Club Membership 2021

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Dear members, players, supporters and friends.

Thank you to all of you who have already renewed your membership for the 2021 season, which began last week.

Ahead of our first 1st XI home game this Sunday, I would usually be looking forward to meeting with many of you at Cliffe Park as our teams take to the field for a new season, however whilst we can hopefully look forward to this later in the season, the club are not currently allowed to invite spectators to watch our games.

Club members are, however, currently able to visit to use our hospitality areas, providing strict conditions (detailed in previous posts) are adhered to.

I felt therefore, I should write to update you on some of the steps we have taken through the winter and provide details of this years’ club membership.

Following what has been an incredibly difficult year for everybody, we are delighted that Lancashire League Cricket is set to return for what hopefully will be a full and uninterrupted season. Firstly I wish to put on record our thanks to each and every one of you who renewed your memberships last year without knowing whether there would be any cricket to watch at all. You really have helped us survive.

Our committee have been busy guiding the club through the pandemic, but have also worked hard to progress our development plans through this time. I’d like to briefly take you through some developments

Thikshila de Silva returns as professional for 2021. Despite Covid restrictions presenting difficulties, we are delighted to have Thikshila return for the coming season. He’s arrived, has come through his entry shielding and started well last week, hitting a tremendous 123* away at Nelson, despite us ultimately falling short.

Hawks Cricket Academy. We’ve taken the step to formalise our junior cricket offering under an academy structure, which will help our vision to identify and develop young talent, helping young cricketers to develop their skills, attitude and create a cricket culture that will enable them to develop into District and County cricketers. Paul Newton has been appointed to the lead role of Hawks Academy Manager, working alongside Mick Deasey, who will continue to support him in the role

Development 4th XI. We enter the 2021 season with four senior mens teams. Our 4th XI will be led by Liam Noon and comprise a development XI, helping our best young cricketers gain the experience and game time needed to become the best they can be. They will compete in Lancashire League 3rd XI Division Group A.

Cliffe Park has a new name for 2021 as we are delighted to have arranged a ground sponsorship agreement with Evolve Document Solutions. The partnership will see the ground renamed as “The Evolve Document Solutions Cliffe Park”.

Lead Club Sponsors – 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 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.

Bar Opening – Current Rules – At the time of writing, we are unable to welcome supporters to our club to watch games, but club members can attend to use our hospitality section. There are some strict conditions to this, detailed here, along with our opening times for the week ahead on our homepage please familiarise yourself with these conditions prior to attending.

Membership Subscriptions 2021

Playing Members

Men’s Playing Membership

  • Opt 1   £75 plus £7 match fee
  • Opt 2   £150 (no match fees)

Ladies Playing Membership         £30

Junior Players

  • U10-U18                                  £45
  • Up to and including U9       £35

Advance match fees for juniors playing senior cricket     £50

Non-Playing Members

  • Ground Member                  £30
  • Ground Member (conc)     £20
  • Social Member                     £15
  • Family Membership           £50

(plus £25 per junior player for junior match fees)

  • Patrons – by arrangement
  • Donations – we would always welcome any donations from existing and new members

Ways To Pay

Bank Transfer

Sort Code:         20-09-72

Account No:       93078418

Please include your name as the reference so we can allocate it

By Post

By cheque made out to

Great Harwood Cricket Club

Thank you in advance for your continued support. Keep safe and look after yourselves, and I hope to see you all at some point this summer at The Evolve Document Solutions Cliffe Park.

Kind regards

Andrew

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.

Re-Opening – Great Harwood Cricket Club

The management committee of Great Harwood Cricket Club are delighted to confirm that our bar will re-open, with restrictions, from later this week

In line with the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown, our opening times next week will be as follows:

  • Friday 16th – 6:00pm to 9.30pm
  • Saturday 17th -Noon to 8.30pm
  • Sunday 18th – Noon to 8.30pm

Opening times for future weeks will be published in due course

In order to support our reopening, we need to make it clear that our opening is based on all rules and government guidelines being adhered to at all times.  As such, all members and visitors must take note of, and fully comply with, the following:

Track and Trace

  • Everybody attending Great Harwood Cricket Club is required to comply with the requirements for venue check-in, or we may face a £1000 fine.
  • This is done by scanning the QR code displayed on all outdoor tables, then filling in the required details. You can also “check-in” using the NHS COVID-19 app.
  • All visitors are required to check-in to enter hospitality venues, not just one per group.
  • If anyone cannot access the NHS app or check in using the QR code, you should send the full name and contact details for any such individuals by text or WhatsApp the club number that is noted on all hospitality tables
  • Anyone who does not comply must be refused entry and refused service.

Hospitality Service Areas

Service will be outdoors only, please remember there is no shelter if the weather is bad.

We have designated specific areas for hospitality service. These are:

  • The front terrace on the east side of the clubhouse
  • The balcony on the west side of the clubhouse
  • The patio area directly in front of the front terrace
  • The benches along the ground perimeter to the bottom of the car park

All seating areas will have table numbers, which you will need when ordering food or drinks.

Hospitality Service – Rules and Restrictions

The guidelines dictate that food and drinks can only be ordered and consumed whilst seated.

