Welcome Dear Reader to our first Newsletter of 2015.
All at CCC are looking forward to the various celebrations we have in our programme for this our Centenary Year. And what a century it has been! Starting its life in wartime; developing the definitive Fixture Bureau with over 200,000 matches arranged; surviving another world war and the introduction of Leagues; and on through to the 21st
century, through 17 different Prime Ministers and 45 Ashes tours. A lot has certainly changed but CCC has continued serving cricket clubs and organisations for 100 years.
As an example of our trying to help grassroots cricket, we have received the following email which we hope will trigger some positive action from our readers:
“The Cricket Pavilion in Mill Hill Park was burnt to the ground in 2009 by vandals. As a “temporary” measure two metal containers were placed in the park to provide storage etc. They remain there today, a total eyesore in one of North London’s premier parks. Obtaining fixtures with such awful facilities was impossible and cricket has virtually ceased in this location.
Barnet Council have kindly agreed to provide funding for a pre-cast concrete pavilion, however we need additional funds to make the new pavilion secure, to pay for nets and for the replacement of the artificial matting on the square.
We hope to re-vitalise the game in Mill Hill, notably for youth and ladies, and it will offer excellent facilities for spectators too. Can anyone offer any additional funding that will help us to get up and running for this summer’s cricket season? We will then be able to develop a strong fixture list for next year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org”
Other articles on the website are showcased including the ups and downs at Chingford CC, the MCC’s help for Nepal’s cricketing future and the Waitrose Club initiative. Our trading partner Dennis Sisis is offering a day’s course for groundsfolk, and there is a reminder of our active Forum, where you can put your views forward.
In the interests of our Clubs, we are committed to providing as much information as possible on issues which can positively influence how Clubs can innovate to their own advantage. We have received details of Sport England's latest initiative "Club Matters" and we hope that you will all take advantage of the concept. Click here
for the information.
Finally, may I remind you of The Reluctant Umpire, a book about the perilous problems of being asked to umpire during a match, and still retaining your friendships? It is available by clicking on the Club Cricket Charity logo at the lower right of this Newsletter with all proceeds going to the Charity.
Have a great spring and anticipate a great summer!