Hello to all our members young and old.
I thought it was time to keep you abreast of all things Eastcote Cricket Club.
First and foremost, I hope everyone is fit and well and coping both physically and mentally during these unprecedented times.
On the financial front we are battling hard to survive during this period with no bar revenues and only bills to pay.
We have installed a complete freeze on all capital expenditure except necessary work on the two squares . These cuts meant scrapping plans to decorate the foyer and hallway.
Tom Hudson our groundsman has been working hard to get both the squares and outfields in great condition following a very wet winter. They are taking shape nicely . On this basis he has accepted a reduction in hours and a subsequent pay cut to help us until cricket is close.
Marc Broom similarly has been working hard rolling out help for our colts with technical and training tips via video and YouTube. As part of the cuts and dialogue between ourselves his role has been adjusted to Director of Colts.
Regarding cricket we remain in the dark as to when we will be able to recommence. The pro game remains suspended until at least 1st July. I’ve been in discussions with the Middlesex league and they remain hopeful of a competitive half season on a one up one down basis. If cricket resumes in July it may mean the season will continue until the end of September.
Colts cricket hopefully will resume whenever we get the go ahead from the authorities. We will endeavour to get as much cricket for your girls and boys as possible.
On a positive note we have received a grant for £10,000 from the London Borough of Hillingdon and are seeking a similar amount from Sport England. Peter Tilsed has been instrumental in these applications and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the club.
A couple of other mentions. Brenda Goodchild is an unsung hero working many hours unpaid to keep the club books in order. This has been extremely difficult during Roger Norton’s sad illness. Roger is now recovering well. Great news.
My personal thanks to Geoff Roan our Secretary and John Clouting our President for their support and wise counsel. We are all working hard to do the best for the now and the future. We are fully aware of our role as “guardians of the club” in these mad times.
We have also gone through our bar stock and any snacks and soft drinks due to go out of date have been taken to the local foodbank.
I fully understand everyone’s potential financial difficulties but thank you for paying subs and your donations which will help the club survive.
Stay well and fingers crossed we can all catch up soon at our great club.
Chairman Eastcote Cricket Club