Harpenden Cricket Club News story

October update from Harpenden Cricket Club - including details of match fee non-payers.....

17 Oct 2022

Harpenden Cricket Club

October update

The dust may only just be settling on the season past, but plans are already well underway for 2023. Most notably, the Executive Committee recently approved a variety of investments, including:

  • New sightscreens at the St George’s ground
  • Improvements to the outfield and training facilities on the Common
  • New mowers for the pitches at Rothamsted
  • Mobile toilets for Rothamsted for junior matches
  • A budget for a dedicated coach for our women and girls squads
  • Club shirts for our youngest junior teams

And many other items too. We’re also mindful of building our reserves for future investment in the Pavilion. That may be a long way into the future, but it’s our duty to plan for tomorrow as well as today.

Potential 7th Team on a Saturday

We’ve had a brilliant sun-drenched summer, and such has been the demand for cricket that we are considering the possibility of a seventh team on a Saturday, perhaps participating in a friendly league. More to come on that as details emerge.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting, which is open to all members, will take place in the Pavilion at 7.30pm on Monday 28th November. We had a good and very well attended AGM last year, with plenty of interesting topics of conversation. We hope you will come and take part in the running of your Club at the end of November. The bar will be open.

Bat for a Chance 

It’s our intention later this year to support the charity Bat for a Chance, which collects and donates good quality but no longer required cricket kit to underprivileged children. We’re focusing on cricket bats and gloves that your kids may have loved but no longer want or need, and aim to hold a collection at the Club before Christmas. More to come on that.

Pakistan Relief Fund

It was wonderful to watch the England team playing in Pakistan after such a long gap, but of course that country is enduring horrendous times with flooding. The Club was happy to at least make some form of contribution to the Pakistan Relief Fund, and £240 was donated. We all hope better times come to Pakistan very soon, and we look forward to the Test series between our two countries in December.

St Albans and District Food Bank

Many of you will know that Simon Caunce, our chair, was great friends with the legend Shane Warne. We have three Harpenden cricket shirts signed by Warnie which Simon is donating to raise funds for the St Albans and District foodbank. The fact that so many people in our largely affluent area are needing to use foodbanks is tragic, so let’s do something to help.

You can now buy one of these shirts, with the proceeds going to the foodbank. All you have to do is make your bid to our Treasurer David Washington (treasurer@harpendencc.co.uk). The minimum bid must be at least £100. The three highest bidders will win the shirts. Bids must be received by Tuesday 1st November

Match Fees

It’s a real pain this one. Some of you still haven’t paid your match fees despite several reminders. Please do so today if this is you. You’ll have read that we’re making several investments in the Club. These are jeopardised if people fail to pay what they owe. Please don’t be that person, as the vast, vast majority pay on time, week in, week out.

PS – We’re lucky to have an extremely capable and competent Treasurer (a rarity in this country at the moment dare I say). He tells me today that despite several reminders there are still a number of very regular players who haven’t paid what they owe, which in my opinion is really shabby behaviour.


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Best wishes

David Josephs (on behalf of the Executive Committee)