It is almost the end of the season, but I can assure you all that there is a lot going on / to do at our cricket club. Please read on.....
As stated in the fixture card and my last mails, post season work rotas are taking place on the 2nd/3rd and 8th/9th October. Darren has a long list of things to be done for next season. PLEASE do you bit and come along and help.
As mentioned on the player WhatsApp group the post season player meeting (that was suggested at our June players meeting) has been set by our skippers for 13th October in the pavilion (location subject to change). The idea of the meeting is for all players to get 'closure' on the season and ask any questions of the skippers before the winter sets in. It will be really good to air all observations, learn lessons and raise concerns for 2017 rather than sit on them in the close season. No agenda has been set as such, as we have not had one of these before. Please come along with ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism so we can be a stronger club in 2017.
As I have been vaguely promising for a couple of years now we are getting organised and have plans to refurbish the pavilion in October. Attached to the right is a summary of planned work. We are having to invest some money in this, but the interior of the club has hardly been touched in decades and I think we are all agreed that action is needed.
The internal furnishing and layout (furniture only not the actual structure i.e. walls) are all to be targeted to ensure compliance with health and safety minimum standards, freshen up the interior to encourage members to hire the space and invite friends / family to the club. The overall objective is to make the environment as warm as possible to encourage people to stay and enjoy the club. This in turn will increase hall hire income + bar revenue which will then be used to invest in other areas of the club where third party funding is difficult / impossible to find e.g. new ground equipment, improved drainage, new veranda etc. We recognise that a balance needs to be struck to modernise yet still ensure we remain true to our identify i.e. a long standing Cricket Club.
Jane Crick is our Pavilion Secretary and for those that do not know, runs her own business that amongst other things refurbishes rooms and commercial property. She has a great vision for how things will look and has the skills and contacts to make sure the whole plan will work.
Jane already has some confirmed volunteered help (thanks to you all, you know who you are) but all additional help will be so appreciated. Please contact her or me with your details and availability.
Jane, Andy Mac, Del and maybe me, will be available on Sunday afternoon to talk all members through the plans with samples of materials, colours etc. Please come along to learn more and to find out how you can help.
Thanks again for all help to date and please come along to one of the outdoor work rotas or assist with the pavilion refurbishment over the next 6 weeks.
I say it in every mail because it is true; NECC is as much your club as it is mine and all of us on Management. If you have any ideas, suggestions, observations or thoughts about anything re. our club then please let me know.
Many thanks for reading my mails and with very best wishes
Chairman, North Enfield Cricket Club