May 8, 2013
Burbage and Easton Royal’s juniors have become one of the latest beneficiaries of the Haine & Smith Charitable Trust. Janet Hartwell, the Clerk to the Trustees, presented the Club with 42 balls at a recent junior coaching evening, much to the delight of over 70 kids who voiced their appreciation with time-honoured hurrahs.
Since its establishment in 1995 the Charitable Trust has made over 500 donations to a variety of worthy causes in the communities surrounding their practices. In light of all the competing applications, the Club is delighted to have received the support of the Trust in recognition of its commitment to developing young local cricketers.
Running a programme like ours depends on more than the dedication of a selfless group of volunteers. Without funding we’d struggle to provide half the facilities and playing opportunities we offer. With over 20 junior age group matches on Red Lion Field throughout the summer, 42 balls are really going to come in handy. The kids are raring to go, either to put bat to the new balls or knock over some stumps with them. Preferably both.
If you’re reading this and your son or daughter hasn’t already been enrolled with Burbage and Easton Royal, why not bring them along to a coaching session. We hold them at 6pm every Monday in East Sands during the school term. There’s no guarantee they’ll enjoy the sport, but they’ll definitely make new friends. So just pitch up and ask for Paul Lavis, our Head of Playing.
And if your kids have already flown the nest then you’ll have some time on your hands. So why not come and support your Club this season? Hopefully the sun will be shining and what could be better than watching Michael Papps, our latest recruit, playing? He’s a former New Zealand Test player and Wellington’s 2013 Player of the Year. Wellington is one of the best provincial teams in the Land of the Long White Cloud so it’s a real coup For Burbage. Even though all but one of the teams in our division of the West of England Premiership have overseas’ players, were hoping ours will prove to be an unfair advantage.
You may never ever again get the chance to see a player of his calibre knocking sixes on Red Lion Field (I sincerely hope that’s not a Murray Walker moment, Michael). So come on round and meet your fellow villagers over a convivial glass of beer, while Michael and the 1st XI cover themselves in glory. Or, you could always watch the match?
Marek Grabowski, Chairman, B.E.R.C.C.
April 21, 2013
Please read the Chairmans’s 2013 Welcome Letter
April 14, 2013
After a very successful ten week indoor training programme, the Senior outdoor training will now move to the Red Lion Field, with the first session being the 18th April.
For the first two weeks we will train on a Thursday night before switching back to a Tuesday night. Training will officially start at 6.15 but please make an effort to get to the ground as close to 6pm as possible. Just like the indoor sessions, training will be run by 1st XI coach Paul Stoddard.
Lets keep all the hard work we did in the Indoor session going into the outdoor season!
See you all there!!
April 8, 2013
Outdoor Junior Training got under way on Monday 8th April with over 60 girls and boys braving the cold conditions for their first training session of the year, which was great to see!
We run Under s, Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 teams, if you fancy getting into cricket and joining in the fun, please come along on a Monday night from 6.15, with this completed registration form and a cheque for £40 made payable to Burbage & Easton Royal CC.
We have some new nets, which will be opened shortly and will be available for all our Junior Members to use and we are also being joined by New Zealand Cricketer Michael Papps, who will be working with some of our junior cricketers!
April 6, 2013
This years Natwest Cricket Force day was a great success. We had 22 volunteers turn up and put a great deal of hard work into getting the ground looking presentable.
It has been a difficult winter for the ground staff, with several building projects taking place combined with one of the wettest winters in history! They have done a fantastic job so far and it was great to see everyone mucking in and giving them a hand.
The volunteers were:
It is also worth noting that Leigh Hawkins and Dan Wootton have done a lot of work at the ground in the last few weeks, but were not available on the 6th.
Well done to all involved!
April 4, 2013
Here are some photos that were taken at the WEPL Dinner at the BAWA Club in Bristol.
Darran Freegard was presented with bowling award and the player of year award for the Wiltshire Premier League as a result of remarkable 36 wickets in the 2012 season.
1st XI capatin Tom Wallbridge also collected the Runners-Up award for the club finishing second in the league 3 points behind winners Lechlade CC.
All three trophies were presented by former New Zealand cricketer and Sky Sports pundit Jeremy Coney.
March 22, 2013
We are hosting our Natwest Cricket Force Day on Saturday April 6th from 9am.
NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales.
NatWest CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in club houses and grounds, typically over a specific weekend before the season starts.
