We regret to announce that Roger MacKinnon of Sturtwood Farm has sadly passed away after a long illness. Over the years Roger has been a generous benefactor and supporter of the club. We send our condolences to Bridgit and the Clark family – Caroline, Neil, Samuel and Thomas.
NatWest Cricket Force (6th April) is traditionally the day when it is ‘all hands on deck’ to get the club ready for the new season. As usual there were lots of jobs to be done in order to get everything ready for the new season in just one weeks time! Here is the group having a break and a well deserved cup of tea and a bacon roll. JC is missing as he took the picture.
Publicity is ramping up for All Stars Cricket. On the 2nd April we did a promotion at Newdigate Infants School.
On the 22nd March we held a parent’s evening during which we discussed all the plans for junior cricket in 2019. Our Chairman, James Penfold, gave a presentation outlining all that will be happening during the forthcoming season. He made an appeal for assistance and in particular he requested help with doing the weekly registration and organising the selling of second-hand equipment.
Two mates from Australia – Matt Dedes and Dylan Mares.
On the 10th March a group of Coopers and Thompsons took part in the Banham Marsden March – a walk from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham to the Marsden in Sutton. This was organised by Susannah the sister of Surrey’s Richard Thompson who herself has undergone breast cancer treatment. Our own Allan Cooper took part along with his sisters Angela and Suzie. So far they have raised nearly £10,000.If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause then go to:
Throughout the winter Redhill Probationary Service has been supplying us with teams of workers. Their primary job has been to clear leaves and a very good job they have done too. They came again on the 7th March and cleared all the twigs that had fallen from the trees in the centre of the field and cleared more leaves around the pavilion and on the side next to the woods. They also removed the netting from around the square and put up the posts and rope.
100 days to go until the start of the ICC World Cup Cricket Competition. The event was launched on the 19th February at Trafalgar Square. We are one of 1800 clubs throughout the country who have registered to be a Cricket World Cup Club and we have applied for a £1,000 grant to improve club facilities.
Winter nets are being held at the Belmont School in Holmbury St. Mary. See the calendar for the session programme.
The Russell Haigh Bursary is under way at the Surrey Cricket Centre. Here are the players with their coaches Andy and Neil.
Following the cold snap we have had problems at the pavilion. Jill Earp was walking her dog on the 1st February when she heard an alarm going off. James and Charlie inspected only to find water cascading from the changing room ceiling. Fortunately, plumber Nigel Pankhurst, was in the village and he cut off the water and identified the faulty joint.
The drying process is now taking place but new lagging is required and the stained walls will have to be re-painted.
Our AGM held at the club on Thursday, 10th January was extremely well attended. Chairman, James Penfold gave an excellent illustrated presentation describing the aspirations of the club within a Five Year Development Plan. This can be seen under Club Information on this website. We said goodbye to a number of committee members – James Bettesworth (membership), Stephen Kehl (treasurer), Tricia Kehl (social), Andrew Mayne (junior co-ordinator), Allan Cooper (1st XI Captain) and Paul Bettesworth (2nd XI Captain). They were replaced by Graham Capel, Jon Pritchard, Pippa Beattie, Phil Mumford, Lewis Davies and Dan Jones. Contact details of all the new committee can be found under Who’s Who. At the meeting Monjur Elahi was presented with the Club Person of the Year Award.
Evette Burton and John Callcut ran a two hour coaching session at the club on the 2nd January to blow away the cobwebs. Ten players attended and enjoyed a variety of fielding, batting and bowling exercises.
Many congratulations to William Harmsworth who was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the magistracy. William has been a magistrate for 35 years serving East Surrey and Mole Valley. We think he should have got an MBE for umpiring the mid-week team for so many years!!