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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Play A Part In Our Beer Festival – 28th-30th June 2019

Become a sponsor!

 

The FIRST EVER Great Harwood Cricket Club Beer, Cider and Gin Festival will take place on the weekend of June 28-30, 2019 and we’re looking for sponsors for each of the beer and cider barrels which will be available on the day!

 

Sponsors play a vital part in keeping the beer prices as low as possible and we’re looking for companies or individuals who would be willing to join our event and become sponsors for what will be a massive event for the town and attract huge interest from the surrounding area!

 

For just £125 [beer barrel], £75 [cider barrel], or £25 [gin bottle], your branding (or name if you’re and individual) will be associated with your sponsored beer or cider on the day, as well as featuring in our festival guide which will be handed out to everyone who attends.  You’ll also benefit from coverage on our official club website and social media platforms, and you’ll also receive

 

– a complimentary entrance ticket for becoming a sponsor of a gin bottle

– a complimentary entrance ticket and 2 beer tokens for becoming a sponsor of a cider,

– two complimentary tickets and 4 beer tokens if you opt to sponsor a barrel of beer.

 

Help us to deliver a great Festival by sponsoring a barrel or bottle. You’ll get your company message across, entertain your friends with some tasty beers and get the feel-good factor of having helped YOUR local club.

 

We have a few casks and barrels still to be sponsored, so if you’re interested in joining other local companies in supporting our festival, please contact our club secretary Richard Law-Riding on 07841 901694 or at secretary@gtharwoodcc.co.uk today to discuss this.

 

Thankyou in advance for your support.