Bredon Cricket Club committee meeting minutes, August 2016

Bredon Cricket Club's weathervane
Way to go: Bredon Cricket Club’s August committee meeting heard about improvement plans

Here are the minutes from the August 2016 meeting of Bredon Cricket Club.

Main points: Site screen renovation/replacement, clubhouse improvements, social events, family fun day, end-of-season clean-up.

Bredon Cricket Club fun day 2016

junior cricketers in action
Our fun day on Sunday, September 4, will be a chance to say well done to our young players

With the end of the season approaching, Bredon Cricket Club is organising a fun day to thank all our young players (and their parents/carers) for their superb efforts this summer.

It will be held on Sunday, September 4, at Hill Close and the format will be as follows:

From 12.30pm: Kwik Cricket match for all under 9s (children who were in school years three and four). We will set up on the junior square and play a pairs match of 8/10/12 per side (the same format as our competition earlier in the season).

From 1pm: Barbecue with a free hot dog or burger for all junior club members.

From 2pm: Club match for all under 11s, under 12s and under 13s players. We are likely to play pairs of 10-a-side, but may need to play 12-a-side depending on the turnout.

The clubhouse bar will be open all afternoon during the fun day, and there will be a cash barbecue for all non-players.

All under 7s junior members are welcome to come along for a free hot dog and to play mini-cricket matches.

For parents/carers it will be an opportunity to relax, enjoy a drink in beautiful surroundings and swap summer holiday stories!

Please use the form below if you have any queries:

Success for Bredon Cricket Club’s golf day

golf day at tewkesbury park
Tewkesbury Park (without the daffodils) was the setting for Bredon Golf Club’s annual golf day. Picture: Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Bredon Cricket Club swapped bats for clubs for their annual golf day at Tewkesbury Park.

The course was immaculate in the sunshine as about 50 players took to the fairways on Friday, August 12.

The friendly competition was won by John Gregory’s team, thanks in large to an outstanding performance from his young son, Will.

Club chairman Neil Hall thanks all those who took part in the day, especially Gareth Allen, who organised it so well.

Corks will be popping at our Macmillan Ladies Day

bottle of prosecco for ladies day
Ladies day: Mark it in your diary, and bring a friend! Picture: Emilie

The Prosecco is on ice, and we’re counting down the days!

Bredon Cricket Club’s Ladies Day is on Saturday, October 1, and it is going to be a real treat.

As well as plenty of bubbly there will be tea, coffee and cakes.

It will be a chance to meet up with friends, and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The invitation is open to all women connected to the club, and their guests.

Ideally, we would like to welcome people who have never been to the club before so they can find out what a friendly bunch we are!

The occasion will also give us a chance to say thank you to the magnificent team of volunteers who have served up such highly regarded cricket teas for our players this season.

Our Hill Close clubhouse is open for Ladies Day between 11am and 2pm. Please bring a cake donation if you can.

Use the form below if you have any inquiries, or see Jennie Warren the next time you are at the club.



What they’re saying about us

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Beautiful setting and warm welcome. Praise for Bredon Cricket Club

Bredon Cricket Club continues to make friends across Worcestershire and beyond.

Time and again we are complimented on the quality of our ground, and the warmth of our welcome.

Here is a taste of some of the kinds words that have come our way this season. This is an extract from a letter to our chairman, Neil Hall, from Zain Sharif, of Kempsey Cricket Club.

Hi Neil

Just a short note to thank you and all at Bredon Cricket Club for your hospitality and friendly welcome at yesterday’s NVC match.

Appreciate that the result didn’t go your way (our standard batting collapse started much later than usual!) but we would like to extend our gratitude to all at the club that made the day enjoyable for us.

Yours is an enviable setting to which we aspire to – some day, somehow!

It is plainly evident that you have a core of ardent, enthusiastic and hard working volunteers in all areas of the club from the match track to the spotless changing rooms/ablution facilities. They are a credit to your management team.

Wishing you a successful season’s remainder.

Zain Sharif
Kempsey Cricket Club

Call in for a drink… and enjoy some of the best prices in the village

bar prices
Bargain! Enjoy some of the most competitive bar prices around at our clubhouse

We like to socialise as well as play cricket!

Our newly renovated clubhouse bar boasts one of the warmest welcomes in Bredon… as well as the keenest prices.

Specials include Peroni beer at £2 a bottle, and Prosecco at £3.80 a glass.

Spitfire beer is also currently on offer. Just £2 a bottle!

The clubhouse is open on Thursday evenings and Friday evenings during the summer, and from 4pm on matchdays.

Son catches dad, then dad catches son!

bob portch
Bob Portch: Caught by his son, Henry. But he then returned the favour!

Like father, like son!

There was no intention of revenge when Bob Portch, playing for Bredon Veterans, was caught by his son Henry.

Nevertheless, when it came it must have been sweet.

Bob, who had been battling at nine for the Veterans, said (only slightly begrudgingly): “He caught what was probably the bet shot I’d hit for six years!”

But he didn’t have long to wait before turning the tables.

When it was Henry’s turn to go in to bat, opening as a guest player for the Fossils, guess who caught him? His dad!

Henry, who at 17 years old substantially lowered the average age of the Worcester-based Fossils, had been roped in to play because the side were short of players for their friendly against Bredon Veterans.

One thing’s for sure. Neither he or his dad could be accused of going easy on the opposition!


You are invited to our 2016 end of season dinner

curry buffet
There will be a delicious curry buffet at our annual dinner. Picture: stu_spivack

Make sure you make a note in your diary of one of the biggest dates in the club’s calendar:  the end of season dinner.

It is being held at our Hill Close clubhouse at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 24, and promises to be a tremendous evening.

There will be a more informal format than previous years. The award-winning Rajshahi Indian restaurant in Tewkesbury is laying on a mouthwatering buffet curry.

Our bar, which has been offering a range of super-value drinks promotions all summer, will be open until late.

Musical entertainment is being arranged, and there will be the usual speeches and presentation of awards.

It will be a chance to chat with friends, look back on another memorable season, and dream of possible glories next year.

All this at the most picturesque venue in Bredon!

All members and guests are welcome. Tickets cost £15 are on sale from the bar or from treasurer Glenn Buckley on 07920 094688.




Join our end-of-season tidy-up at Hill Close

cricket covers and roller
Maintenance time. Our covers need repairs and litter has gathered in the coppice

We are proud of our beautiful ground at Hill Close, and want to keep it looking at its best.

That is why we are having an end-of-season tidy-up next month.

We will concentrate on the coppice at the eastern side of the ground. It is a lovely informal playground for the children, but litter gathers there over the course of the season and we would like to clear it.

The hedges around the ground will also be trimmed, and our covers and sightscreens repaired.

None of this will be possible without volunteers, so please lend a hand if you can. If you can bring along hedge-trimming gear and brushes that will be all the better.

We will lay on tea, coffee and bacon butties in the clubhouse.

The end-of-season tidy-up is on Saturday, September 24 (the end-of-season dinner is later the same day), and we meet at Hill Close at 9.30am.

Chris Washbourne is organising. Please use the form to let him know if you can attend.

Local press coverage for our Under 12s finalists

junior cricketers after shield final defeat
The Evesham Journal report of the Under 12s shield final

Bredon Under 12s’ progress to the Cotswold Hills League shield final was marked by coverage in the local press.

The Evesham Journal carried a large picture-story about the match against Alcester and Ragley, which was played at Evesham Cricket Club.

Unfortunately, the game ended in defeat for Bredon, but just reaching the final was testament to the hard work put in by the boys and their coach, Mark Notley, over the season.