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26/01/11 - Monday saw one of the best turnouts for an A.G.M. in recent years. A total of 32 attended and with 8 apologies also made it meant only 3 members were absent. It was a positive evening for numbers with 5 new members (4 returning) and also confirmation that Tracy, Matt and Joel Wilkins will continue to play for Broomfield in 2011. The four returning members are Karen Newman, Dave Jones, Cameron Gurdas and Pauline Broadhead. We also have a new member in Kieron Fitzgerald. If we include our non playing members and also wives and partners that use the club we are now reaching around the 55 mark which paints a positive picture for the future.

Details of the A.G.M. will be added but in brief: The meeting went well and was completed in under an hour, not bad considering all Officers and Captains submitted reports. Darren Griffiths continues as Chairman for the third year running and the fifth time in total. Darren also takes on the position of Club Captain for the first time since 1994. It is the first time somebody has taken on the position of Chairman and Club Captain since 1965.

Mark Hadley Snr continues as Secretary for a 13th term, first taking on the role 20 years ago in 1991. Andy Killion enters his 5th straight term as the clubs Treasurer. Captains remain very similar to last season with only the three first team captains changing. Darren Griffiths replaces Paul Newman (W&W Premier), Marc Wilson replaces Darren Griffiths (Oldbury) and Ollie Newman replaces Keith Lawlor (Smethwick 'A'). Ollie Newman becomes the 4th person to captain all three 'A' sides for Broomfield, following Joe Russell, Mark Hadley and Darren Griffiths.

Just one rule change which saw the structure of the Committee amended. The Committee was reduced back down to 9. The new format for 2011 onwards being: President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain, Oldbury Captain, West Bromwich Captain, Smethwick 'A' Captain and Greenkeeper. Extra Committee Members will only be nominated and elected if somebody holds two roles or declines their automatic seat on Committee. The Committee for 2011 is Chris Price, Darren Griffiths, Mark Hadley Snr, Andy Killion, Marc Wilson, Terry Jones, Jonathan Blakeman, Sheila Newman and Denise Killion.

The tree work has already started and should be completed by the middle of next week. The quote for floodlights should also be received by the end of this week. When the tree work is complete the next major job will be the painting and installation of new striker boards. Before the start of the season we are also aiming to secure the plastic seating to the concrete slabs and decorate both the inside and outside of the bowls pavilion.

The green will be worked on as and when the weather allows. As per my report at the A.G.M. you will only see slight improvements in March/April but we completed a good renovation in October and the benefits of this should be seen towards May/June. The removal of the bushes and trees will improve conditions with increased sunlight and airflow. One of the main objectives is to have the green in top condition for the Midland Masters (September).

22/01/11 - Thank you to those of you have attended the work parties over the last couple of Saturdays. The bushes are now removed, this giving room for the trees to be worked on. The pollarding of the trees will start on Tuesday, the work is expected to take one week. The removal of the bushes also has advantages for the green in the long term, better air circualtion and increased sunlight being the two main benefits. Thanks go to Frank Newman, Sheila Newman, Joe Wilson, Dan Chilton, Terry Jones, Marc Wilson, Ollie Newman, Paul Newman, Denise Killion and Mark Hadley Snr.

Happy birthday to Frank Newman, "Spike" turned 71 yesterday and was still hard at it with a chainsaw in hand this afternoon.

15/01/11 - Nominations sheet updated, see AGM link.

09/01/11 - The annual subscriptions for Portland Road are now due and have been set at £13.00 (males, females and over 65's). Under 18's remain free and subscriptions need to be paid by the end of January. A membership form also needs to be completed, a copy has been given to Darren Griffiths today (further copies will be distributed at the A.G.M.). Your subs and forms can be handed in over the bar.

Chairman Darren Griffiths has stressed for a full active committee in 2011. With lots of work still to do to keep Broomfield moving forward and the Midland Masters in September it is important that the ten members elected are able to attend meetings and take matters forward.

Another weekend lost on the green because of the early morning frosts. We are hoping for temperatures to slightly increase next weekend and start work on the green. Darren, Frank and Sheila have been working on the surrounds. Help would be appreciated next Saturday to box/tidy the holly bush which runs down the far side of the green.

08/01/11 - Please check the calendar which contains information for the 2011 season and upcoming meetings etc. The nominations for the 2011 season can be viewed on the AGM page.

The Friday indoor league at Hadley Stadium started in October and will finish on 18th March. Please click the Indoor link for the team statistics so far.

07/01/11 - Can all members please ensure that nominations for the 2011 season are sent to me by Monday 17th January. A committee meeting will take place on the night and the nominations will be put together with an agenda for the A.G.M.

The A.G.M. will take place on Monday 24th January at Portland Road starting at 7:30pm. It is important that all members make every effort to attend this meeting. New members are welcome to attend and any current members who can't make the meeting should pass on apologies to the Chairman, Secretary or any member of the current committee.

04/01/11 - I've included the article below on our website because John Lumb was a popular figure at Smethwick Cricket Club when the bowls section and cricket section had a good relationship through the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Towards the end of his tenure at the club he enabled us to continue playing bowls at Broomfield as he steered the cricket section through some tough times as Chairman in the late 1990's / early 2000's.

After the Wasim Akram / Raja Khan saga in 1999 the club was left with many problems and i personally remember John using his own money to keep the cricket section going. Without his input the club could have folded and that would have meant the end for our section too. Instead, during that year (2000) Broomfield went on to win the Free Press Cup. A great portrayal of the adversity he came through at the club is the Channel 4 documentary "When Wasim Came To Smethwick"

I saw John a couple of years after he left Smethwick and was surprised to hear he had taken up indoor bowls. A great servant to Smethwick Cricket Club, he will be missed.

04/01/11 - (article taken from the Express & Star): Tributes have been paid to the former chairman of Smethwick Cricket Club who has died aged 65. Former Mitchells & Butlers and Smethwick batsman John Lumb died at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham on Christmas Day. His family say the former teacher will be greatly missed.

Son Matthew Lumb, 39 of Sutton Coldfield said his father, who lived in Wylde Green was originally from Sprotbrough in Doncaster. He moved to the Birmingham area in 1969 to take up a head of department position in PE at Naseby School. Mr Lumb had a degree in economics and later taught the subject at Great Barr Secondary School.

He had a 30-year association with Smethwick Cricket Club joining in the early 1970's and being involved until around five years ago. Son Matthew said "He joined Mitchells & Butlers shortly after moving to Birmingham and had a good opening batting partnership with Alan Townsend and they scored a lot of runs between them. Dad was the leading run scorer in the league in 1971. He moved on to play for and captain Smethwick for many years and they won the Challenge Cup in 1976. Later he became Chairman of Smethwick, a position he held for a number of years and also served on the Birmingham League Committee."

Mr Lumb leaves his wife Gillian aged 66, children Matthew, Rebecca aged 34 and Hannah 30 and three young grandsons. Matthew added "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye. We will miss him greatly and love him very much." Mr Lumb's funeral will be held at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium in Tamworth Road at noon on January 12.

01/01/11 - Broomfield green, picture taken 31st December 2010.