Edenbridge Cricket Club News story


Club Newsletter - Important information about the pavilion project & other points

22 May 2018

Dear Member

Matt Cox Community Pavilion

The Club is pleased to advise that significant progress has been made with the pavilion project in the past few weeks, with breakthroughs on two major stumbling blocks.

You may remember from our update at the start of the year, and from the subsequent discussion at the AGM in March, that serious barriers were being encountered with the requirements for the foundations of the new building. This issue was adding considerable cost to the project, taking total build costs well over the expected budget. The Club was advised to invest in a soil survey, which we did, and the Club has subsequently taken the time to share the results with a range of experts in this field to seek their advice. Finally, with guidance from Sevenoaks District Council Building ControlOffice, a foundations system known as a ‘concrete raft’ has been deemed suitable for this project.This method is one that can be accommodated within the expected budget, which is very good news, so we are now proceeding to have this concrete raft method fully designed and specified for the building contractors.

In a further breakthrough, one building contractor has emerged as the leading contender. This is a local building company with a good reputation who have submitted a tender for the project which is very close to the budget approved by members at the EGM in September 2017.

The Club is now advancing through detailed discussions with this contractor to examine the specifications of their quotation in detail; to discuss contractual terms; to agree payment schedules; and to finalise timelines. The Club will take guidance and support from the ECB and Sport England through this process and it is hoped that these discussions will be completed at the beginning of June with agreements signed. We will then release the name of this firm to members.

Should all go to plan, the existing pavilion will be demolished at the end of this cricket season in September and a watertight, secure shell for the new pavilion will be in place before Christmas. The interior fit-out will continue into the New Year with the new pavilion, driveway and parking available for our use from Spring 2019.

Funding

To see this through to fruition the Club continues to need your help, your support and your money!

In order to achieve its target budget, the Club set a fundraising target for 2018 at £20,000. The year has started exceptionally well with over £10,000 already raised through a variety of activities including a curry night, golf day, coffee morning and Easter eggs. Not forgetting the mammoth efforts of Ian and Kirsty Watt, who completed the Gatwick half marathon; and seven club members, including junior coaches Gat and Mark, who ran the Paddock Wood half marathon in April.

If you are yet to donate this year, or wish to donate more, you can do so at any time by visiting the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattcox-1

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The Club prefers donations via the Just Giving page because, if you are a UK tax payer, the Club is able to claim the gift aid tax benefit on your donations. This benefit has contributed over £7,000 to our fund raising.

Nevertheless, if you are unable to, or prefer not to use Just Giving, you can hand donations to any member of the Club committee or team captains, and you can place donations into the bucket on the bar at the cricket pavilion in Blossoms Park.

The next fundraising event for this year is the annual Club Fun Day on Sunday 27th May; including a six-a-side cricket tournament, BBQ, Bar, Raffle, Tombola and live music in the evening. Please come along, enjoy the day, and give your support to the Club.

Future activities include the now annual cricket match against Sackville School, a Summer BBQ to coincide with the final ECB All Stars session, a comedy night, a quiz night and the East Grinstead 10km run in September.

Furthermore, the Club welcomes all ideas from all members for fundraising activities and events, so please contact the Fundraising committee through Tim Cox on coxytim@gmail.com.

The more money we can raise for the cause, the easier it will be for the Club to start the project on time and complete it to the standard that we all want. With your help, Edenbridge Cricket Club will become the envy of the local community and we can all enjoy playing and watching cricket from 2019 onwards with exceptional facilities in our beautiful setting at Blossoms Park.

Sponsorship

In recent years the Cricket Club has been fortunate to have the support of two headline local sponsors in Harwoods Land Rover and Foxwood Maclean estate agent. Unfortunately, for 2018, neither party is able to continue their sponsorship, which places a sizable gap in the ongoing finances of the Club.

Alongside this loss of income, the Club continues to direct all proceeds from fund raising activities into the Matt Cox Community Pavilion project, which means that the ongoing operational activities of the Club are bearing the brunt of the financial squeeze. In order to maintain all club activities at the standards we all enjoy, we need to raise more income. So how can you help?

If you are connected with a local business through employment, custom or friendship, please talk to them about sponsoring the Cricket Club. Many companies actively look for opportunities to support the local community and there are exceptional commercial benefits to be had. The Club has well over 100 playing members in the senior and junior sections as well as parents, grandparents, partners and siblings. Exposure to the local community in the support of a good cause is an unrivalled opportunity to raise brand profile and boost trading.

If the Club was able to raise a minimum of £2,500 from a combination of several small sponsorship packages, it would have a significant impact on the level and quality of services we can continue to offer to members.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities with the Club, please contact Jon Woodman onjonwoodman@paragonconsults.com or Dominic Jordan on dj@jordansportspartnerships.co.uk

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Subscriptions

Membership subscriptions for all senior members are now due. It helps the Club enormously if members pay subscriptions in full at the start of the season.

Subscriptions for 2018 are £90 for senior members; and £45 for those under 21 or full-time students.

For those that find it difficult to make a single payment, for the past two years the Club has allowed monthly payments by standing order. To date, only six senior members take advantage of this method. To take up this option, simply set up a standing order from your own Bank account to the Club account:

Edenbridge Cricket Club
Sort Code: 55 70 13
Account Number: 16169441 Amount: minimum £7.50 per month

Junior membership subscriptions are now aligned with the school year and become due in September. Junior members joining the Club midway through the year can pay their membership fees on a pro-rated basis, just talk to coach Gat.

Junior membership for 2017-18 is £110 including all winter and summer coaching sessions, and a Club shirt. Timely payment of outstanding junior subscriptions will also be extremely beneficial to Club finances.

Wishing all members and friends of the Club an enjoyable summer of cricket. With best regards,

Chris Martin Club Secretary