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Out with the old, in with the new

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

The New Year has started off just as the last one ended – very busy.

With plans submitted for planning permission we play a waiting game for the decision which we hope is favourable and due at the end of February or beginning of March. This will give us one calendar month to get the building up in time for the big weekend.

Tenders were sent out to reputable companies and all bids to supply and erect the new pavilion have been received and scored. We are currently awaiting advice on the tenders from our main funding body (The Youth Opportunities Fund) and will notify the winning bidder in the next day or so and sign contracts.

Once the chosen supplier is notified, we’ll plough on with building regulation required for the building.

We are awaiting quotes in regards to utilities that we need to heat, light and provide water to the building and we are expecting these within one week. (Note to Treasurer – expect a hefty bill!)

Alongside all of this work, we are pulling together an itemised list of all materials we will need to complete the projects and will be discussing these requirements with Wolseley and other similar companies very shortly.

We are also bottoming out all of the individual projects and assigning what we need to achieve them in terms of people resources and working on a list of jobs (with types of skills needed) that would improve our club so that volunteers will have valuable jobs to keep them busy during the big weekend. The job specs will be advertised so that volunteers can come forward to offer their assistance.

We have the carpet in storage at the moment whilst we prepare the clubhouse for its fitting – ideally before NatWest CricketForce, although it may be after as there will be a lot of dirty feet gathering in the club over the weekend.

We recently met with Philip Nedley who works for the ECB’s “V” (Volunteers) Programme and he has arranged for Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets to come along on the Sunday of Cricket Force weekend to help out, which is fantastic.

Graeme Weekes (DCB) has also secured catering from local ASDA stores which again is brilliant as we are a hungry lot and the Durham Cricket Academy lads will be coming along too to offer their support – magic! The Salvation Army have expressed an interest to get involved and I’m hoping they will bring their brass band along to entertain the troops.

There’s a great buzz around the place at the moment, with people primed to get stuck in which is great. There is still an awful lot of work ahead but I’m confident with the continued support of all, we’ll get there – happy days!