Kenilworth Town Council give the Club a Grant

Grant Awarded

 

At last week’s Meeting, Kenilworth Town Council and its Members most generously awarded the Club a Grant of £630 from local taxpayers’ funds to enable it to purchase a much needed replacement self propelled petrol rough cut mower  and a petrol strimmer in order to keep the Ground in the good condition we desire, that the Club had applied for.

The Club is most grateful to the Council for this.

The items will now be ordered and will arrive shortly.

Kenilworth Town Council said “In awarding this grant, the Town Council recognises the valuable contribution that Kenilworth Cricket Club make to community life in Kenilworth”.

Thank you, Councillors, for supporting the Club.

 

CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR

GEOFF GETS A SURPRISE!

 

The Club Chairman and ‘Mr. KCC’, Geoff Edmunds, received the Walter Whiteman Clubman of the Year award for 2019 at tonight’s AGM from the Club Secretary, Andy Smith, much to his surprise.

The Walter Whiteman Clubman of the Year award was introduced in 1984 – 36 years ago – by the General Management Committee (GMC) in memory of Club Stalwart, Walter Whiteman  who had recently died. The aim is to acknowledge those non playing members who have assisted the Club in the past year, but it did not exclude playing members. It was normal for the selection to be made by the GMC as the other awards tended to be made by the Selection Committee for the players but like many aspects this had changed over the years and it soon became the Chairman’s sole decision to award it.

Jack Parkinson was the first to be awarded it, whilst Geoff first received it in 1985, who at the time – 35 years ago – was already heavily involved with the groundwork and square preparation at the Club and had been for some years, whilst playing League cricket for Clubs in the Birmingham League and also Minor Counties cricket for Shropshire before he returning to play all his cricket here.

Usually, Geoff, never one for the limelight, decides who the recipient of the award will be ………. but this year the GMC turned tables on him, to his total surprise and took control of the award unbeknown to him and presented it to him, on behalf of the Club, instead of Geoff always awarding it to others.

Geoff is certainly “Mr. KCC” with everything that he does at the Club and all the many hats he wears and doing so many other roles around the Club to keep it functioning.

His commitment is remarkable.

He has also just been re-elected Club Chairman and embarks in that role for 27th. consecutive year.

WELL DONE and THANK YOU for everything you do, Geoff. Most deserved.

 

Image: A very surprised Geoff receives the Walter Whiteman Clubman of the Year award from the Hon. Secretary, on behalf of the Club and the GMC.

 

TWO NEW LIFE VICE PRESIDENTS (LIFE MEMBERS) APPOINTED

DUO AWARDED LIFE VICE PRESIDENT (LIFE MEMBER) STATUS

 

At the recent 2020 Annual General Meeting, the current Hon. Treasurer, Jonathan Cousins and the Hon. Secretary, Andy Smith were both appointed as a Life Vice President (Life Member) of the Club for their dedicated service to it.

They join only 7 other living Club Members to have been granted it, the highest accolade that the Club can gift.

Both joined the Club in 1989 and have been involved with the Club over the years, on both the playing side and off field activities. Both have been on the General Management Committee for many years.

Jonathan (aka ‘Jonty’) has been the Club’s Honorary Treasurer since 2002 and has, to date, produced the annual Club Accounts for the past 18 years, responsible for the Club finances, as well as being involved in many other aspects of the Club since joining the Club.

Likewise, Andy (aka ‘Plod’) has undertaken the Social Secretary, Membership Secretary, Press Officer roles on Committee and for the last 5  years he has been the Club’s Honorary Secretary.

 

Phoenix 100 Club

February’s draw Winner

 

The second draw of the decade was made on the 10th. February at the Club’s General Management Committee meeting for the Phoenix 100 Club and the £30 monthly prize. Plucked from the barrel was:

21 – Pete Ashley

CONGRATULATIONS.

Thank you to all those who support it.

The Chestnut Tree is no more

The reason why it went

 

Our lovely Chestnut Tree in “Ray’s Corner” has had to be felled this week and is no more. Great shame.

It had a 1 metre vertical split on both sides of its trunk and was seeping sap from those cracks.

A professional Tree Surgeon had strongly recommended its removal and advised that it would be dead within 3 years, in any case.

Below is a cross section image of the relevant part of the trunk showing the crack across its diameter to both the edges where the sap was leaking from. Very sad but happy memories.