In line with the Government’s roadmap to releasing lockdown, we would confirm that it is our plan to start training for the new season week commencing 29th March 2021. The Lancashire League season for the first and second XI’s start on Sunday 18th April and for the third XI on Sunday 11th April.
If the lockdown plan remains as currently planned, the club will reopen during the week commencing Monday 12th April.
Unless Covid 19 restrictions prevent travel, our professional for the season will be Grant Roelofsen from South Africa. More details about Grant are on the Senior News page.
As you will be aware from today’s announcements, Lancashire (including Rossendale) will be moving into Tier 4 lockdown regulations as from midnight tonight. This means that there is no realistic prospect of the club reopening for some time to come. We are unable to re-open the club until we move into Tier 1 as we do not satisfy the Tier 2 regulations on providing food and the likelihood of that move seems somewhat remote at the present time, so sadly we have to remain closed. Whilst we would prefer to be open, we are in a reasonable financial position and will be able to reopen as soon as that is feasible. Our hopes are firmly pinned upon the successful and fast roll out of the vaccines.
You will also be aware, that the Annual General Meeting is usually held in January. At this moment in time, there is no prospect of social distancing rules being relaxed before the Spring of 2021. On that basis, we have had to accept that holding the AGM in January will not be possible. We have considered a virtual meeting but have decided that that would not be appropriate and therefore the Committee feel that the only viable option is to postpone the meeting until the Spring, hopefully in March 2021. Whilst this is not ideal, not being able to accommodate an appropriate number of members is unacceptable and does not meet the precise terms of our constitution. We will send out the normal documentation and information as to the date of the re-arranged meeting when it can be confirmed.
On a positive note, the Lancashire League fixtures for season 2021 have been released and at the moment it seems that the season will proceed as normal although that remains to be seen.
The December monthly draw will take place tomorrow at 11am and will be live on Twitter as usual. It will revert to the last Saturday of the month in January. We send a very large thank you for your continued support with the monthly draw.
In the meantime we wish you a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 proves to be a much better year than 2020.
Sunday brought the last day of the bike ride. The weather was absolutely terrible. The Third XI game that had been rescheduled for early in the day was called off by 9am. The rain eased off slightly and it was hoped that we might get the HCC Legends v Ramsbottom Traders game on, but then the rain came down again and that was called off at 1pm.
This did not deter the HCC members and friends from coming to the club to welcome the very wet bike riders home. They arrived back at about 4.30pm having covered 224 miles over three days, and they all looked as fresh as daisies! But there were some very tired limbs.
Day 1 is now finished. 80 miles from Lord’s to Northampton via Wembley, St Albans and Milton Keynes have been completed. Here are some photo’s from the day, some very exhausted people on the last one at the hotel!
You may be aware that on this Friday the 26th July a group of junior
coaches and supporters from Haslingden Cricket Club are taking on a unique
They will be setting
off from Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and riding the 224 miles north back to
Haslingden Cricket Club.
They are travelling
over three days and will arrive back at Bentgate on Sunday 28th July
during the late afternoon to be welcomed by a cricket match being played
between an HCC Legends Team v The
Sunday 9th December, 3pm Start (club is open beforehand from 12pm)
I’m sure those of you who attended last year will confirm how good the annual children’s Christmas Party is which is run by the club’s Social Committee for our youngsters. The party is open to all junior members and their siblings who are in year 6 or below when they returned to school in September. If you would like your son / daughter to attend then please add their name as soon as is practically possible to the list on the main notice board in the cricket club and complete an envelope (available from behind the bar) at the same time as requested.
There is a cap on numbers so attendance is on a first come, first served basis.
There is a small charge of £5 for the party for members which includes a disco, party games, party tea and a fabulous present for all the good little boys and girls from Father Christmas who makes a special visit to the club just for the party.
Non members are also welcome to attend – please see the noticeboard in the club for information and associated costs.