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AGM fails to find replacements for important Committee Roles

By John Gale

Club still seeking volunteers for key positions

Despite a well attended AGM last night (22nd November), no-one came forward to fill four important Committee roles made vacant by the resignation of current incumbents.

After 21 years, Peter Greenwood stood down from his role as Club Secretary, while John Gale called a halt to his 17-year reign as Membership Secretary. Tom Abbott relinquished the role of Fixture Secretary, but continues as Club Treasurer.

Having presided over a very financially successful year as Bar Manager, Lauren Pottinger decided to leave the role after just one year.

In his Chairman's report, Steve Collier opened his address by quoting the Club's 'Aims and Objectives' which were 'To promote and foster the playing of cricket at all levels ...' and not as a 'social club inhabited by former golfers'.

He congratulated the 1st XI on a relatively successful season, which after a shaky start and unusually two tied matches, resulted in a creditable fourth spot in the final league table. He highlighted the contribution that Tom Smith had made during the season and hoped that he would be returning to the Club in 2019. He went on to commiserate with the 2nd XI who were relegated from the Wiltshire Division of WEPL, but congratulated the 3rd and 4th XIs who both finished in a creditable 6th place in their respective leagues.

He went on to congratulate the newly formed 'Events Committee' on a remarkably successful and fruitful year. He picked out a number of the Club's younger members who had assisted the events committee with the organisation and staging of the events and hoped that the good work would continue. He went on to pay tribute to the two long-serving committee members who were standing down.

In his detailed Treasurer's report to the meeting, Tom Abbott pointed out that the Club's two main revenue streams (Bar and Membership) were in peril with the loss of both responsible officers and no replacements. He pointed out that although the accounts revealed a small loss on the season, there was a healthy balance in the bank, and overall profits have allowed the Club to purchase over £10,000 worth of equipment which will improve conditions both on and off the field of play. He congratulated Commercial Manager (David Klewin) in securing a new Performance Partner for the Academy which will bring in much needed funds over the next three years.

Wearing his Fixture Secretary's hat, Tom pointed out that the role only required commitment to securing five or six friendly fixtures, but that there was some scope to improve the quality of Sunday cricket despite a drop off in support for the format.

James Carroll welcomed Roy Shillaker to the role of President. Roy opened his Presidential tenure remarking that in his 64 year association with the Club, the role of President was the first that he had been offered with the promise that he wouldn't have to do anything!

Existing Vice Presidents were re-elected, and minor rule changes proposed by the Committee were adopted.

Members elected to Committee roles were as follows:

ChairmanSteve CollierTreasurerTom Abbott
SecretaryvacantCommercial ManagerDavid Klewin
Membership SecretaryvacantFixture Secretaryvacant
Director of CricketRichard FoleyAcademy DirectorAndy Day
Bar ManagervacantWelfare OfficerJoanna Bishop
Ground ManagerPaul JacksonFacilities ManagerMarie Bush
Captain 1st XIvacantCaptain 2nd XINed Jones
Captain 3rd XIAndy DayCaptain 4th XIMatt Angell
Captain Sunday XIvacantTeam ManagerNed Jones

In view of the number of committee vacancies it will be necessary to seek volunteers for all the roles and to confirm their election at a Special General Meeting early in the new year. Anyone willing to fill any of the vacancies should make themselves known to the Chairman (Steve Collier) either by phone on 07786 941648 or by e-mail at ''

Updated 16:48 - 23 Nov 2018 by John Gale


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