Accentuate the positive

20 June 2019 News 65

It's the 19th June 2019. The learning curve is steep. I knew it wouldn't be easy. Thornton Cleveleys Cricket Club is alive and well. We are hosting the AllStars programme on Friday evenings where 20+ young boys and girls have great fun learning the basic skills of cricket, aided ably by parents and grandparents. We decided to give priority to AllStars this year, holding the sessions close to the pavilion in order that the adults could make full use of the facilities our club has to offer. I hope they are enjoying their Friday evenings with us.

But we're nearly at midsummer -so cricket matches can start a little later. Consequently, we have a T20 fixture on Thursday 20th June starting at 7pm against Kirkham, needing a win to progress to finals day.

On Friday after AllStars, we have an Under 15 game against Chorley, starting at 6.45. Please try to support our teams of all ages.

Our first team continue to win matches -unbeaten so far and only thwarted on two occasions by the weather. Our second and third teams continue to remain competitive, in spite of the difficulty encountered on a weekly basis fielding our strongest teams. The best ability is availability. And then our Sunday team have set great standards under the captaincy of Sam Curwen. We made a concious decision at the start of the season to make this team an Under 21 team, and the lads have really come together as a group -training together on Friday nights and becoming a good bunch of lads who enjoy each others company. Again, please make the effort to watch this team when you can -they're a credit to the club.

We play a quarter-final of the prestigious Meyler Cup on Sunday 23rd at home to Torrisholme, start time 1.30. Hopefully the sun will shine on us and we can make further progress.

The onset of summer brings hedge growth and we continually seek the help of our members to keep our ground looking the best it can be, with bench seating for spectators free of brambles etc. Please feel free to adopt a bench and look after it!

We have worked hard to provide our players with a great facility and atmosphere in which to play sport. New practice netting has been erected to alleviate ongoing issues with our neighbours -it seems to be working, and I'm pleased about that. The bar has been revitalised with new products and new pricing. We aren't standing still and have now introduced Maltsmith's IPA, a refreshingly different product. The cask ales seem to have been well received -look out for more guests through the summer. Brian's gin bowls have been well received -impressing the Whitley Neill rep!

The club is still reliant on function bookings to enhance our commercial viability whilst raising the profile of the club in the local community. You'd be surprised how many people don't know where we are! In an ideal world, these function bookings would have little impact on the use of our club by our members -and generally that is the case. Where (typically) christenings are hosted on a Sunday during cricket matches, there can be issues created by rain. It doesn't happen often but all I ask is that our members are respectful to the requirements of a visiting party. On most occasions, the visiting party want to be able to cast their eyes over a game of cricket. To ALL playing members, I ask that you allow these functions to take place without disruption -that does not mean you are not welcome to come into the club. This has been the case since the new clubhouse was built -and it still requires this income stream to sustain it.

So let's keep things moving onwards and upwards. Put aside the things we aren't quite getting right yet -but please keep raising matters that need our attention. There was an excellent article in the Guardian a few weeks ago featuring case studies from 3 cricket clubs. Lowerhouse in the Lancashire League -where young ladies watch cricket! Leicestershire CC who claim they only survive financially on cake sales. A self-aware cricketer who decided the best contribution he could make to his club was to  be the media man. All three cases resonated with me -these are all factors that can affect clubs at all levels. But in essence the common theme is quite stark -cricket clubs need people to give freely of their time, be it playing, weeding, running the bar, administration, catering, coaching. 

I've found the last couple of weeks quite challenging. Sometimes in life you go the extra yard and get duly rewarded or well thought of. Sometimes, it gets thrown back in your face. I am honoured to be following in the footsteps of Gerald Brown as Chairman of this cricket club. And for all the negative energy I have encountered recently, I more highly prize the words of one of our senior members last Saturday -'You're doing a great job'. I choose to accentuate the positive.

Dave Rolinson

TCCC Chairman

Chairman's Update March 2019

25 March 2019 News 203

Dear friends, colleagues and members,

Phew! We made it -a successful opening night of the bar, combined with signing on night and a quiz. What was achieved behind the scenes in a short space of time is little short of a miracle -or madness- but I knew we had some brilliant people at our club and they have come up trumps. Thanks go to all who helped, including our suppliers Lancaster Brewery and Primo Drinks who have been extremely helpful in enabling the night to be a success. All that was done is for the good of our members -and I hope you will all enjoy the result throughout the year.

I am pleased to announce the support of new sponsors for both advertising and match-balls -there's always room for more!

Our next step -getting the cricket ground side of our club ready! Plenty of little jobs and some larger annual tasks -please offer whatever time you can spare to assist Oli Vincent with Ground Force activities.

Finally, we look forward to welcoming opposition for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 13th April -hope to see many of you there.

Dave Rolinson

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

19 March 2019 News 221

Dear all,
There are two main sponsorship opportunities available at TCCC for the 2019 season.
Match ball sponsorship. Cost £25. We have three Saturday teams and a Sunday team -that’s nearly 100 balls! Coax it out of your boss or grandparents -we are always appreciative!
Pitchside advertising board £250 + VAT. Gerald Brown had a vision for the Illawalla ground to have advertising hoardings -like some of you will have seen at Longridge CC. I would like to see this materialise -not only for the commercial revenue, but also to stop our match balls disappearing into places we can’t go! We are extremely grateful to our existing sponsors and hope they will continue to support us. If you, or someone you know, would like to support the club in this way, please contact me directly for a discussion. Who knows, we might be able to reduce player subs in future!!
Please do what you can -and spread the burden!

Dave Rolinson
Chairman
07799 295729 

Signing-on night plus Quiz - 22nd March

19 March 2019 News 180

This friday sees our Signing-on night plus Quiz and the official opening of ‘Brian’s Bar’.

Dear Member - present and future,

In advance of our signing-on night, please find attached this year’s forms together with the necessary information to enable payment of subs by direct credit. By sending the forms in this way, we hope to enable signing-on night to be a smooth process. Forms will be available on the night and over the coming weeks should you wish to fill them out in the historical way.

Should you wish to make payment by direct credit, PLEASE put your name as reference. If you are paying for multiple-subscriptions in one payment, please make reference -ie ROLINSON x4, and bring your completed forms to either signing on night or nets.

Many thanks for your help with this.

Dave Rolinson

TCCC Chairman