We are into March now and no doubt your diaries are starting to fill up. The Committee have had their first meeting of the year and the new social secretary has begun to map out his plans for 2007.
The first event of the year will be our traditional pre-season opener, the Quiz Night. These have proven very popular over the years and are always well prepared by the organizers. More details will follow but please note that the Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 14th April at the Club. Teams of up to six can be formed. Please keep this date free.
Incidentally, the Cricket Club will be defending the golf shield at Bird Hills earlier in the day against the Oak and Saw pub. The gallant 12 of Taplow CC is being brought together by Mike Bradley as we speak. The last team sheet I saw (with declared handicap) looks like this:
…so we've still got a few places left. Let Mike Bradley know if you fancy a game, he tends to run a first come first served policy except if Footlight wants to play!
Throughout the winter the Swans have been playing football in the rain, wind and mud but the end is in sight. The Swans' Presentation Night will be held on 28th April. Tickets are on sale now and it's hoped plenty of the cricket section will be there to support them at the Club. To you cricketers: I suggest at least anyone available to play cricket that day might like to stay for the evening. Irresistible! The promise of regaling us about your fifty or five wicket haul over some food and help the Swans celebrate the close of another season. Remember - practice makes perfect so the opportunity of honing your skills is there; indoor nets continue every Sunday morning at St Pirans. There really shouldn't be a reason why you can't make it down there at least a couple of times before we switch to the outdoor nets in April.
Further into summer we have the Cricket Club Barbecue which will be held on Saturday 7th July. It's a match day which with luck and some decent weather should turn into a great excuse for celebrating what Taplow CC is all about - a great family social sports Club and SMOKE FREE!! Yes, the first weekend of the smoking ban. All non-smokers must be there to celebrate and let's face it; everyone should be there to enjoy all the fresh air!
We shall be asking for help in forming a work party soon. The pavilion is still standing despite the storms but there will be plenty to do before the cricket season starts. Expect another e-mail soon! In the meantime, the members' draw continues on Sundays, the bar will be open 12pm to 3pm and also Tuesday evenings from about 8.30pm. You might also be interested to know that this summer the bar will be staffed from 4pm every Saturday afternoon. Since global warming has arrived and our general belief is that there really isn't anything like a nice summer's day watching cricket with a pint in your hand we hope to generate a crowd of regulars watching Taplow CC defend the Chilterns League title we won last season for the first time in 31 years.
I hope you have all wintered well. More news to follow soon, plenty is happening, an EGM will be called soon to vote on rule changes which should lead to the Club being giving charitable status, SKY TV subscription is being investigated and Sir Les and Dame Edna have returned from their fact finding trip to Australia full of new tactics to help in our ongoing plan to dominate local cricket in the coming year.