Statement from Club Senior Officers
We are in unprecedented times and the club’s rules and regulations may have to be bypassed at times to deal with situations. For example, we are not currently holding committee meetings and aren’t holding an AGM this year. We feel that as we aren’t holding a traditional style AGM the traditional club official appointment process isn’t possible and the current committee can amend the process.
Holding a vote by email/WhatsApp/voting app isn’t covered by our constitution.
All of the Officials including the 4 cricket captains of last year are willing to stand again. We think this is fair and rewards them for the time and effort they gave, to get the Club through last year’s difficult situation and at present what continues to be a difficult situation.
The rules, regulations and raft of new playing conditions introduced last year due to COVID-19 were challenging in all aspects of the Club, however our Staff team and Captains handled the requirements perfectly, ensuring FCC members and visitors stayed safe. Therefore, their experience is needed for 2021 and continuity would make sense in all areas of leading the Club.
Obviously, we anticipate going back to our usual process next year onwards.
President: Kevin Threlfall
Chairman: Peter Jones
Vice Chairman: Mike Mandzuk
Hon Sec/Treasurer: Helen Williams
1st XI Captain: Chris Guest
2nd XI Captain: Danny Hussain
3rd XI Captain: Krishan Patel
4th XI Captain: Rupesh Patel
Welfare Officer: Roy Salter
Social Rep: Oliver Bull
Bowls Rep: Julie Gibbons
WBAC Rep: Colin Thompson
Non-voting: Colin Thompson (GM) / Rob Hatton (BM)
Memberships / subscriptions for 2021
No change to the current membership fees, these will remain as follows.
Adult membership (single): £5.00
Senior (couples): £5.00
Senior Adult Cricket player: £35.00
Junior Cricket player: £25.00
Cricket match levy to remain unchanged for 2021
A year to forget or a year to remember.
2020 will go down in history as a lost year for so many reasons. Indeed, many families lost loved ones through the dreadful COVID-19 disease.
In a remarkable year of stop and go we managed to play cricket for about half a season and takings behind the bar were also about half of the year before.
With grants and furlough support we somehow managed to keep the club and the grounds in excellent condition and indeed still made a small profit of £2,300 compared to the £2,700 profit of the year before. A full set of accounts will be on display when we can open the doors.
We also completed the refurbishment of the second meeting room which will hold us in good stead for additional income once the world gets back to normal.
Work has just started on the £30k redevelopment of the Bowls pavilion and we shall look forward to seeing the finished product.
Colin, Rob and the whole team were brilliant with handling all the different requirements throughout the year. Our control of the rules and regulations that were imposed on us through Covid restrictions were first class and we reacted quickly to the ever-changing situation. We had 250 new members join in 2020 taking the total to over 600, which is testament to FCC being a ‘favourable and popular place’
Helen was incredible at managing to find every conceivable grant that could be applied for and deserves special mention as does Oli Bull for all the work he has put in around the ground.
Our finances remain in good shape despite not knowing when the club will open again, but we remain cautiously optimistic for a phased return of activities from the Spring onwards.
On a sad note, Barry Bradshaw lost his battle for life and together with his family, we will miss him greatly. He was a larger-than-life character and one of the “Fordhouses Legends”.
My thanks as ever go out to all my fellow committee members for all their work and support through these difficult times and let’s hope for better things in 2021.
Since taking on the role of Chairman, my reports to Annual General Meetings have included a number of ‘key bullet’ points that allowed me to provide extra detail and substance. Unfortunately, in this bizarre year of uncertainty, frustration and lack of continuity that detail and substance is missing. I need to re-in force Kevin’s earlier comments that it is incredibly satisfying to reassure everyone, with an interest in the cricket club, that we remain stable and sustainable. Our financial viability has been achieved despite the stop-start environment that people have been forced to work through. We continue to rely very heavily on both Central and Local Government grants/loans, furlough schemes etc. These processes demand time and effort and in line with Wolverhampton’s sporting tradition the real strength at Fordhouses lies in the pack – a fantastic collective effort from our team.
There will be fresh challenges such as restructuring both youth cricket arrangements and grounds maintenance teams. When we re-open the doors Colin, Helen and Rob will face a major re-building of our site programme including bookings/functions, corporate usage, rental, sponsorship and membership recruitment. It is difficult to forecast what the cricket season will look like, but I am confident that once we get the ‘green light’ to recommence training and stage competitive matches some sort of normality will return. On a positive note, we have been extremely lucky to have secured the services of Rob Franklin (ex-Warwickshire ground staff) to help maintain and develop our cricket squares. He did a great job last season, and we look forward to his continued specialist turf management input. Alongside Rob, Glen Craven, Olly Bull and Colin have been instrumental in helping maintain our substantial grounds and undertake fencing improvements. Like the great club people that they are, Mark and Julie Cooper have resourced and helped prepare all the fencing materials required for the project.
During the pandemic the Club’s Website and social media networks have become fundamental to our communication system. Russell’s expertise as Website Co-ordinator has proved invaluable. Please use it, respect it and provide up-to-date information. I would urge all members to read and absorb the recently posted ‘Forward Planning 2021 Statement’ on the website. It ‘frames’ the challenges and necessary action required to maintain the sustainability factor. The content is particularly relevant as we move into the new calendar year. For example, more volunteers are needed with less reliance on the few, and/or paid work
Vote of Thanks
I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of KT, MM, HW, CT, RH, M/C members, staff team, and the Coopers.
Best wishes to everyone at FCC and good luck to all team captains, coaches, youth managers and parents for a successful season.
Peter G Jones
Cricket Section Review
Well, what can be said that hasn’t already
Bizarre year, however, taking the whole scenario into account it was great achievement at all levels to play some cricket, adapting to the new rules in a safe and secure environment, and hopefully helped people to have an enjoyable time whilst on ‘staycation’, including the FCC FPL.
As a Club we were able to continue the development of our juniors playing in the senior sides, some making their debut.
The atmosphere around the Club was great, having the additional bonus of being able to use all the Club’s facilities (due to functions not taking place). Income generation in a safe environment being of paramount importance during these times.
One particularly proud moment for the Club was on 1 September when Vikai made his debut for Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast. It goes without saying everyone wishes him well for his future.
General Manager Review
The year 2020 introduced many new challenging changes on how we needed to operate so this is a good opportunity to thank all of the staff for the way they dealt with ever changing challenges, new guidelines and new rules thrown at them to ensure we met all COVID-19 secure rules and regulations.
The same must be said for the clubs committee. Weekly zoom meetings were held in the lock down periods to ensure all bills were paid, all available grants were pursued and suppliers contacted to minimise our outgoings.
It is because of this behind-the-scenes efforts that the club maintains a positive outlook.
A special thanks goes out to our members for their loyal and continued support in these challenging times.
With no functions permissible the use of the function room was largely taken up by new members and their young families, along with a new football team using the club as a base to operate from.
We managed to get some cricket played in a reduced league format, this was a real bonus with cricket players being able to stop and enjoy the use of the club’s facilities, not normally available with the functions we host. The junior section also managed to arrange a number of friendlies for the varying age groups we run.
Our snooker, dominoes and bowls sections all suffered unable to compete due to the national restrictions.
Wolves & Bilston AC made good use of the facilities with Aldersley stadium being closed. Great to see such good numbers using the club as a base.
Finally, during the lockdown periods, I have been putting my time to good use helping out on the club grounds. This gave me a much greater insight as to what it takes to look after a near 10-acre site and the costs that go with it.
Jan and I look forward to the day we open back up.