Seasons Greetings from Cae Glas!

It’s been a funny old year. Pretty momentous in the history of the club, as at long last work has started on a major renovation/re-build of the pavilion at Gatacre. This has only been possible following a major effort to secure funding from Sport England, Wren and Oswestry Town Council off the back of being able to negotiate a 30 year lease, (with the option of a 30 year extension) from Shropshire Council for the playing fields and the pavilion.

This has been down to a tremendous amount of work by various members of the club, but in particular, special thanks to Christine Bowyer for her encouragement, expertise and boundless optimism, without which the whole project would have undoubtedly faltered, if not stalled altogether!

Thanks also to Gavin Porritt club member and partner with DPA Design of Salop Road, who did so much to kick start the project, and Janet Marsden, who has been our chief ‘Drum Banger’, for the project, networking with a host of potential users and groups gathering community support which has been a key factor in our success.

The hard work starts now, and with Carl Bathers overseeing the building project from the club perspective and at the same time securing a substantial donation of roofing materials from Hawke Construction, we are in safe and experienced hands from a building perspective!! (No pressure Carl)!!

A big thank you to Ben Hipkiss as well, who has managed to secure contributions of flooring materials, worktops and kitchen units from Kronospan and a potential local donor who can’t yet be named(!)  which has helped the funding to go that much further.

Unfortunately, we’ve had to park the storage extension for the time being, but we will be looking to raise funds for that phase in the New Year, so if any members………old, new, or current, feel like contributing to a lasting Cae Glas legacy, please get in touch…………all contributions gratefully received.

On the playing front, both Saturday sides were able to consolidate their positions in their respective divisions, although the survival of both sides was only confirmed on the last day of the season. We also wish a fond farewell to both skippers, Keith Yapp and Simon Woods who step down – Keith to rejoin the club he started his adult cricket career with over 40 years ago, Church Stretton, and Simon to start a new adventure in France. Both will be sorely missed, but go with our very best wishes.

On another sad note, November saw the death of one of our founder members, Brian ‘Rusty’ Roberts, and in attending his funeral in Telford on behalf of the club, it was a real pleasure to see some of the other founder members, Colin Perkins and JR Evans, who still live in Oswestry, Brian Richardson, who travelled from Caernarfon and Ron Griffiths who travelled down from Preston.

There certainly is a camaraderie around Cae Glas as a cricket club, demonstrated by the real affection all clearly still felt for the club, as did of course ‘Rusty’, who was a staunch supporter of all our social events through his donations.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas, and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year, and please keep your eye on the website and newsletters for news of progress on the pavilion developments.

Cheers

Andy Griffiths on behalf of the Committee.

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