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Chairman's update - 23 November 2022

Chairman's update - 23 November 2022

28 Nov 2022

Life is rarely dull when it comes to the social activities at our Club. Last Saturday saw the latest world renowned Prosecco Charity event organised by Jane Haves and her team. The charity to benefit this year was the Multiple Sclerosis Society and judging by the brilliant Martin Avery Photographs a good time was had by all.


The Christmas Festivities get underway with an appearance by Marty Craggs (ex Lindisfarne) and his Little Band. I have also just received notice from Mark Wright that the Children`s Party will be on Saturday December 17th – tickets go like hot cakes so take care not to miss out. Further details of these and other Festive Events will be published on the Website and the Twittersphere.


We received some excellent news lately that a grant application to the England and Wales Cricket Board has been successful and we will be in a position to purchase a new carpet for the Club House early in the New Year. We have also `saved` some money by changing our insurers so the Club`s Finances are in reasonable shape as we face up to the difficulties we are bound to encounter in 2023. Just to illustrate that point it was infuriating to learn that the sign at the gate to the Club had been vandalised over the weekend.


On the squash side Martin tells me that a moment of history took place when the Team won its first Northumberland Premier League game recently – ironically whilst Martin was on holiday in Cyprus. Membership remains buoyant and the court is being well used.


Cricket wise it was the North East Premier League Dinner last Friday. Keith Shaw`s contribution to the organisation of the League was properly recognised whilst it was great to see Joe Moore collect the Player of the Year Award for Division One. Phill Bell collected the Banks Salver so we did `alright on the night` By the way the Hill Presentation evening originally planned for 1 December will be re-arranged to an alternative date in the new year.


By the way Joe the Barber is temporarily operating out of the Home Dressing Room for all those looking for a Christmas Trim.


The six a side season got underway with a narrow win on Sunday evening against Cowgate, the Indoor Nets are booked to begin in mid February whilst we are talking to Humshaugh CC about playing our `home` games there in 2023. In other words there is lots going on even in the bleak midwinter as we build to what I hope will be a special year in 2023.


One final Charitable endeavour to inform you of is that First Team cricketer Phill Bell is going to undertake a 24 hour net session to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease. This will take place on December 28/29 at South Northumberland Indoor Cricket Centre and your support would be most welcome. Hopefully he will play straighter than he did on Sunday night!.


I will conclude there with a request for any feedback you may wish to offer on any aspect of the operation of the Club. The Club`s Strategic Development Plan for 2023 is in the pipeline and all contributions are gratefully received.


Best wishes to all.


Simon Lunn

BHCC Chairman

Mobile : 07791 683287

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