SAD NEWS – Death of CCC President Gareth Davies


All members and friends of Christleton CC have been deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of our esteemed club President, Mr Gareth Davies.

Gareth was a staunch and proud South Walian, always hugely proud of the culture of his native roots: family, language, chapel and rugby. A teacher by profession, Gareth commanded respect, demanding the highest of standards. Many times over the years, various club members have been asked, ‘Is that Mr Davies?’ a confirmation prompting the visiting former pupil to provide recollections of Gareth in his pomp, such stories being told with real warmth and gratitude.

At our club, he leaves a legacy of over 50 years of committed involvement. Older members remember him as a doughty opening batsman plying his trade on the old ground. Many more will remember him as our club umpire, with a spare mint in his pocket at square leg and telling players in every game, ‘That’s 17 overs in the first hour gentlemen- well done.’ Sometimes there were more than 17 overs to Gareth’s delight, but disapproving looks followed if you were slow. Games ran smoothly.

More recently, Gareth has filled the roles of club Chairman and club President with skill and commitment, both for over 10 years. He was honoured to be ‘Mr President’ but really the honour was ours. Gareth was a true one club man, and his thoughts were never far from the club.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Gareth’s sons Owain and Huw, and to their wider families. All at Christleton have benefitted in many ways from Gareth’s contribution to our club and he will be remembered with the greatest affection.

 

Hospitality available from 16th April 2021

The Club is pleased to announce that we will now be offering seated outdoor hospitality when football and cricket matches are scheduled from 16th April 2021. This of course is conditional on strict Governments guidelines and although seated hospitality is available, no casual spectators are permitted to watch football or cricket matches at Little heath until at least 17th May 2021.

Hospitality – what you need to know

  • Do not attend Christleton Sports Club if you or any member of your immediate household/support bubble are showing symptoms of  COVID-19.
  • Max table occupancy is 6.
  • Max covers 50.
  • You MUST check in with NHS Test and Trace using the QR code made available. A manual Test & Trace record will be available for those who cannot use the NHS app.
  • Table service only.
  • Card payment is preferred.
  • No movement of tables permitted.
  • Toilets are available in the Clubhouse. Observe the one way system, where entry to the Club house is through the ‘players entrance’. 
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times when in the Clubhouse when using the toilet facilities.
  • Tables cannot be used solely for watching the sport, beverage purchase is required. 
  • No booking system is in place, so if a table is not available you will be given an estimated time when one is available then asked to leave the premises until such time.

Christleton Sports Club have completed a full risk assessment in operational readiness for Step 2 of the Government’s road map out of COVID-19 lockdown. The risk assessment is available here and hard copies available in the Clubhouse.

Current position regarding spectators at recreational cricket

Senior League cricket returns to Little Health on Saturday 17th April, however it is important to understand that in order to conform to current UK Government step 2 of their road map out of lockdown we must advise the no spectators will be able to attend any scheduled senior cricket fixtures until at least the 17th May. 

Only players, match officials and nominated club officials are permitted to be in attendance whilst the game is in play.

If you are a parent or carer of an U18 playing in a senior fixture then one parent or carer can attend for as long as is necessary to support the U18 under their care. Information prior to the commencement of junior cricket is to follow.

For the full ECB guidance for cricket during step 2 please refer to the ECB guidelines

Christleton Cricket Club thank you for your understanding of these guidelines. A further announcement regarding hospitality at the Club will be released on or before Friday 16th April.

Membership 2021

With the anticipated return to grassroots team sports from March 29th, we anticipate and are excited to believe there will be a full summer of cricket in 2021. As such we have published our subscription fees for 2021 with links to an electronic payment with Go Cardless.

Membership 2021

 

 

Summer Camps 2020 for boys and girls aged 7-13

Christleton Cricket Club are excited to announce that in partnership with the fantastic Jamie’s Cricket Academy we are offering 3-day cricket camps at Little Heath. The camps are for boys and girls aged 7-13 years of age and cater for those new to the sport and existing players. Read more here…Summer camps 2020

Chairman’s Enjoy Summer Safely (formerly Lockdown & Staying Alert) Newsletter -Week 12

GD 12 matches would have taken place on the iconic date of 4th July and we send the warmest of greetings to our readers in the USA.

This big news arrived from the ECB on Friday 3rd July at 19:01…

We are delighted that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England to return from Saturday July 11.
The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.
ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.
Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and published early next week. READ MORE ON PAGE 2…..

