It's a busy time at Short Lane at the moment and this weekend we have the Junior Tournament going on, spread over Saturday and Sunday, with over 140 teams competing. Everyone is welcome to come down and join the fun. We have reduced prices for lager, supplies of Speckled Hen for the connoisseur, plus, of course, the barbecue. Payments (over £5) can now be made by credit or debit card with our new machine having arrived yesterday.
In the meantime, the Board/Committee met on Thursday and set the prices for next season. Entry for 1st Team matches will be £9 next season, an increase of £1 and the first one for several years. Prices for OAP's remain unchanged at £5, whilst accompanied children under 16 will continue to be allowed in free of charge. Season tickets will again be available and will offer a clear saving at £162 for the season (£81 for seniors over 65). The cost of membership is also unchanged from last season but the club will be taking steps to ensure that, other than on match days, all patrons will be members, either individually or through the block system, relating to the Junior Section, the Ladies and the Sunday side or BA. Any non-members will be required to pay £1 which has always been the case but will be more strictly enforced.
The pitch is undergoing its annual treatment, with over-seeding and verti-draining going on at present, to ensure it is in top condition for the first home match on Saturday 30 July against Barnet.
Amongst other initiatives discussed are the meat draw, which fizzled out after a very successful start last season. This will start again soon but on a monthly basis. There will be a couple of race nights, a quiz night to be run by Phil Marshall, more Junior days, a further barbecue later in the summer and other events, including the possibility of a car rally on the August Bank Holiday Sunday. That would not mean racing but a return trip out from the club to various set points with each car having to pick up clues for points at each fixed stage. Everyone then goes back to the club for the winners to be presented and food and drink.
Possibly the most important matter is the announcement that Hitchcock and King, the local Builders' Merchants, have not only maintained their sponsorship of the club for next season, they have doubled it. Our very grateful thanks go to H & K and boss, Alan King jnr. for their great help. Everything will cost more next season, of course, following promotion and this is very welcome news.