As the excesses of turkey and fine wines fade our thoughts turn to the new season and an important message from The Chairman…
Club Dinner & Awards
Hopefully you are all aware that the Club’s main event of the year is due to take place at the Institute on Saturday 2nd February. There is a slight increase in price this year due to the fact that last year we were not charged for use of the Institute as compensation for previously double-booking us. I am sure you will agree, however, that it remains extremely good value at under £40 for welcoming drinks and canapés, followed by a four course meal plus coffee, not to mention the huge amounts that you save by being able to bring your own refreshments ! Ticket sales are well-advanced so please do contact Rosemary as soon as possible to make sure that you don’t miss the event of the year which will include one or two new (and old) faces amongst the speakers !
The AGM is due to be held at the Institute at 8pm on Tuesday 26th February. This is the most important meeting in the running of the Club each year and, in addition to the updates concerning the different aspects of TCC as well as the appointment of Club Officers, it is an opportunity for all members to ask questions and provide comment and suggestions as to how we can improve TCC. I would encourage as many of you as possible to come along.
At this point I would like to mention that Rupert, after many years of excellent service to the Club, recently advised us that he will be resigning his secretarial duties at the AGM. I would like to thank him, on behalf of myself and everyone associated with the Club, for all of his dedicated hard work in this role. I’m pleased to say that Rupert will, however, be continuing as 1st Team scorer and so we will continue to have his cheerful presence alongside us through the 2019 season ! We are very fortunate indeed that Phil Knight has offered to step up to become our new Secretary and this will, of course, be an early proposal at the AGM.
I am not aware that any other Committee Members are looking to step down, but please let me know if this is the case. In a similar vein, if anybody is keen to stand for a position, then please advise me as soon as possible.
Pre-season nets are once again at Amesbury School and commence on 27th January from 11.30 – 1.00pm and will run until 21st April. The Club provides these vital practice sessions free of charge to encourage attendance. It’s also an excellent opportunity to watch Spotty and Buss bamboozle our finest batsmen with their ultra slow off spin !
Warm-up Games & Initial Fixtures
After last years very successful Practice matches we are once again going to play our friends and neighbours Frensham on the Saturday before the season starts (season commences 27/4) and this year we are looking to have 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams all playing against their counterparts with one game on the Green and two at Hollowdene. As per last year, there will be a few drinks and hopefully a barbecue at Frensham after the matches, so it should be a great start to the playing year. Please do, therefore, keep Easter Saturday (20/4) free to play if at all possible !
As I sit here writing, next years league fixtures appear to have been posted on the L’Anson website and it looks like a tough start against Grayshott for both the 1sts (A) and 2nds (H) on the 27th April and the 3rds starting away to Blackheath 3rds the following weekend.
We continue to work alongside the Tilford Institute to consider the possibility of construction of a new, purpose-built pavilion on the site formerly occupied by the (now removed) public toilet block. I am very grateful to Martin Cantwell and James Clements for representing the Club on the Institute’s working party. In the Autumn, Martin, James and I met representatives from the ECB and Surrey CCC to show them the site, discuss our plans and obtain guidance and feedback. We have subsequently received further input which will help to generate revised and more detailed plans which, if supported by relevant interested parties, should allow us to move towards a planning application. We will keep you posted as things progress.
Tilford Green took a battering over the Summer due to the extreme weather conditions combined with very high footfall. The outfield was, by the end of the season, in a very poor condition, despite Knotty’s usual Herculean efforts, with many bare patches and weeds strangling the weakened grass. It was therefore decided that we needed to reseed the whole of the outfield whilst also undertaking our normal extensive works to ‘put the square to bed’ for the Winter. The fruits of this additional work are now being seen, despite the efforts of a wayward joyrider, and we are also seeing if Tilford Parish Council might make a contribution towards these additional costs which will benefit everyone in the local community.