SECRETARY’S REPORT 2008

 

During the year we were very sad to hear of the death of Geof Parker, Anne Johnson, Cyril Skinner, Gordon Reid, Mike Mather, Ian Mather and Edward Turner. They will be sadly missed.

 

Geoff Parker was a loyal member, Captain, Chairman and President of SPCC and will be greatly missed.

 

On the field our first X1 missed out on promotion after getting into a favourable position only to slip up in the final weeks. The decision not to employ a professional last season ensured the club kept financially sound and did not deter from the enjoyment of our Saturday afternoons.

I will leave the detail of the season to the Chair and captains in their relevant reports.

 

A big thank you to Joe and Marilyn Patrick, who provide the excellent cricket teas and snacks on match days. I am please to say they have agreed to continue providing the service again in 2009.

 

Ted Williams who took the Junior Section over last season deserves a lot of credit for maintaining Sefton’s flourishing junior section over the year.

 

We are also grateful to Dave and Graham Smith who do an excellent job looking after the scoring and the scoreboard for the first X1. I am pleased to say that both Dave and Graham will continue in 2009.

 

Steve Briggs, faced with at times quite trying circumstances and equipment, has done a tremendous job with the quality of pitches on both grounds. Unfortunately the weather prevented us playing on a number of weekends.

Steve has handed over responsibilities for 2009 to Robert Jobson, who helped Steve last season. Steve will still be around as a consultant to help and support Robert.

 

The House Committee has worked hard to improve the club facilities with great success for members and guests visiting the club.

Projects have been underway since April 08. All areas of the club have been repainted and the function room bar refurbished together with new lighting in the Function room.

Many other items have been repaired or replaced so much so that if you stood still in the club during the winter months a paint brush would be placed in your hand!

 

Paul Foulder has decided to leave the Board because of pressure of work. Paul has led his committee from the front and never talked about what he was intending to do, he just got it done. The amount of time put in by Paul looking after your club is phenomenal. A big thank you must go to Marylyn for sharing so much of her husband’s time with us. Paul will still continue to work around the club without the hassle of Board Meetings Thank you Paul

 

Unfortunately Charlie took the decision to retire as Business Chair after managing the change over from Tetley’s to Hydes Brewery which has proved to be a great success in both the finances of the club and the quality of beer now served. Charlie will still sit on the subcommittees of House, Ground & Business.  I personally would like to thank Charlie for his continuing commitment to Sefton Park Cricket Club and his support to the various committees is vitally important. Charlie was made a Vice President of the Liverpool Cricket Competition at their AGM in January 2009. A great honour for Charlie and the club

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Bob Paisley and Geof Pollard have worked extremely hard to keep the club afloat and ensure a tight reign over the club’s budgets. This year we have survived because of the change of brewery. We now see our gross profit from the bar averaging at 60% which is over 10% on previous years. The tight budgets put in place by the subcommittees have helped the club face the challenges to survive.

 

The closure of Aigburth Peoples Hall in 2008 highlighted how difficult it is to manage a local sports or social club in the present day. We did however get twenty new members who were part of Aigburth’s Table Tennis Section. Excellent work by Eric Woods convinced the teams to play their games at SPCC and they now utilise the new pavilion on two or three nights per week and enjoy a drink in the club after the games.

 

We also have a darts league that play on a Tuesday evening and is excellently organised by Stuart Lomas.The cricket section and club members enjoy a night on the oche.

 

Tributes must be paid to a number of people who have helped to support the club through very difficult times. Many members who visit the club are unaware of the amount of work put in behind the scenes by voluntary labour.

 

Leo Martin, John Garnett, and Robert Jobson, who continue in offering their time to complete jobs inside and outside the club, You never have to ask these three gentlemen they volunteer themselves when a job needs doing. They also keep the Board under constant supervision and brighten up the clubhouse with their camaraderie and sense of humour. John has also been fantastic in selling the bonus ball to ensure we have a full board every Saturday, his selling techniques are very enthusiastic!

 

Charlie and Joan O’Mahony, in maintaining the garden and the front of the pavilion. Which always looks at their best?

 

Big thanks also to Mr & Mrs Sayle, Terry Riley, Tom Yates and Graham Williams for their support over the last twelve months.

 

Wilf Johnstone has continued to support the finances of the club by managing the 100 club. This support has been invaluable in the running of the club and I would like to thank Wilf for his involvement. I am sure he would welcome new members in 2009.

 

 

West Derby Hockey Club use the club after their games on a Saturday and has swelled the numbers early Saturday evening along with Quarry Bank Old Boys.

 

Finally, a big thank you to Dave Cunningham, Jan Kelly, Joe Patrick and Phyllis Andrews

for ensuring the club always looks welcoming to members and visitors.

Dave puts a lot more hours into the club than he is contracted to do in order to maintain our income in both bars.

We have received many compliments from visitors using the function room in praising Dave and his team on the excellent customer service they had received.

We are still facing some challenging times ahead and it is vital we get new members during the year so please sell the club and the function room to your friends and colleagues.

 

Here’s hoping we have better weather in 2009 to enjoy our cricket but also enjoy what is a magnificent club.

 

Tom Hughes

Hon Secretary

Feb 2009