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24/12/11 - All members should have received an email confirming the date of the A.G.M. This meeting will take place at Portland Road Pavilion on Monday 16th January 2012. Current members are encouraged to attend the meeting along with any prospective members for next season. Please aim to meet at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Nominations can be made in person to me or by email, text or phone call. Any proposed rule changes should be submitted by Monday 9th January, this is also the closing date for nominations. The 2011 committee will hold their final meeting prior to the A.G.M. (suggested date is Monday 9th January).

15/12/11 - It is with great sadness that i report the passing of David Bryant M.B.E. on Thursday 8th December 2011. David was the President, Chairman and also founder of the Smethwick Heritage Centre. However for those of us that knew him he will be remembered for his lifetime service to Smethwick Cricket Club. David held every principle role at the club (starting in the early 1950's) and it is my understanding that he held the role of secretary for over 30 years. During the 1990's he was President and published the matchday programme which included a weekly bowls report.

It is difficult to keep this report brief as David did so much. He served on the committee at Warwickshire County Cricket Club and was Secretary and President of the Birmingham & District Cricket League during his active years. In January 2006 he was made an M.B.E for his services to the Smethwick Heritage Centre.

Those of you who were part of the club prior to 2001 will remember how the walls of the pavilion (the "club") were decorated with pictures and memorabilia and it was David that was responsible for this collection. In 2007 he loaned the collection to the Smethwick Heritage Centre resulting in a six week exhibition.

David pictured at the Smethwick Cricket Club exhibition in 2007

Parts of this website were only possible because of the archive material that David kindly copied for me. He always insisted that Broomfield Bowling Club was founded in 1908 and that we celebrated our centenary ten years too early! To support his argument he gave me the minutes of old committee meetings between 1903 and 1912. These contained the discussions on whether to build a bowling green in the corner of our original ground after the pond had been filled. To counteract the argument he showed me a cricket fixture card from 1905 which advertised bowls and tennis - this being prior to the green being laid.

By trade David was an architectural technician. He was responsible for the design of the main cricket pavilion at Smethwick Cricket Club as well as "The Tavern". Some of you may remember "Bryant & Priest" who were located on Three Shires Oak Road in Bearwood. In 1996 this became BPN Architects (Bryant Priest Newman) who are now based on Mary Street in Birmingham.

My first involvement with David dates back to 1997 when i used to fax (before emails!) him a weekly bowls report on a Friday which he would then publish in the matchday programme. David stepped away from the main club in 2001. I exchanged several phone calls with David in recent years and was still in contact with him in 2010 and had requested some material on Broomfield that he had in storage. Unfortunately David suffered ill health for most of 2011. He suffered an aneurism six months ago but recovered and managed to give a talk around one month ago at a Smethwick Heritage Centre road show. Malcolm Spencer attended that road show and described the talk as a sterling performance by a man who was obviously in poor health. It was not long after that he was taken into hospital. He passed away last Thursday aged 80.


Obituary from tonights Evening Mail (above left) and David pictured in September 2010 (above right)

11/12/11 - It seems we have finally entered the cold snap and this will help stunt the disease that the green has suffered over the past six weeks. Many thanks to Frank and Sheila for clearing the leaves from the ditches. Work has not stopped despite the uncertainty, the green continues to be treated and checked whenever possible. Like last season we will be looking to organise work parties from the middle of January 2012 onwards.

For those of you that do not know, the club remains open thanks to Persimmon Homes offering short term support to Michelle. They are now working with Michelle towards a viable plan for the future. The various sporting sections have been told it's business as usual with a more detailed update planned for the end of February.

Thank you to those that have paid Sheila Newman bonus ball money, this will help Sheila pay out the winners during December.

General updates are being made to the website each week to bring the various sections up to date to the end of the 2011 season, i also aim to keep the design and navigation as simple as possible - this makes the website user friendly and page loading much quicker. Player Profiles now include the stats from 2011.

I have obtained a copy of all the W&W Senior County matches that were played on Broomfield, this covers a period of 1979 to 2000. These records will be published on the website in due course.

Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.