Anybody in the hospitality areas that are not seated, or participating in organised sports (covered under separate rules) must wear a mask or face covering.

National social contact rules apply, meaning a maximum of either 6 people, or people from 2 households, can be in a group.

Government guidelines on social distancing must be adhered to at all times whilst on Great Harwood Cricket Club premises

Please avoid any close or physical contact with others (e.g. shaking hands)

Do not move furniture around – it has been positioned to support social distancing

Please observe and adhere to all signage when moving around the ground

Keep children seated when in the hospitality areas, and supervise them during toilet visits

The clubhouse toilets will be available, and accessible via the front door.  Face coverings must be worn within the toilets and customers must sanitise on entry and exit from the building.

Hospitality – How to Order

The club operates ‘Challenge 25’ in terms of sale of alcohol, so if you are fortunate enough to still look young, bring your ID

To complete an order, you MUST first have completed the Venue check-in for Track and Trace

To order, you must then send a message via either SMS text or WhatsApp to the Club Hospitality number, which is printed on the table laminates.  The order message needs to include your full name, your table number, followed by your order.  The message will be received by our bar staff who will then deliver your order to your table.

If you unable to do this, please speak to a member of staff. Do not enter the clubhouse to do this.

Please Note – There may be slight delays in receiving your orders given the requirements to serve to your tables. Please understand this when making orders – our staff are working hard and also having to adhere to a different set of rules around handling and sanitisation to keep you safe.

Payment should be made if possible by cash on delivery.

For members, and those with bar cards, a tab service will be available for the duration of your stay. This allows you to settle your bill at the end of your stay by credit/debit card, and benefit from your membership/bar card discount.  Should you opt for this payment method, you may be required to enter a card payment zone within the hospitality area.  Face masks must be worn when in this zone, and all social distancing rules must be adhered to.

At peak times we may ask you to share your table to maximise occupation, if you feel uncomfortable doing this, please let us know, your comfort and safety will be our first priority.

All of these measures are being used to reduce the potential for spread of COVID-19

Please Remember

A lot of work from volunteers has been completed over the winter to upgrade our facilities and more recently to open these facilities in line with government regulations at significant time and cost.  As such, we would remind you that bringing your own alcohol is prohibited, under the terms of our license. Please refrain from doing do, and purchase from us, or go elsewhere.

Foul & Abusive Language will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Please respect our club and keep noise to a minimum when leaving

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.

Announcing Evolve Document Solutions as our new ground sponsors

We are delighted to announce a ground sponsorship agreement with Evolve Document Solutions.

The partnership between the club and Evolve Document Solutions will see the ground renamed as “The Evolve Document Solutions Cliffe Park”, and significant investment will be put into the club to help continue to invest in our facilities at Great Harwood Cricket Club.

Chairman of Great Harwood Cricket Club, Stuart Maher comments; “We are absolutely delighted to have a partner and sponsor in Evolve. They are a rapidly expanding company and it is fantastic they want to invest in junior and senior cricket and give back to their local communities through Great Harwood Cricket Club. We hope this agreement can be the start of a long and happy partnership.”

Daniel Maddox, Managing Director at Evolve, said: “We are proud to support grass roots sport in our local communities. We are continually looking to identify opportunities to create meaningful local partnerships and invest in the future of community hubs like Great Harwood Cricket Club. they do a lot of great work nurturing junior talent, and we are delighted to help support them through this new partnership”.

About Evolve Document Solutions

Evolve Document Solutions offer a range of printing, copying and managed print solutions across the North West of England and beyond.

Our team of experts deliver fast, efficient and personal service for your business when it comes to your paper handling.

Our aim is always the same, stiving to reduce costs whilst making your office environment more efficient.

Launch of our Hawks Cricket Academy

We are delighted to add to our thriving junior cricket offering at Great Harwood Cricket Club by formally launching our Hawks Cricket Academy for 2021 and beyond.

Our junior cricket section is already thriving, with teams at Under9s, Under 11s, under 13s, Under 15s and Under 18s in the top divisions of the Lancashire Junior League. We also host a successful All Stars Cricket programme for 5-8 year olds, and will this year host a Dynamos course for 8-11 year olds for those newer to the sport.

The move to a formal Academy structure will help our club with our vision to identify and develop young talent, helping young cricketers to develop their skills, attitude and create a cricket culture that will enable them to develop into District and County cricketers.

Paul Newton takes over as Junior Cricket Co-ordinator

Our junior set-up goes from strength to strength every year, and we are also delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Newton to the lead role of junior cricket co-ordinator. He will work alongside Mick Deasey who will continue to support him in the role.

The Professional British Butler School sponsors the Great Harwood Hawks Cricket Academy

We are also delighted to have on board The Professional British Butler School as our lead academy sponsor for 2021. Wayne and his team are very passionate about the development of people in their work, and supporting the development of our junior cricketers sits hand in hand with their ethos of developing young people.

The Managing Director of The Professional British Butler School, Wayne Fitzharris, commented:

‘We’re delighted to support Great Harwood Hawks for the next 5 years and hopefully beyond. We are proud to be investing in the future of the club and our town. Kids deserve great life coaches and I’ve been amazed at how much effort our coaches put in.’