Lockdown newsletter week 12

Chairman’s Staying Alert Newsletter – Week 11

The halfway point of the season has arrived. There is still no match action to report as yet and no mention of cricket getting any more green lights in this week’s round up of things we can do again. The week has been a busy one on the administrative front with a swathe of new safeguarding policies being updated. Many thanks to Safe Hands welfare officer Nick Davis and to website administrator Pete Roberts. Christleton CC is committed to ensuring all children (i.e all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. You can read more about safeguarding on the club website here. Cricketing activities at the club continue to be at stage 3 with training taking place in maximum groups of 6. The cricket world hopes to move to stage 4 soon with an in-crease in the numbers deemed safe. This just needs the green light from HMG. Further news of current cricketing items of interest can be found on page 2 of the newsletter. Whatever you are doing at present, stay safe, look after those around you, keep moving and stay in touch. I will look forward to seeing many more of you on the ground before too long.

Newsletter week 11 in full…

Chairman’s Staying Alert Newsletter – Week 10

The summer solstice is upon us and we have a cornucopia of glorious evening light for cricket. The annoying problem here is that we still have no actual cricket. However, we do have full bookings for nets and training at both junior and senior levels. Well done to everyone who has organised this and to those who have been training. Appetite for the game seems keener than ever which is tremendously encouraging. Several votes of thanks go out this week to people whose actions are making such a positive contribution to the club. Christleton Parish Council have given us a 3 month rent holiday and we are very grateful to our parish councillors for offering such a warm and meaningful gesture in these far from normal times. Big thanks also to our friends at BK Electrical for sourcing and fitting a high-grade CCTV system for us. This system can see what you’ve got in your sandwiches. Or at least, the images it provides are crystal clear, and in view of our recent history, we’re very glad to have this extra security. Lastly, thanks to our village Police/PCSO service for working so strongly with us to try to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour in our area. Whatever you are doing at present, stay safe, look after those around you, keep moving and stay in touch. I will look forward to seeing many more of you on the ground before too long. News of current cricketing items of interest can be found on page 2 of the newsletter.

Week 10 Newsletter

Chairman’s Staying Alert Newsletter – Week 9

Game Day 9 of this (hopefully) unique season has arrived. We’re only 2 games away from the half-way point and by the time we reach that milestone we will be past the longest day of the year. People will be about to remark that ‘the nights are drawing in’ and we will not have seen a ball bowled. Of course team sport is about building character and it has been heartening to see such a positive response from our members and supporters. Far from being despondent, net bookings are high and everyone is in good spirits. Club officers are working their socks off at this time. Many thanks to Vice Chair Pete Roberts for his tireless hard work in getting practice up-and-running again. Junior coaching starts again next week albeit in a socially distanced way, and junior supremo Mark Inchley has worked into the night to try to balance the desire to play cricket with the strict ECB conditions for practising, such as ’one ball, one skin’. Safe Hands Nick Davis is on the scene making sure we consider welfare issues in everything we do. Vice-Presidents have responded to the club’s position of having hardly any income by starting to send their annual contribution. Mandy has the interior of the club looking as never before. And of course, our groundsmen have the place looking magnificent: what youngster isn’t going to want to run about out there after what they’ve been through in the last few weeks? So there’s a lot of good news: we just need HMG and ECB to turn on more green lights and we’ll be ready. Whatever you are doing stay safe, look after those around you, keep moving and stay in touch. I will look forward to seeing many more of you on the ground before too long. News of current cricketing items of interest can be found on page 2 of the newsletter.

Newsletter week 9

Chairman’s Staying Alert Newsletter – Week 8

Hands up all those who were wanting some rain because ‘the garden needs it’. Having had a few days of rain and wind, enough is enough, bring back the sunshine please. We have now reached what would have been Game Day 8, past a third of the way through the season and steaming on towards half-way. Fixtures this week would have seen us playing Wirral for the second successive week. Just as well we got on so well with those guys last year.. News of current cricketing items of interest can be found on page 2 of the newsletter. There’s more movement with regard to possibilities for practice. Also, I’ve included below the text of CCCL Chairman David Humpage’s letter to clubs so you are aware of the County league’s standpoint.

Read the full newsletter here which includes

  • Exiting June games from the vault
  • ECB updates including reviewed guidelines for safe practice
  • Clubhouse restoration project
  • Christleton CC wicketkeepers
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