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Fingers crossed for some sun

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

Walking around Calne, you can’t escape NatWest CricketForce.

Flyers and posters advertising the event are everywhere, the local press have covered the build up to the event and the recruitment of volunteers has also gone well.

We waited at our junior signing on sessions at Calne Leisure Centre for volunteers with trepidation. We need not have panicked with over 50 people signing up (get their names in writing then they are committed!) and many more saying they will be around at some stage to help over the weekend.

Following our meeting with ECB's Dave Leighton on March 16 we’ve been putting the finishing touches to the weekend such as organising the working parties to carry out the projects and cementing the running order for the day.

At the meeting, it appeared that everything had been organised and was in place for the weekend.

The events organised by the club committee and by businesses in the local area are great. The council has provided us with many events on the weekend such as kite flying and demonstrations from the local police.

Local supermarkets have provided food and drink for the workers, local build centres and businesses have provided equipment and materials for the day to complete our list of projects. It has showed how many people want to get involved and help us which is a real boost.

Regarding the Junior Cricket festival on Friday, it’s all systems go. The response from our local school has shown that the children can’t wait to take part and set some records. The children will make history by taking the first wicket or hitting the first four at the new ground. We are all looking forward to a day where the emphasis is definitely on having fun.

The other main event on Friday is our cricket dinner when we will be welcoming David Graveney OBE as our guest speaker.

During the night, there will be many fundraising activities including an auction where prizes include a signed shirt by all of the Gloucestershire players. We have had a great response for the dinner with many adults buying their tickets over the past month. Along with the junior cricket festival, the dinner looks certain to kick start what is going to be a great day for Calne Cricket Club and the rest of the community.

On Saturday, we will also be welcoming Caroline Atkins and Anya Shrubsole from the World Cup winning women's team, Chris Taylor and Tom Stayt from Gloucestershire and Liam Dawson and Chris Tremlett from Hampshire. This is very exciting for the whole community as we rarely get to meet county and international cricketers.

It seems unreal that the weekend it is only a couple of days away. All of the planning and organisation has been hard work but the response has shown that it will be worthwhile.

All we need now is for the weather to be sunny.