Chairman's update - July

Chairman's update - July

By Nick Wake
26th July
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England are World Champions!

Summer is here…and England are World Cup winners.
Still sounds good doesn’t it? On an amazing day of sport (there was a tasty men’s Wimbledon final and a pretty good Grand Prix on too), it was the most dramatic game of cricket ever to have taken place that dominated the headlines. For me, I was not only taken by the drama, but by the coolness under pressure, dignity, sportsmanship, redemption and the incredible talent shown by all the players. As has already been said numerous times – the game of cricket was the real winner. Let’s hope it inspires more kids to want to play our great game – George, Vicky, Lizzie and the whole of the junior section are ready for them!
Meanwhile at TPCC…as we approach the final third of the season, here’s how things are shaping up for our senior teams:
• The ones have been struggling for runs and could do with winning a toss or two. Will they come strong in the final stretch and banish the possibility of relegation?
• The twos have been the pick of the four adult sides and currently sit comfortably in sixth position.
• The threes have been scoring a ton of runs of late (run machine Kempo leading the way) and have dragged themselves up to seventh place.
• The fours are rooted firmly to the bottom of the league and, despite some brave performances and indomitable spirit, will need a mighty effort in the final weeks to avoid a return to division 8.
Despite the tough going, team spirit remains strong throughout the club and I’ve no doubt there are plenty of great performances still to come. Let’s dig in!
Thanks to all the captains for getting in the match reports and to Wheels for his great efforts in sharing them on the website.

Talking of Wheels - the Piranhas season is nearly over with the final two games being played next week. The season has been a success both on and off the field with relationships built with local clubs. The most pleasing aspect has been seeing club members from different teams enjoying playing cricket together for the first time. Planning for 2020 has already started.

Women and Girls’ Cricket
Our new T20 women’s team, captained by Lottie Woodall, had their first outing this month with a win over Cublington. A big thank you goes to Sarah Woodall for all her hard work in getting the team together.
This season we have five girls playing county age group or senior county cricket. Natalie Gurnett and Hannah Davis are both involved with Buckinghamshire. Sophia Miles and Olivia Taplin play in the U15 Hertfordshire team. Gemma Marriott is in the Middlesex women’s 2nd XI and plays regional cricket with Surrey Stars

Junior Section
It’s been another fantastic season for the junior section. The cricket world cup has helped membership late into the season with numerous enquiries still being made about junior training. We have introduced a pay and play offer of £10 per session for those wishing to train over the summer holidays. New members are always welcome. Whilst all teams have done well this season in their leagues, 3 teams made it through to the quarter finals. The U15a team, U11 11-a-side team and U11 8-a-side team. Although they didn’t make it through to finals day, all 3 games were incredibly close. Well done all involved with these teams.

Management Team changes and a new Honorary Vice President
The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to a small band of merry men and women who do what they can, with their time and expertise, to operate the club behind the scenes. The trick is to share the load and I’m delighted to advise on the following:
• Matt Bowyer has taken over the reins from Gordon Dutch as Director of Cricket. A massive thank you to Dutchy for all his effort over the past 3 years.
• Duncan Marriott has stepped into the role of Vice Chairman – thank you Duncan!
• Charlotte Newman has taken on the role of Welfare Officer. Welcome and thank you Charlotte!
We’re still on the hunt for a couple more willing helpers for events/fundraising and club secretary.
I’m also delighted to report that Management Team has awarded David Sidwell an Honorary Vice President. This is the highest award the club can bestow on an individual in recognition of many years of great service. ‘Sid’ as he is known to all, joined TPCC in 1992. A significant early contribution to the health of the club was the setting up of the Ilex Trust, together with Simon Shearman, do drive coaching in schools. This initiative catapulted our Junior section from around 60 to 260 kids. Over the years Sid has captained various sides, in 2013 became Secretary and in 2018 added Treasurer to his CV. Over the past couple of years Sid has worked tirelessly – on average around a couple of days a week – to put the club back on a firm financial footing. I'm sure everyone will want to join me in celebrating this recognition.

Venue Hire
Optimising usage of our asset is an important part of the financial stability equation. Over recent months we have invested a small sum in pay per click and Facebook advertising to raise the profile of the club as venue for hire. We were also delighted to host a recent breakfast gathering of Tring Business Mart, when 40+ members of the local business community got to see what we can offer by way of meeting and function space. Many thanks to Adam for some sterling work on the breakfast at this event.

Members Lunches
Our first Ladies Lunch on June 22nd was a massive success with over 50 ladies in attendance. Thanks to Nikki Pistak, Jeannie Kempster and Claudia for all their efforts in putting on this event. The balcony has never looked so lovely on a late Saturday afternoon.
July 20th saw just under 40 for an Ex Players and Social Members lunch. Again a super occasion among old friends with many of the same old stories! Thanks to Ian Lewington for being the driving force on this one.
Next up is Aug 10th is the date for our Vice Presidents and Social Members lunch. If you’d like to come along, please sign up on the notices in the pavilion.

End of Season Dinner Dance and Awards – Sat September 14th
We’ve love to celebrate the end of the season in style by getting on the glad rags and coming together in the marquee in front of the pavilion for a great evening of fine food, company and entertainment….however it’s not clear whether there is sufficient demand for this kind of event, this year. If it’s to go ahead as planned we need to know numbers over the next few weeks. If you intend to come (please do!), please sign up in the club house or simply buy your tickets online via the website.
An alternative option is to do a less grand buffet supper in the clubhouse. If this is something you’d prefer to support please make your views known to Andy Grout and/or Claudia.

Lords Taverners v TPCC Chairman’s X1 – Wednesday September 18th
Details of the TPCC Chairman’s X1 to face the Lords Taverners for this final match of the season will be announced soon. The side will be captained by our club captain Benn Kempster. Discounted member tickets @£40 for a fine afternoon of marquee hospitality are available via the website here:

Rock the Park – Sunday September 22
There’s a great name for a music event! Thanks to the generosity and can do attitude of Dutchy, this rock extravaganza is being put on to raise funds (all profits) for The Hospice of St. Francis in memory of Twiggy (David Kempster) and The Jug (Toby Davidson). Schedule as follows:
4.00pm - Doors Open to Marquee
4.30pm - Paper, Scissors, Rock – Support featuring Gary Mosley (aka Erik The Light of Cross of Kyranos fame)
6.00pm - BOOF - Main Band (plus special guests) Steve Hawkins - Lead Vocals (with Chrome Molly), Gordon Dutch - Lead Guitar, Marc Stackhouse – Bass, Paul Bisiker – Drums
7.00pm - DJ Carl Stokes spins some tunes
9.00pm - Event closes
Sounds like great fun. Tickets in advance are just £7 or £20 for a family of four. Available here:

Enjoy the rest of the summer
Best wishes

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