As I am sure you are all aware there has been a lot of redevelopment at the club over the winter months, which has stretched our resources. As a result of this there is still quite a lot of work to be before the season kicks off in the middle of April! So we would be grateful for any help that is volunteered!
The tasks to be done, could range from strimming a hedge to painting the new score box. So whatever your expertise are, there are plenty of odd jobs to be done.
If you are a non member interested in helping, please give James Lavis a call on: 07983482884, If you are a club member, see you there!
In the mean time, if you have any spare time there will also be a working party around the club on the 29th and 30th March from 10am onwards.
March 7, 2013
Pre Season nets have been booked for the following dates:
- Tuesday 26th March – 8pm-10pm – St Francis School, Pewsey
- Wednesday 3rd April- 8pm-10pm – Marlborough Leisure Centre
- Wednesday 10th April- 8pm-10pm - Marlborough Leisure Centre
We will then go outside and train at the Red Lion Field, in our new two lane astroturf nets.
Everyone is welcome (13 years and above), we always like to see new faces, so if your looking for a place to play, come along and have a go! Contact Tom Wallbridge for more details!
See you there!
February 19, 2013
Hope you’ve had a good winter and you’re looking forward to the cricket season. Hopefully you will be joining us at Burbage & Easton Royal CC again this year.
The club has been as busy through the winter as we are during the summer. We have a brand new machine shed and by the time we start the new season we will have a two-lane net practise facility, new score box and electronic score board. We will have a new away changing room this will enable us to make the home changing room bigger.
Also, as some of you may know, we will have the services of New Zealand international player Michael Papps. He will be helping us with the junior coaching on Monday evenings.
If any parent/carers would like to get involved with the junior section please contact me.
We have a full fixture list this year with the U11′s, U13′s & U15’s entered in the Wilts League as well as the U11’s & U13’s Kennet League.
The U9′s will play in the Wilts Festivals and we will be running our own Kwik Cricket Festival in June.
Registration night is Monday 25th March 2013, 6.15pm at the Cricket Pavilion, East Sands, Burbage.
Training starts from Monday 8th April at 6pm.
If you would prefer to complete the registration form and post it to Tracey Lavis (1 Gales Ground, Marlborough, SN8 2RS), please do so, along with £40 per player membership fee.
Please ensure you complete page 2 of the registration form as this contains important information regarding your child.
Please remember our kit supplier is Kalibazar with whom you order directly click here to visit our on-line shop. There will be NO kit sales from the club.
Once you have paid your membership you will be entered into a prize draw to win some of the new kit. Draw will take place on Monday 29th April.
1st prize = Playing shirt & cap
2nd prize = Training shirt
3rd prize = Cap
I look forward to seeing you soon.
February 7, 2013
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE IN BURBAGE
Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club are delighted to have received a substantial cash award from The Hills Group Limited. It’s the second time the village has received funding for one of its sports clubs in recent years. The latest award of £15,000 will go a long way towards paying for a set of new, double track, all-weather nets on Red Lion Field. The money was made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, administered for Hills by Community First, the Rural Community Council for Wiltshire.
The new nets will be of huge benefit to the Club’s playing members and in particular its 100 registered juniors. Last year, at the start of the season, many junior coaching sessions were literally washed out, which meant the youngsters were under-prepared when league fixtures commenced and struggled to compete with teams with better facilities.
As recently as 2007 there were very few opportunities for promising youngsters to progress to senior cricket in the village. As a result many of them left for other clubs and, like many other village teams in the same situation, the Club was in decline. The committee responded by adopting a strategy for sustainability based on developing young players from the village and surrounding district and, more importantly, retaining them.
In 2010 the Club was awarded ClubMark accreditation, the benchmark for youth development in sport. The following year the Club was invited to become a Focus Club, one of only 19 in the county. Last season a significant number of former juniors represented the Club’s 1st and 2nd XIs in the West of England Premier Leagues (Wiltshire Division), having come up through the 3rd XI, playing in the Wiltshire Leagues.
The new nets will not only be used to speed up the development of the Club’s junior members. The committee is committed to providing access throughout the season to any local youngsters, when the facility’s not being used for club coaching sessions or match warm ups. It’s hoped that this will encourage even more young players in the area to take up the sport.
Whether lightning really strikes twice or not is almost irrelevant now. Thanks to the generosity of Hills, Burbage and Easton Royal Cricket Club will now be able to carry on practicing regardless of the weather.
Author: Marek Grabowski