It is with great sadness, the club has to announce the passing of former Chairman, Life Member and club stalwart David Wharf after a long illness.
The Club and its members owe so much to David who was a tireless worker for Woodlands Cricket Club for many decades and under his leadership the club grew from what was an archetypal local village cricket club into one of the leading clubs in Yorkshire with facilities to match.
David was Chairman of the Club for 34 years only recently standing down to become Chairman Emeritus. For many years David ran the junior section and ferried countless numbers of youngsters to games in his van and for over 30 years spent endless hours as groundsman in addition to his other many roles within the club.
Our love and thoughts are with Jennifer and the rest of the family at this sad time.
Funeral arrangement to be announced.
Rest In Peace David
What a difference a few days make.
We have germination. Grass coming along nicely.
Drone photo courtesy of Rayspencer photography.
Work has recommenced on re-construction on the out field following a month's delay due to bad weather. 2,000 tonnes of top soil are to be spread, followed by rotivation and seeding.
Drone photo courtesy of Ray Spencer Photography.
A number of other projects have now been completed including the replacement of the fall pipes on the sports hall. Take a look photos that have been taken during the various stages of each project. They can be found under the Major Refurbishments tab at the top of the page.
Our continued thanks go to the team lead by Stuart, of Phil, Mick, Sue & Mick and James for all their hard work completing the projects.
Work has started today on our major project of re-laying the outfield. 2,000 tonnes of top soil has started being delivered by OBL Aggregates & Excavations LTD, ready for the contractors. Many thanks to Brian and Rob for their efforts so far with this project.
Congratulations to Elliot Richardson & Jodie Jenkinson on the birth of your daughter, Ivy Bella born on 2nd August at 22.05 weighing 7lb 10oz. Mum and daughter doing well.
Love all at WCC
BACK TO CRICKET ANNOUNCEMENT from Brian Pearson, Secretary, Woodlands Cricket Club:
As I’m sure you’re all aware the Government and subsequently the England and Wales Cricket Board approved the return of Recreational Cricket within the constraints of Covid-19 Regulations and Guidance.
You may also know that the Gordon Rigg ECB Bradford Premier League Management Board have worked tirelessly to offer regular first and second team fixtures, plus a 20/20 competition, to hopefully commence on 25th July.
As a club we have consulted with some of our members and players to inform a Committee meeting convened on 12th July during which, following extensive debate, it was unanimously agreed that Woodlands C.C. would not participate in the proposed competitions at both Senior and Junior levels. The Committee discussed many issues but the overriding consideration is the risk to the Health and Safety of all concerned given the current status of Coronavirus.
It is our intention to use the time available to undertake a major project to re-lay the outfield and complete various other maintenance tasks.
We realise there will be the disappointment, for all, that the Club will not be playing cricket this season, but please STAY SAFE and look forward to cricket, as we know it, in 2021.
Letter from our Chairman, Jeremy Bleazard:
Firstly, I hope you are all well in these unusual times. This is a phrase we have become accustomed to over the past few months together with “unprecedented” and “new normal” as well as “social distancing”. I was hoping my first communication with you, as Chairman, would be read in sunshine around the boundary edge on a Saturday afternoon. However, as you know, following the Government’s statement on 19 March, the clubhouse and sports hall were closed immediately and remain so. Cricket as well as everything else in sport and the wider community and life as we know it, was put on hold. People being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and millions of employees being furloughed, again a phrase not many had heard of prior to 22 March. The ramifications of virus will continue long after “normality” resumes. These are worrying times for sport with many professional organisations struggling and having to secure loans from the Government. Grass roots sports will undoubtedly suffer, not just with the loss of income from their bars being closed and weekly raffles not taking place, but with sponsors re-assessing their advertising budgets. There are a few grants available to sports clubs and I would like to thank Brian for his time spent chasing and securing what he can for the club. I have been delighted by the number of members who have already paid their subscriptions, sponsored balls and made donations to the club. I would ask all members to continue to support us with the payment of their membership fees and sponsorship where they can. Virtual match ball sponsorships are available. We are also hopefully launching an ECB backed crowd funding project to help renew the netting on the outdoor nets so watch this space for further details and any help or support you can give is greatly welcomed. My thanks must also go to Stuart, James, Phil & Mick who continue with the ground maintenance and improvements. Stuart is going to the club every day to check the place is secure and progress a number of projects he is on with that normally he doesn’t have the time to complete between weekends. Without these continued efforts, the place would soon become overrun. I would also ask our members, players and supporters to support each other during these times. Many of us have daily and weekly routines that have been taken away. A simple “How are you?” can mean a lot to someone who is struggling with the lockdown and life as it is at the moment. Until that Saturday afternoon comes around when we can all meet up once again and share a natter, stay safe.
Yours in sport Jeremy