CHAIRMANS REPORT NOVEMBER 2011
The past 12 months have been eventful in many ways not least the extreme winter weather conditions we experienced in December/January; nature may have done us afavour as many sports grounds received some much needed frost heave or naturalaeration, as it is sometimes known.
The condition of the cricket grounds in
I would now like to review our activities over the last 12 months.
Training has once again been at the forefront of our work with a Part A course atWarrington CC in March and a Part B course at Toft CC in September. Both of these werewell attended and once again fully subsidised by the CCB. It was pleasing to see themajority of attendees being outside of the County league, perhaps indicating that this is where the hard work is really done!! Our thanks go to the host clubs for their efforts inaccommodating these courses at busy times of their season.
An open meeting was organised in the early
part of the year at The Groves CC
However on a more positive note a seminar
“Groundsmanship for the smaller club” was held at Hawk Green CC & organised
by the D&C league. Paul Agar & I held a very lively Q&A session
attended by 20-25 people on a range of topics related to the maintenance of cricket squares & outfields. We also held
a similar evening event for members of theCheshire
Once again this year we have tried to obtain some discounted deals on the supply of loam but it seems only Surrey Loam are willing to come on board. This is a work in progress stillbut we would urge all members to try & get the best deals from their suppliers. The way forward on this is to form user groups around the county & try to get a large bulk order for say 6 or 8 clubs & try to drive the cost down that way.
The collection of subs has been greatly
eased as clubs now pay this through their clublevy to their leagues & these
are forwarded in bulk to our treasurer but we do need members to keep us u-t-d
with their contact details especially e-mail addresses. Under thisarrangement
the club is now a member of the
We are hoping next spring to organise a one day seminar PQS; assess your own square.
This is aimed directly at those clubs which
have had a PQS assessment in the last coupleof years. It is intended as a
direct follow up to support the recommendations of the originalreports and
allow those groundsmen to monitor the progress of their square against thegiven
set of standards. having said that it will be open to all clubs who think they
will benefit. It will be run by Martin Ford (Fine Turf manager ECB) & Len
Smith (former Glamorgan
The proposed trip to Old Trafford cricket ground was well received by our members butdue to access problems in the autumn this has been re-arranged for early spring tocoincide with the start of pre-season works on cricket grounds around the county
Finally we are well provided for in terms of machinery available for clubs to use but we feelthat another scarifier (probably a Sisis 600 or similar) would be beneficial. The auto seedergets very little use & can be sold for a small loss & together with our own funds we shouldbe able to purchase a decent second hand machine. In this way we are putting your subs to good use!! The aerators are being used already which is a very good indication that oureducation programme is slowly having an effect
To conclude I must thank my fellow committee members for their continued diligence & support. If any other member would like to make a contribution we would be pleased towelcome them on board!! Our thanks also go to the 4C's & CCB for their continued support both financially & administratively.
Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosperous New Year to you all!!