I hope you are all safe and well during these strange and difficult times. 2020 for all of us has been a step into the unknown - from the first cases of Covid 12 months ago to the uncertainty of lockdown in March and now using cricketing terms, the 2nd innings of the virus.
As a committee we have faced up to the many challenges thrown at us - from the suspension of all cricket activities in March, not knowing if we would bowl a ball during the summer, to hastily preparing the club for cricket in July, and what cricket we saw, nail biting wins and high drama to the last ball of the season. a great effort from all the players and umpires adapting to the Covid measures. My thanks go to all the committee members for their support and work in ensuring the clubhouse became 'Covid secure' and that cricket was able take place in line with the required guidelines. From table service to signing in, there was plenty to do to become compliant… and it was also a good opportunity to give the entire building a coat of paint!
As with all businesses we have suffered financially, experiencing a significant drop in income. Although this has impacted our financial plans, having the clubhouse closed for periods has saved some utility costs which have helped manage the situation and minimise losses to the club. My thanks go to everybody who has supported us during 2020, from memberships, donations, using the bar, supporting the 100 club to listening to the podcast. Robin and Reece alone raised over £4,000 through their ramblings - a monumental effort I am sure you will agree - which finished off with the awards show in November.
As we move into 2021 we are already well into our planning for the resumption of Cricket in April. In addition to Saturday League cricket and the youth competitions we also have a challenging pre-season confirmed and an enhanced set of fixtures for the Ladies, Sunday and Midweek teams. Let’s hope the weather gods are on our side and we can hit the ground running after Easter.
Out of the doom and gloom of 2020 we are delighted to announce that we have agreed new sponsorship deals with Hooke Highways Traffic Management and John Wainwright & Co Ltd. You will see their new signage on the clubhouse and around the club.
Hooke Highways are the new main sponsor of the club and we are looking forward to wearing the new 2021 shirt. Replica shirts will soon be available to order from the online store along with a new range of leisure wear.
John Wainwright and Co Ltd are the new Sightscreen sponsor of the club.
My thanks go to Jamie Smart and Lee Seviour of Hooke Highways and John Wainwright & Co Ltd for their vital support of Frome Cricket Club, not only financially but also in helping with services and materials for events like the cinema and maintenance. We will hopefully be able to do a full press and photo release as and when regulations allow.
Thank you all once again for your support in 2020 and may I wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year. Look after yourselves and your families and rest assured, we will be back and ready to go in 2021.
Frome Cricket Club