Club Chairman Stuart Maher commented: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Wayne and his team for his long-term commitment to support the growth of our Hawks Cricket Academy. Our already succesful junior teams will only go from strength to strength with continued investment in facilities, equipment and coaching.

‘Everyone at the club looks forward to working together to continue our sporting and personal development of our boys and girls.’

A View from the Balconies – An Update from Your Club Committee

A Review

What a year it’s been. Our country has rarely faced such a challenge, certainly in peace time.

I’d dare say no other committee of this great club of ours will ever face a year like it. And we all hope we never have to again!

We approached the spring and summer of 2020 with such optimism. Optimism that turned to worry, fear and despair in March, April & May of 2020. But, we were able to invest time in our club, providing a break from the troubles of life for so many within our community, despite all the restrictions the pandemic has imposed upon us all.

The club’s committee, its many volunteers, and everyone who has helped us over the last 12 months deserve praise for what we have achieved. We are indebted to club members and supporters for their financial support, without which we may not still have our club.

I have never been prouder to lead the management team behind our club than I have been in the last 12 months. What we achieved is nothing short of remarkable. Despite all our worries and fears, our club is better than it ever was. Our facilities continue to improve. We continue to be a community hub for all of our town.

The Future

We look forward to the 2021 season ahead with so much optimism. Many local businesses, notwithstanding the pandemic, are investing in our community projects, supporting what we do for the benefit of so many. More details will follow over the coming days and weeks.

Finances remain tight, but we will provide as much as we can for the benefit of our community. That is why we are still here. That is why we will always be here.

We hope to see many of you in the weeks and months to come. We will be there for our community. We hope you will be here for us too.

Stuart Maher, Club Chairman, Great Harwood Cricket Club

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from Great Harwood Cricket Club

Whilst it has been a year to forget for so many of us, one no-one would wish to repeat, we’d like to end the year by wishing all our members, supporters, players and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We look forward to welcoming you all back to Cliffe Park early in 2021.

Art Prints of Great Harwood CC for sale – just in time for Christmas!

Looking for that extra special Christmas present? Well we’ve got something for you……….

Specially commissioned by a club member, local artist Colin Livesey has produced a number of signed prints of his landscape work of our very picturesque clubhouse, mid-game.

If you look closely enough, you can probably identify, who we were playing, who was batting and bowling, right down to which spectators are watching the game from their traditional positions!

Art prints sized at 18″ x 12″ are available to buy at just £25. If you wish for us to include a white mount, they are priced at £35. (Frames are not included)

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GREAT HARWOOD CRICKET CLUB

These are limited edition prints, signed by the artist himself. So, get in touch early to avoid disappointment.

Contact chairman@gtharwoodcc.co.uk for more details.

You can also check out more of Colin’s wonderful work via his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Livesey-Art-815087035319407

Captains appointed for 2021 season

The Committee of Great Harwood CC are delighted to announce the appointment of our team captains for the 2021 season.

Allan Armer

1st XI

Allan Armer has been appointed as our 1st XI captain, replacing Matt Oddie who stood down in 2020. The Committee would like to express our thanks to Matt for his service as captain, and wish him well as he returns to the playing ranks.

Allan has captained the 1st XI on a permanent basis before, most notably in 2008 when he led the club to its first Ribblesdale Cricket League title in 108 years. Stuart Maher has been appointed as his vice-captain. We wish them both every success in what we hope will be a season where normality returns to all our lives!

Paul Houldsworth

2nd XI

For the first time in our club’s history we have taken the decision to appoint joint 2nd XI captains in the shape of Russell Whalley & Paul Houldsworth. They bring a combined wealth of priceless experience as they are tasked with developing the next generation of 1st XI cricketers.

3rd XI

Richard Law-Riding will continue to lead our 3rd XI in 2021 and continue his work in developing our junior players into senior cricket in a competitive environmment.

Liam Noon

4th XI

We are also delighted that the continued hardwork of our junior section, led by our coordinator Mick Deasey and his cohort of brilliant managers and coaches, has neccesitated the introduction of our first-ever 4th XI, entered into the Lancashire League Third Divisions alongside our 3rd XI.

We anticipate that this team will allow those keen junior players the opportunity of more senior cricket, to help their development into the next generations of 1st XI cricketers.

We are delighted that Liam Noon has agreed to take on the role of our inaugural 4th XI captain. We wish him all the best for the season ahead.

Ladies Team

Our Ladies Team will once again be led by Vicky Cocken, as the team look to develop throughout 2021 having almost all of their 2020 season wiped out by the COVID-19 crisis

Clubhouse open this evening at 6.00 p.m.

Members! The cricket season may be over with but you can still support YOUR club!

The clubhouse and bar will be open this Friday evening (2nd October) for members and their guests from 6.00pm to last orders at 9.30pm. Covid guidelines will be followed with limited numbers seated and table service only. We ask that everyone have left the premises by 10.00pm.

Should more members and guests wish to come along than we can accommodate, we may have to turn some people away. We do however thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter.