Change in the Air at Great Melton
Report of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 24th November 2021
With the cricket landscape, in common with everything else, much changed by the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘change' was the common theme at Great Melton Cricket Club's A.G.M. Steve Phoenix, Chairman for 38 years, announced that he would be standing down at the 2022 A.G.M. while new captains were elected for the 1st and A Teams, replacing long-standing club stalwarts Richard Waddell and Simon Woods who stepped aside after leading their teams to promotion, the 1sts to Alliance Division 2 in 2019 and the As to Division 4 last season. Joey Greenslade, who has been with the club since he was 9 years old, will captain the 1st Team, assisted by his brother Chris while last year's A Team Vice-Captain, Nick Aston will step up to lead the seconds. Chairman-elect is Chris Wright who replaced the outgoing Mark Scott as Vice-Chairman.
Other new officers elected were Georgia Ryan, taking over the Membership Secretary role from Claire Crosthwaite; former Treasurer, Leo DeSalis, returning to the Committee after a year's absence as Pavilion/Bar Manager; Becky Greenslade taking over as Volunteer Coordinator from Chris Brook and George Ryan joining Alice Greenslade as the club's Junior Representative.
The Chairman highlighted some of changes in cricket with the delayed but proposed move to ‘one-league' in 2023, the demise of teas, the huge increase in female participation and the repercussions of the Aseem Rafiq requiring individuals to be more aware of their language and attitudes. After thanking the outgoing officers for their sterling work, he stated that it was probably a good time for the club to make changes and plot the next stage of its journey. The immediate priority is to raise the necessary funding to carry out planned improvements to the pavilion to make it more accessible to female members and guests. New Vice-Chairman, Chris Wright, announced that he and the Chairman would be using the next year to look at some re-structuring in the club, the modification of the sub-committees, the creation of additional roles and some succession planning to ensure a smooth transition in 2023.
Treasurer Carl Fawkes showed that, despite almost two years of limited fundraising and bar sales, the club was in a very healthy financial position. Covid grants, good housekeeping and the generosity of the club's sponsors meant there was no need to increase the present fees. The subscription remains at £20 (Senior Players), £5 Junior Players, £10 Non-Players with ‘half-fees' for students/unemployed. Match fees will continue to be £6 (with no teas) or £8 (with teas) at weekends and £3 in midweek. Coaching fees will be set following recommendation by the Junior Committee.
The subject of Sunday cricket produced the usual long discussion with the merits and de-merits of league or friendly cricket fully aired. In the end it was decided that the club should continue to try to field a team in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League but in a lower division (than the Shield Premier) although no nominations for Sunday Captain were forthcoming. It is hoped that this problem can be overcome by the start of next season.
The other long discussion centred around the tour on the weekend of 29th-31st May and the proposed Beer Festival and fundraising extravaganza the following weekend (3rd-5th June). The closeness of those two events caused some concern but it was decided finally to allow both to go ahead.
The full list of officers elected are: President, Nick Evans-Lombe; Chairman, Steve Phoenix; Vice-Chairman, Chris Wright; Secretary, Richard Wood; Membership Secretary, Georgia Ryan; Fixture Secretary, Chris McKay; Treasurer, Carl Fawkes; Safeguarding Officer, Celia Phoenix; Groundsman, Mike Phoenix; Bar/Pavilion Manager, Leo DeSalis; Head of Junior Coaching, Matt Rushton; Junior Secretary, Maxine Rushton; Volunteer Coordinator, Becky Greenslade; Women & Girls' Representative, Trish Ellse; Covid Officers, Chris Wright & Hannah Brook; Junior Representatives, Alice Greenslade & George Ryan; Senior Cricket Representative, Chris Greenslade; 1st Team Captain, Joey Greenslade; A Team Captain, Nick Aston; B Team Captain, Eusha Fawad; C Team Captain, Duncan Greenslade; Midweek Team Captain, Nick Mackenzie; Sunday Captain, yet to be appointed.