From the President

A Word from our president

Quoting my predecessor in the 2006 Fixture Card "Mission Accomplished". But it was a close call when Glynde scored in excess of 300 against Cuckfield in the last league game. Fortunately Three Bridges, already promoted, held St.James to a draw and we joined Three Bridges in the Premier League for the coming season. We were in fact the only club to beat Three Bridges in the League.

So congratulations to Robbo and the 1st XI and best wishes for a successful season. It is sometimes easier to get up rather than stay up! Unfortunately the 2nd XI had a disappointing season and were in consequence relegated. I am sure we have the strength to make a quick return to the top level.

Other teams in a summer badly affect by rain gave a good account of themselves. The rain was a trial for the Ground team and our special thanks to them for producing excellent pitches when preparation time was severely limited. My best wishes to all match managers and to Goff Baker and Nigel Reid who take over the 3rd and 4th XIs respectively.

Mention must be made of the Sports Day held as part of Cuckfield's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Despite the rain in mid-afternoon those competing or just present had a great afternoon and it was good to see the event well supported by the village. Our thanks in particular to Belinda Campopiano and Iain Pringle for all their hard work and organisation.

With The Cahill legacy and a substantial grant from the ECB the first age of the extension to the Pavilion was completed prior to last season and was widely praised by visiting teams. The next stage is planned for September 2014 about which you will be hearing from your Committee. Our continuing thanks to Goff Banker and Nigel Reid and their assistants. I would like also to record our thanks to all those who give so much time and effort to the running of the Club. In particular I must mention and thank David Fitt who has retired after 18 years as Secretary during which time he was also involved with the Colts. Hopefully we will continue to see him playing on a Wednesday and at Golf Days.

I cannot finish without mentioning John Mole, a long serving and dedicated member of our Club, who died before Christmas after a hard-fought battle with cancer. What a wonderful turn-out at Holy Trinity and afterwards at Jeremy's and The White Hart. How John would have enjoyed his own wake! We are deeply indebted to him not only for his company (and his sons!), but also for the many hours he spent on the ground which brought it up to Premier League standards. Thank you John we will not forget you.

May I wish you all an enjoyable and successful season.

Geoffrey Longfield

Last update: 2012