January News from the Secretary
Dear Player, Member, Parent or Supporter
A very Happy New Year. I guess like myself and my fellow Directors and members of the Club`s Management committee we are all glad to see the back of 2020
When I last wrote to you in March 2020, I noted
“An increase in the spread and number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and the number of people affected in the UK is continuing to rise as such 2020 may potentially prove to be one of the most difficult in the club’s long history
Even in my worse-case scenario none of us could have envisaged the catastrophic events that unfolded across the country and at the time of writing we are of course not out of the wood`s yet. That said however, we remain ever hopeful and feel confident that there is plenty to look forward to in 2021.
Annual General Meeting
The scheduled 2020 AGM was cancelled due to the escalating Coronavirus Pandemic. Our initial intention at this time is to incorporate information for the financial year ended 30/9/2019 & 30/9/2020 into an AGM to be held at Noon on Sunday 4th April 2021 at the club and this will incorporate the New Year Draw
We extend a warm welcome to the Lowerhouse Family to new professional Stephen Parry signed on a 2-year deal for the 2021 & 2022 seasons.
Stephen is a right-handed batsman and slow left arm bowler who recently announced his departure from first class cricket with Lancashire, a county he has served with distinction since his 2007 debut. He leaves as Lancashire`s all time leading T20 wicket taker.
Parry represented England in ODI & T20 on 7 occasions.
Due to COVID-19 his 2020 Lancashire Testimonial will carry over into 2021 and Lowerhouse will play a full part in helping Stephen with this plan, in return Stephen is very much looking forward to getting struck in and coaching the clubs promising youngsters
Club House Update
The club`s main income stream `the bar` remains closed under various Tier Restrictions and has done so since the effective end of the cricket season, that said we continue to receive some government support which helps to cover the club’s outgoings
Further details will be released once the work is completed however, we have taken the opportunity of an enforced closure and utilized Development Funds, Inheritance Income and a Government Bounce Back Loan to make repairs and improvements to our club house facility:
Ladies and Gents toilets have both been refurbished.
The Bar has been renovated and repainted and will provide a brand-new look and feel
The Internal ceiling and lighting have been replaced
The club has been redecorated
Additional works now to be completed include:
The entire roof covering the dance floor in the club is to be replaced, once completed the internal roof will then be replaced along with the lighting and then the final piece of the puzzle a new carpet can be laid.
All told once the work has been completed this will be an investment in the region of £42,000 however as custodians, we feel this will be money well spend to improve our main income stream and member experience for a number of years
We need your help
The club`s main income stream `the bar` remains closed under various Tier Restrictions and has done so since the effective end of the cricket season, theta said we continue to receive some government support which helps to cover the club’s outgoings
We anticipate the 2021 to go ahead as planned as such we have to start the process of looking to the 2021 season and planning our activities, to do so we need to start generating income.
The three sources open to us at this time are:
1. Membership & Subscriptions
2. The Lowerhouse Draw
3. The New Year Raffle
Membership & Subscriptions:
The club’s financial year commenced Thank you to our Members and parents that have already 1st October 2020 and subs / membership runs 1/10/20 to 30/9/2021 as such we are `open` for payment. A big thanks to all who have already paid in advance for 2021.
Membership `credit`s as reward for early payment are available to 31st March 2021.Anyone feeling flush can of course utilize the multi-year options where bar credit will be allocated in 2021 e.g.
A Member pays £50 for 2020/21 would then receive a £10 bar credit in April 2021
A Member paying 2 x £50 =£100 for 2020/21 & 2021/22 would receive a £20 bar credit in April but no credit in April 2022
Details of categories and how to pay are available at:
The Lowerhouse Draw
The Club`s Draw has been running for over 20 years and generated finance of over £100,000 for the club
It’s administered by Jez Hope with prizes drawn monthly for a £5 entry fee with prize money of £4000pa
To be part of the draw you set up either a standing order to sort code- or recurring DD payment via PayPal for further info
Visit www.lowerhousecc.com/draw/ for more info
The New Year Raffle
Every year the clubs New Year Raffle raises incredibly vital funds that we use towards the continues development of our junior section.
The funds allow us to bring in additional coaching resources to allow us to extend our activities across the range of age groups
I fully appreciate that selling to friends, family and work colleagues this year will be even more difficult than previous and prove more trying than it has ever been but please try as we must ensure our cricket activities are funded and ready to commence as soon as practicable
I enclose £25 worth, sell what you can and remember every penny is invested in our junior section and we are always immensely thankful for your support.
Myself Secretary Frank Entwistle 21 Parsonage Drive, Brierfield, Nelson BB9 5DX,
Chairman Stan Heaton 36 Lockyer Avenue, Burnley BB12 6DF or to Stan at nets once details are announced
The club continues to plan for a full 2021 season, we feel there is plenty to look forward to and we urge you to remain safe but positive.
That said we need your financial support
I place on record my thanks and the thanks of my fellow Directors to the Players and juniors of the club who despite a curtailed 2020 season provided us with some terrific performances
Our greatest asset and that of any club is its membership and we continue to thank you for your support
Frank Entwistle – Secretary