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23/11/14 - Site Update For Members:

The new pavilion is complete and in recent media Warwickshire County Cricket Club (WCCC) has referred to the site as the “Edgbaston Foundation Community Sports Ground”. WCCC signed for the building on 10th November, built by Watson & Cox Construction costing in the region of £500,000. It signals the end of proprietorship for Persimmon Homes Limited who purchased the site (as part of Cape Hill Brewery) from Coors Brewers Limited in May 2004.

Broomfield Bowling Club and Mitchells & Butlers Bowling Club will now liaise with Errol Simms, the Edgbaston Cricket Centre Manager to discuss operational matters going forward. A few at Broomfield will remember Errol who spent a number of years at Smethwick Cricket Club and was Club Captain before leaving at the end of the 1998 season. Two representatives from each club will meet Errol on 9th December.

We will become a tenant of WCCC with each bowling club occupying the site under a lease, initially for a term of 3 years with the rent unchanged to what the clubs paid in 2012. The bowling greens now have a certain degree of protection as does the mini football pitch as both are detailed in the Community Use Agreement signed by WCCC.

June 2015 will see the first cricketing use although this is likely to be a handful of junior games to see how the wickets play with the new square having only been laid at the beginning of April this year. WCCC 2nd XI are expected to play home fixtures from the ground in 2016. There is an aim for the site to be capable of hosting first class cricket by 2019. Permanent artificial cricket nets will be installed on the upper tier of the site to support training and development of the 2nd XI as well as community engagement activities.

The sale of 241 Portland Road was completed at auction in September. The 0.3 acre plot sold for £264,000 despite a guide price of £180,000 being advertised by Bigwood Chartered Surveyors. A planning application is expected to develop the plot into six residential starter homes. The plots northern boundary falls just a few metres from the corner of the Broomfield green.

The Wildlife Trust now own the majority of nature areas around the site including the Deers Leap Wood. A part time ranger (Paul Stephenson) has been employed – funded by obligations set out in the Section 106 agreement. The bowling clubs are still responsible to maintain the trees that border the SW and NW sides of the bowling greens.

The bowls pavilion now benefits from a reliable electric supply from the new building. The pavilion will be covered through the site insurance. Two of the paths around the greens remain damaged from the demolition earlier this year and the health and safety issues have been raised with WCCC.

Perimeter fencing has been erected around more than 50% of the site and these works are still in progress. WCCC are aware of the current trespass problems. Repairs have been made to the car park with a further 80sq metres of tarmac scheduled for 24th and 25th November. A note to current gate keyholders, your key will still work at present but the locks will change before the end of the year.

At present there are no plans for the old floodlit “3rd" bowling green but this area will be maintained to the same standard as the football pitch. The possibility remains that the area could again be used for crown green bowls but WCCC have requested a viable plan that would create revenue – something for players to consider. The hard standing area between the new pavilion and the disused bowling green (where the old club was situated) is not earmarked for any particular use. Current plans are for the area to be cleared of rubble and overseeded in Spring 2015. Long term ideas for this area include indoor cricket nets or a gym.

Looking forward to the 2015 season, the bowling clubs will have access to the new pavilion. The social area can cater for 66 people. The building includes changing facilities, toilets (men’s, women’s and disabled), reception / first aid room, catering facilities and storage areas. Both bowling clubs will be provided with fridges for refreshments and food can be prepared on site or brought in. We have been encouraged to hold committee meetings in the building and have been given the go ahead to hold the AGM on site in January.

J.Blakeman - Secretary

23/11/14 - Thank you to everybody who has supported this years presentation - 88 tickets sold in total. Please make your best efforts to get ticket money to Denise Killion or Ollie Newman before 6th December. Thanks also to those that have already paid (over 50%).

10/11/14 - Summit League update from the Half Yearly Meeting / Prize Presentation: A much shorter season will greet us in 2015 as two Bank Holidays are missed. The season will start on Monday 13th April and finish on Monday 24th August. Our first fixture is away to Selly Park 'B' - this is provisional but unlikely to change.

One resignation from the league - Hawkins Sports and one application which was accepted - The Rag B.C. who are based in Cannock Chase. Described as a big challenging green with floodlights, great food, less than one mile from the Windmill B.C.

Division 2 looks much more 'local' for 2015: Ward End Cons, Moor Lane 'A', Sutton Park, Langley, Highley Miners Welfare, Broomfield, Chadsmoor 'B', Selly Park 'B', Woodfield 'B', The Rag.

Rule changes include the implementation of the Mike Beckett scoring system where teams will enter their own results online (within 24hrs). A demonstration will be made at the AGM on Monday 12th January 2015. The new look system (tables, stats etc) is available to view at – go to League Statistics and you will see that the 2014 season has been embedded.

Rule 16 has been deleted which means that scoreboards are no longer a requirement of the Summit League (proposed by The George B.C. and passed tonight). Broomfield were due to purchase scoreboards in 2015.

The league awarded prize money totalling £7,500

09/11/14 - Sheila Newman has asked that all Bonus Ball money must be paid prior to the handover at the A.G.M. (20/01/15). Those that owe money please get in contact with Sheila.

06/11/14 - The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th January 2015. We intend to hold the meeting at the new pavilion, Portland Road Sports Ground and will confirm this at a later date. 7:15pm for a prompt 7:30pm start. Nominations will open on Monday 15th December 2014 and close on Monday 12th January 2015. Please ensure any proposed rule changes are sent to Jonathan Blakeman by Monday 12th January 2015.

The final committee meeting for your current committee will take place week commencing Monday 12th January 2015. Confirmation of those not continuing in roles / positions next season: Chris Price (Chairman), Jonathan Blakeman (Secretary), Joe Wilson (Club Captain), Ollie Newman (Oldbury Captain & Committee Member), Sheila Newman (Bonus Ball), Lisa Griffiths (Food - Sat&Wed). The club would also like to thank Mick Barnwell for his 3 year sponsorship which ran from 2012 to 2014.

06/11/14 - Somers Sports & Social Club will be the venue for our 2014 presentation evening on Saturday 6th December. Tickets are £10.00 each of which 45 of the 80 available have already been sold. Tables of 8 people with a knife and fork buffet and disco. 7:30pm until late. For tickets please contact Ollie Newman or Denise Killion. We advise that you purchase tickets / confirm interest by Saturday 22nd November.

One of the ticket numbers will be drawn as a "Magic Ticket" on the night to win £80.00 cash for drinks, so please ensure you bring your ticket to the presentation. Full details of the venue: Somers Sports & Social Club, The Grange, 2 Grange Hill, Halesowen, B62 0JH.