Chairman's message 2013
Last year was an extremely difficult one for most cricket clubs around the Country with the weather playing a significant role in undermining the entire cricket season. After a dry winter and a predicted hose pipe ban the rain seemed to be non-stop throughout the summer creating havoc with both the senior and junior sides of the club. Many games were lost to the weather and junior training at the weekends was seriously disrupted.
Undoubtedly many clubs in the area were financially challenged by the lack of matches, however, due to prudent management of our finances by our treasurer and the hard work put in particularly by Vic Forshaw in managing the bar, our losses were kept to a manageable level. However, we would prefer not to have to face such a difficult season again.
Our grounds staff did a first rate job in getting out such good pitches under such difficult and challenging conditions. Our playing strips received excellent reports from umpires and the club once again won our category for the best kept ground. Last year Simon Gibbs also entered our second ground into the competition and this also did exceptionally well.
I am delighted to report that we have also made the last payment to the ECB on our interest free loan (taken out to finance the second ground) which means the club now has no outstanding debts.
At long last Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme (CASC) status was finally achieved in the latter part of last year. This was an important initiative to secure the long term future of the club. The finances of Local Authorities have been severely challenged by restrictions placed on them by Central Government. As a result of this several have removed discretionary rate relief from sports clubs without CASC status.
All said the future of the club looks to be reasonably healthy. Let us all hope that the weather is kinder to us in 2013 and we can all enjoy some good cricket.
Chris Leftwich, Chairman
Chairman's message 2012
Chairman's message 2012
Chairman's message 2009
During 2008 the club continued to grow both on and off the field of play. Due to the number of young players coming through from the colts section a decision was made to enter a third team into the Two Counties league on Saturdays and we also managed to put out a friendly side on occasions on Sunday. This was a remarkable achievement for the club and meant that we often put out five and occasionally six adult sides in a weekend. This is a testament to all the members past and present who have given selflessly of their time to help the club grow. Remarkably this has all happened in such a relatively short period of time (the pictures on the front of the handbook were taken little over twelve months apart). It was not that long ago when the club struggled to put out two sides on a day. In addition to this we were also able to put out a ladies side for the very first time in the ever improving Beaumont Seymour League.
However, we intend to continue to build on our success in 2009. This year promises to be another landmark season for the club. We are due to celebrate 25 years on the current site and also christen our second pitch. The club is going to hold a series of events over the May bank holiday to mark the occasion. Details of our celebrations will be sent out to members, put on the notice board and published on our web site. I would urge as many of you as possible to come along with your families and friends to support the club at this time.
In order to be able to achieve our objectives we are actively looking for sponsors. With two grounds fronting the main railway line to London there is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to advertise themselves to the thousands of commuters who use the line every day. If anyone knows of any potential sponsors please let the committee know and they will make every effort to follow up the lead. We have already secured some excellent sponsorship from Shepherd Neame but there is plenty of opportunity for more sponsors.
We are currently getting planning permission for the proposed improvements to the clubhouse. The committee are in active discussions with the ECCB and ECB regarding our plans and have good support from both organisations. In the meantime we are grateful to Boxtainers, who have generously supplied us with a large container for use as a changing facility for the second pitch. This will enable us to run games simultaneously when the situation demands.
It just leaves me to wish everyone a successful 2009.
Chris Leftwich - Chairman. Contact
Chairman's message 2008
2007 was another good season for Kelvedon & Feering Cricket Club.
I would like to thank on behalf of the club our external sponsors and Club Vice Presidents who have been very generous in supporting the Club and hope they will be able to continue to support us.
All of our colts teams performed as we have come to expect by either winning, or coming second in every league in which they took part. Our u15 team also managed to make the semi-finals of the Peter Coe cup (a county competition). The adult sides also did us proud by gaining promotion to the 2nd division of the Two Counties League and doing reasonably well in all the other leagues.
However, what marked out 2007 as a special year was the acquisition of the field on the other side of Rye Mill Lane. Since August last year work has progressed steadily to turn a disused field into a second pitch. We are now beginning to see the positive results of all that hard work and hopefully we will at least be able to use the outfield for training later this season, the square will be ready for use next season. Many thanks to all of you who have provided extra pairs of hands to help with the project so far.
All this has not come cheap and as a club we are seriously stretching our finances in order to be able to take this expansion on board. In an attempt to ensure our books are balanced we have launched a '100' Club Lottery - there are still a few numbers left if anyone wishes to join (further details on page ). We are also looking at ways in which we can attract further sponsorship to the club.
There are other ways of raising funds that we would like to explore, for example we would like to sell teas, coffees, soft drinks and sweets at colts training and on colts match evenings. However to do this we need parents to volunteer to help as existing committee members are already giving up a lot of time to ensure all the other necessary things are done to ensure the smooth running of the club. If you feel you are able to help with this please come forward and let us know. Your help will be much appreciated.
We also plan to raise extra funds throughout the coming season and also have a good time in the process. We have a good social calendar organised and I would urge you to support as many of the events as possible (see the back page of the Handbook).
Finally, I would like to wish everyone at the club a very successful and enjoyable season.
Chris Leftwich - Chairman. Contact