Just when all hope of a game of cricket had seemingly gone, FPs step into action this Saturday at Stoneywood Dyce. Many thanks for Stoneywood for the invite. There are sure to be plenty of people having to dig back out the kit that had been stored away for another winter. Hopefully, the weather delivers and the FPs lineup is not as rusty as you might expect after a complete year off.
Last week we took the 1st tentative steps towards playing cricket with our 1st training session which was kindly hosted by Stoneywood Dyce at Peoples Park. Peoples Park is an excellent facility given they are Aberdeen’s national league team and the ground has been well set up to accommodate us and ensure we comply with all appropriate measures. Training will be every Wednesday at 6pm at Dyce and we would ask you to update teamer ahead of the session or contact a member of the committee if you are attending so we can keep appropriate records.
Members who are paying subs are free and those that are not paying subs we ask contribute £5 per session to cover costs. We will cap the charge at £20, so after 4 sessions, any subsequent session has no charge.
Gilles Gardner kindly captured some pictures from the 1st session https://www.flickr.com/photos/gillesgardner/sets/72157715205799657/
By way of a quick update on cricket this season, we are pleased to see the government in England have now said they will allow cricket from next weekend, and we would hope a similar announcement comes in Scotland soon as well. The scheduled season for 2020 has been cancelled but there may be scope for some games in July (if the government agrees) and certainly into August. What these games will look like, we are not currently sure. It is improbable we will have access to Rubislaw until at least mid-August and other council pitches are likely to be similarly constrained. The reason being the council require time to prepare them. We could all debate this point but this is our understanding, although it is not confirmed. WE will certainly advise the club are available for games but this may well need other clubs to host us and we will be open to playing anyone if it at least gets some cricket.
In terms of the pitch, we had 3 very generous offers of help from Derek Traill, Peter Clark from Arbroath and Donny Reid at Gordonians. Given Donny’s proximity, he has kindly agreed to undertake the fix and this will be done in the near future. Overall we were inundated with messages from various people and clubs from all across the country and the support was hugely appreciated.
For 2021 we will assess the need for a permanent replacement, but for now, a repair seems the most sensible decision given the level of uncertainty that exists.
Hopefully, we will see some cricket soon and when that happens we hope the weather will be kind to us.
Some good news that after last week’s announcements the Grammar Club Centre Committee have been busy finalising preparations for the club’s re-opening. We’re delighted to announce that the club will be open for business from Friday 10th July. See below details on the opening from the Grammar Club committee.
Opening Hours From Friday 10th July
Thursdays and Fridays – 4pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday – 2pm to 7pm
Note these times are provisional for July only
We will of course be following all government guidance which means that all customers will need to use the garden area for at least the first two weekends. While we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather is kind there is now a shiny new marquee available for shelter should that be needed. The garden area itself is looking in top shape with lots of newly refurbished and socially distanced seating available.
We will be operating a card payment only policy, access to the clubhouse will be for toilet visits only until we are able to open the bar area and there will be a designated smoking area towards Bayview Road.
While this is great news there’s no doubt that our trading position will be difficult for some time to come. Access to our attractive and extensive beer garden will hopefully bring in some new faces and we are offering a one-off temporary membership fee as an extra tempter. Given the circumstances and uncertainty of opening hours this will be available to all new members for the bargain basement price of just £12 for the rest of the year. If you’ve got any family or friends who might be interested in joining now would be the ideal to try out the Club.
We run three elevens in the local Aberdeenshire Grades and play our home games at Rubislaw on Harlaw Road.
We're always on the look out for new talent (of all levels!). If you're interested in playing then fill in the contact form or come along to our regular practice sessions at Rubislaw on Thursday evenings, from 6pm onwards.