Report – 2020 AGM – Monday 17th February 2020

AGM Match Report.

Today’s match report comes from The Cliffe on a wet and rainy Monday Evening. You may wonder why we are playing in the dark in February…..well all will become apparent as you read through this report.

As we approach AGM Kick Off…or stumps or whatever the cricket term is…..we manage to pull together just a full squad of 15. I must state at this point this squad of 15 is by far the strongest squad the club has and is made up of individuals of all ages, led by our Chairman Mr Maher.

As the game (AGM) kicks off we get off to an average start as we review the on field performance for last season. This continues as we review the accounts for last season which were lower than our position the season before. Our squad for the evening pull together and rally to produce some positive play, and tactics of how we can continue to improve as a club.

As the 1st innings ends we put ourselves in a strong position as we move into the next innings (next season). Everyone in the squad tonight believe strongly as a club we will come out winners if we pull together as a team.

The moral of this match report (from me your resident match reporter) is that we have a fantastic “small” squad of people that run “Your Club” and without these we wouldn’t have a club. Albeit I appreciate that on a wet and rainy Monday in February that people are too busy to attend an AGM…..but I reach out to you all as “Your Club Needs You”.

We all believe that what our Cricket Club offers is a fantastic set of facilities including cricket but also on the social side….and it doesn’t run itself.

I have personally volunteered to join this great club’s committee to do more to support the running of the club……but don’t fear….you don’t need to do this…..any support, however small, helps us.

Please reach out to support “Your” Great Harwood Cricket Club.

Over and Out

Neil

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Note – Chairman’s remarks on the AGM will follow at a later date.

FINAL REMINDER: Annual General Meeting 2020

This is your final reminder that our AGM will take place on Monday 17th February 2020 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 2020 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

2020 AGM Details

Our AGM will take place on Monday 17th February 2020 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 2020 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

New Year’s Eve @GHCC

Join us for a family-friendly and fun filled evening of entertainment this coming New Year’s Eve.
We have Live Music from Charlotte Olivia
Also featuring a buffet and disco into the early hours.
This is a family-friendly event at our family-friendly club.
Tickets are £7 for adults, with a family ticket costing £15
To book tickets or for further information, contact us here