18 November 2019 News 3079
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Hello all, and I hope life between cricket seasons is treating you well. Whilst cricket is no longer happening at the club, preparations for next season are under way. The club's Annual General Meeting will be held at the club on Friday 29th November, and I hereby issue a plea to ALL members (including players) to attend. The meeting will run through the annual financial accounts and appoint/re-appoint members to the key roles within our club. There is always room for new people to get involved, and I would especially be grateful for HELP! in the following areas :

1. Social media -our Facebook/Twitter prescence is currently poor, in my opinion. Advertising our events/matches to a wider audience, generally raising the profile of the club AND ITS LOCATION! I'm amazed how many people attending functions 'didn't know this was here'.

2. Catering. I am delighted to announce that TCCC were awarded top marks for teas in the Palace Shield. A rota of volunteers on matchdays will present me with the opportunity to watch cricket again. The first-team are well aware that I watch home and away -but having taken on the role of chairman, I saw very little cricket this season. Indeed, with bar duties post-match nearly every Saturday, my Saturday started at 9 am collecting food and bar sundries -then to the club to make sandwiches for 'off-sales', man the kitchen then the bar and typically get home after midnight.

3. Bar. Brian has done a fantastic job for the club this year, and between us we have manned the bar every Saturday throughout the season at absolutely no cost to the club. We both have two lads who have come through the junior ranks -and wives who help run the kitchen. I know there are other people amongst our membership who can make a contribution to this effort. I had never pulled a pint before March this year. I'm 53 and willing to learn.

Aside from the need to recruit new faces to the volunteer ranks, we need to give thought to our cricket personnel and decide what sort of cricket club we want to be. Do we want our first team to survive in the Palace Shield Premier division, push for promotion to the Northern League -or are we not bothered? Personally, I would like us to achieve the best possible placing. We are exploring the possibility of recruiting an Overseas Amateur for the 2020 season. We would potentially be seeking assistance in offering this player a) accommodation and b) employment for the duration of the season. If you, or someone you know, are able to offer some kind of assistance in this regard we would be delighted to hear from you.

The second, third and Sunday teams remain critical to the future playing prosperity of the club. Moreover, the junior section is where it begins and I know it was a source of great pride to my predecessor Gerald Brown when the 1st XI team sheet was 11 players who started in the juniors. We are always looking for players to provide competition for places -at any age.

After the new committee has been formed, it is intended to have a brief forum to explore potential capital projects and their funding(!!) moving forward. These will be items like a minibus (for away travel -senior and junior teams), a 2-lane practice facility and the possibility of a players/members lounge for those occasions when the club is hired for a function. We have achieved much this year (player showers/cellar cooling) and have managed to obtain significant funding to cover these projects. Whatever we decide to proceed with next, we would ideally raise the money from outwith our membership -be it via the club lottery, advertising banners/boards or gift.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM. It's not my club -it's ours. The committee welcome your opinions, ideas, criticisms and commitment to making TCCC the best it can be.  

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