Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club
October 2017

Building our Future Update

Following Maidstone Borough Council’s planning committee decision to approve our application, planning permission was granted on August 25 with 12 conditions. These conditions largely relate to the siting and design of the properties and environmental, ecological and bio-diversity issues.

On this basis, the Club’s general committee has agreed to progress with marketing of the land with a view to completing its sale soon after the Club’s annual general meeting on January 24. At that meeting we will seek members’ endorsement of the sale, as required under the terms of the Trust in which the land is held, and a proposal for investment of sale funds in line with the Club’s agreed Development Plan priorities.

As expected, the potential sale has already attracted some interest. However, in order to ensure full transparency and establish a clear market value for the plot, we are today placing particulars of the property on the open market. We are grateful to one of the Club’s lead sponsors, Radfords Estate Agents, for agreeing to handle the marketing and providing their considerable local expertise in such matters to the Club, at a much discounted rate on their services for marketing commercial land of this kind.

For Sale boards will shortly be erected on the land and the marketing particulars will be available to view on Radfords’ website. The delay in gaining planning permission has worked in our favour and, although the overall market is less buoyant than at the start of the year, the market for high quality semi detached properties, on which the sale price of the land with planning permission will largely be determined, is faring better. The land is, therefore, being marketed with a price guide of £300,000.

This guide price is slightly ahead of our expectations at the outset of the project. At the same time, we are also advancing discussions with ECB, LTA and other funding bodies prepared to contribute further funds on a matched basis to develop key aspects of our sporting and income-generating facilities. This is an important part of maximising the investment return from this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for the Club to deliver much needed improvements and generate the membership and income growth that will help ensure our long-term financial viability.

We will continue to update you on progress.

Junior Cricket Awards Evening

This years junior presentation evening will be held in the 11th October from 6:45pm. Teamer invites have been sent out for attendance at this year’s awards. Acceptances have been coming in thick and fast. Can those yet to do so please respond as soon as possible so we can gauge numbers. Food will be available through the evening – a special occasional treat of sausage & chips or burger & chips at £3 payable on the night. The bar will be open from 6.30pm to approximately 9.00pm for adults.

Cricket Round Up

Another hugely successful cricket season has come to an end. The 1st XI have done us proud once more and won the Premier Division on the Kent Regional League. This victory means we can all look forward to seeing Kent League cricket being played in the village! Congratulations to Tom Davey and his team for this brilliant achievement.

The 2nd XI also had a good season and finshed in 3rd place in their first year in division 1B Cental. They will be looking to build upon this impressive finish next year.

The successes don't stop there with the Sunday Village league XI winning division 3 ofthe KVCL!

Autumn Tennis Programme

HotShotz Tennis will be running a half-term tennis camp for all ages and all abilities. From 9.00am to 1.00pm each day between October 24 and 26. Fees are £25 per day or £60 for all 3 days. Call Jack Lusher on 07946 795277 or email info@hotshotztennis.co.uk for more information

The Autumn junior coacing timetable has also now been pulished on our website. with sessions being held for ages from 3+. Adult pay and play has been moved to Wednesdays 19:30 to 21:00 and with no need to book you are encouraged to turn up and pay £10 and play.

Volunteering

As agreed at the AGM in January, individual playing and family member subscriptions will increase in 2018 for the first time in over ten years. However, members can retain subscription rates in line with current levels (and get discounts on match fees) if, by 31st December, they are:
1. paying their subscription by monthly or annual direct debit;
2. members of the 100 Club;
3. contributing time to the effective running of the Club.

A campaign to encourage ALL members to sign up for direct debit and 100 Club by December 31st will be launched in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we have launched a new page on the Club website setting out details of over 50 volunteer roles we seek to fill over time. The aim is to improve the running of the Club, and grow the quality and quantity of our activities, while enabling members to meet the time contribution condition through harnessing the professional expertise or personal experience they already have.

Most of the roles are not new and many currently fall within Club officers’ areas of responsibility. So appropriate guidance and support is readily available. The roles are designed to be flexible, self-driven, and typically represent a commitment of 1-2 hours per month. For each role there is a short description of responsibilities and relevant skills and competences.

Please take a look at the webpage for details and to get more information on signing up here.

Halloween Party - 27th October

From ghoolies and ghosties, long-leggety beasties, and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us.

On the other hand, why not celebrate the season of the macabre and undead – and that’s just the 2nd XI – at the Club’s Halloween extravaganza. Drinking, dancing and maybe a bobbing apple or two, (more) horrific dress is a must.

Join us from 7.00pm until late and enjoy a complimentary Witches’ Brew on arrival. Prizes for best, most original and scary fancy dress.

Just turn up and pay £5 over the bar. Children welcome early….so long as they can be eaten later.

 

Dates For Your Diary

October 11th: Junior Cricket Awards Evening
October 14th: Club Dinner
October 26th: Quiz Night
October 27th: Halloween Party

100 Club Winners - July

£120: C Breed
£50: L Jenkins
£30: A Henson

100 Club Winners - August

£120: A Horton
£50: J Thomson
£30: J Wilson

100 Club Winners - September

£120: G Hicks
£50: N & T Jordan
£30: M Savage

If you think you see too many familiar names appearing regularly then, remember, you have to be in it to win it. For only £5 per month you have a 50/50 chance of winning at least one prize each year. An application to join can be found on the 100 Club page on the club website.

Purchase your personalised kit ready for the coming season from our club shop open now! Whites, training gear, hoodies, helmets and more all in stock. Click here for more details
Staplehurst Cricket & Tennis Club
Frittenden Road
Staplehurst
TN12 0DH
Tel: 01580 892503