All connected with Benwell Hill CC will have been saddened by the death of Molly, Kath and Geoff Chamber`s dog earlier this week. Molly was a lovely dog and will be much missed around the place.
The month of May has been exceptionally busy both on and off the field. Some much needed resurfacing work has been carried out on the Car Park and plans are afoot to provide some new white lines to help during busy times. We have to wait for 6 weeks before they can be drawn so in the meantime please take care when parking and be patient!
A new practice mat has been installed in the Artificial Nets as part of our programme of refurbishment for that facility and it is gratifying to see that they are being well used. The field has been looking fantastic of late and my thanks go to all concerned for their unstinting efforts.
My thanks and that of the Club are also due to Keith Whitfield who has provided us with a new Club Flag. This followed his trenchant observation that the existing flag was looking tatty. We have also located the NEPL 2nd X1 Championship flag which was temporarily lost so that will be flying when the Two`s are at home. The new flag will be flying to celebrate the Jubilee.
On the subject of the Jubilee the British Legion are holding a 40`s afternoon tea party on Friday afternoon from 1.00-5.00pm. Tickets are £3.00 and are available from behind the bar. The highlight of the day will be a tree planting at 1.30pm to mark the Jubilee and the Centenary of the Royal British Legion. Our President Tom Williamson will be digging himself into another hole to assist with the ceremony.
Within the Club House the bar remains busy whilst the wakes business is healthy – so to speak. Janice Mussett celebrated her first year of business on May 17 and continues to deliver an excellent service.
On the field after a positive start to the season our senior sides have been afflicted by an unprecedented attack of injury and unavailability. Consequently results have suffered but this should turn around soon or the Junior Muppets are going to be forced to dig out their whites (or creams as they used to be known). The defibrillator is on charge just in case....
To end on a more positive note I watched Northumberland Under 13`s playing against Durham Under 13`s last Thursday following Bill Watts` funeral. We had three boys playing - Ben Robinson, Rory Mustard and Aaron Armstrong and all made strong contributions against some giant cricketers from Durham. It will be fun to see how far they can go in the game.
Please do your best to support the Club in any way possible – every bit helps and many hands definitely make light work. On that front there is still time to sponsor a match ball – a snip at £25. Phil Nicholson does a sterling job coordinating this – his email is email@example.com.
Simon Lunn - BHCC Chairman