Coronavirus Update

5th June 2020

We thought it would be a good time to update you regarding the club and cricket in general. We hope that all of our members and supporters are safe and well and making what they can of these difficult times. With the drop in infection numbers, it does seem that we are now past the worst of the initial Coronavirus outbreak and there does appear to be some light at the end of the tunnel.  

From a financial point of view, the enforced closure of the club’s facilities has resulted in a drastically reduced revenue. A full diary of function bookings have had to be cancelled and currently our only regular income is from the HCC Monthly Draw.  At £5 per number per month we thank everyone who has joined so far, but we are always on the lookout for new members and if you feel able to join in, please let us know (more information on the HCC Monthly Draw is here).

We would also like to thank all of those members and players who have been able to pay their membership fees to support the club at this difficult time. The good news is that we are confident that we are covered in respect of all of our financial commitments in the short to medium term. We have been able to take advantage of the Government Business Rates grant and we have also secured funding from the Sport England Community Emergency Fund and from the Warburtons Community Fund. This enables us to continue to pay all of the bills that we cannot avoid such as utilities and insurances. 

We should now be well into the cricket season and with the excellent weather of late April and May, we would barely have missed a ball so far which is hugely frustrating.  We are entirely in the hands of the government and the ECB for any prospect for cricket being played and with the Lancashire League’s initial plan for a July start being no longer workable, we wait to see when or if we will be allowed to take to the field. However in a more positive development, we have worked hard to implement procedures which adhere to the recently announced strict ECB guidelines to allow players young and old to practice in the nets.  We will endeavour to keep all members updated regarding any further developments with regard to training or indeed play.

On a day to day basis, the club continues to function. Ian Cameron is cutting the grass and keeping the whole ground in fantastic condition so that we are ready for any play we may have this season.

We thank you for your support through these difficult and unprecedented times.  If anyone feels that they need support, the organisation Opening Up promotes positive mental health to clubs, players and coaches and they are offering a number of online resources to support people at this time.

In the meantime, stay safe and look after yourselves and we hope to be back open again soon.

16th May 2020

The committee is looking at the most recently published ECB guidelines (https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1668576/ecb-guidelines-for-the-use-of-outdoor-cricket-facilities-in-lockdown) regarding the safe use of our net facilities and will communicate with everyone shortly. Until proper plans are put in place and are communicated, the practice facilities at the club remain closed.

12th May 2020

We have received several enquiries about the possibility of resuming cricket practice in light of the updated guidance from the Government issued last night.

The guidance mentions exercise and sport but raises several detailed questions which need to be addressed. Until such time that the ECB issues updated guidance (which they have said that they hope to do later this week see this link: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1667951/ecb-update-on-the-recreational-game-12-may) the club and its facilities, including the outdoor nets, remain closed and should not be used until further notice.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope that there will be some positive news very soon.

HCC Girls Cricket

We are happy to announce the launch of our first ever HCC Girls Cricket Team.

Further updates will be issued as the 2020 season approaches.

Girls aged between 6 and 10 years old are very welcome to join us.

For more information please contact junior chairman Graeme Clarke or email us on info@haslingdencricketclub.co.uk

MCC to HCC bike ride – Day 3 Welcome Home

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 3 route
Leaving Stoke
Back home

MCC to HCC bike ride – Day 1

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!

Keep going all, only a few more miles to go…

Our fundraising site can be accessed here: www.gofundme.com/mcc2hcc

Day 1 route
at Lord’s ready to go
At Wembley
Safely at the hotel in Northampton

From the MCC to HCC

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 biking challenge.

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 Ramsbottom Traders.

Please support this fantastic fundraising effort by visiting our Go Fund Me page here: www.gofundme.com/mcc2hcc

All funds raised will go towards improving provision and facilities at the club. We are also planning to support the local community and make a donation to Rossendale Hospice.

The Riders are:

Steven Abraham, Graeme Clarke, Crystal Clayton, George Farrell, Andy Horrocks, Paul Mercer, Deborah Scott, Jeff Stanton and Dave Strachan.

Club Chairman Andrew Lord and Treasurer Mark Parsons will be manning the support vehicle.

We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors for their support.

Children’s Christmas Party 2018

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.

Junior Presentation Evening 2018

On Saturday 6th October 2018 we will be hosting our Junior Presentation Evening at HCC – the trophy presentations are planned to commence at 7.30pm.

The awards will include individual age group awards, team awards and is our opportunity to recognise all of the junior players who have represented Haslingden Cricket Club over the summer.

We will be holding our usual ‘Raffle’ as well as a ‘Bat Raffle’ on the evening to assist with our junior fundraising. We already have a number of generous donations / prizes lined up but could always do with more.

If anybody is able to donate any other suitable Raffle prizes from their employers, favourite restaurants or take-aways etc it would be very much appreciated – please contact Graeme Clarke.

An Information Leaflet providing details of the Winter Training Schedule and the 2019 Coaches will be available on the evening.

HCC Junior Family Fun Day

On Saturday 14th July, Haslingden Cricket Club will be hosting it’s annual summer fundraising ‘Family Fun Day’

Please come along and and get involved in the days activities. All welcome!!!

See the poster below for more details

Family fun day