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.
As you may have seen on our social channels, unfortunately, the wicket at Rubislaw was significantly vandalised a couple of days ago and we are shocked that someone finds this acceptable! We will be working hard to find a resolution but expect the pitch will likely need to be replaced which will involve lots of fundraising.
The committee will take stock in the coming days and decide the best way forward.
With club stalwart Chris Clelland confirming that he will be leaving Aberdeen on the 27th of March, we will be welcoming all to the club on Saturday 21st of March to say one more thanks to him for all of his hard work and to wish him and his family well in their future endeavors. We will be gathering at 1730 in the main bar of the Grammar Former Pupils’ Club.
We’re sure that Chris would appreciate seeing anyone there that can make it, and if anyone wishes to get in touch please feel free to let us know so we can pass on your goodwill.
Hopefully, most of us are also aware of the immense impact he has had on our club over a span touching on 30 years, both as a player and committee member, most recently fulfilling the roles of Secretary and Treasurer. This has been alongside acting as Secretary for the FP Club Centre.
With his name always in the running for the “Clubman of the Year” award in recent seasons, it is further testament to the work he has put in t
o ensure we are able to play cricket each summer, including acting as
fixer to get games on, mediator between captains/vices/players over selection matters and one for a reliable drinks order when back at the club – export sales will no doubt be hit hard!
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.