ESACU&S Members' Newsletter - March 2008 (revised 1st April 2008)

Dear Colleagues and ESACUS members

Much has happened concerning our organisation since I last wrote to you last November. The national ACU&S has ceased to exist (technically from December 31st) though it is continuing to run courses, hold examinations and deal with promotions until probably April 30th. The new Cricket Officials' organisation under the auspices of the ECB is now in existence, and is known as ECBACO. It has not yet fully found its feet, though, and we are not yet certain how it is going to operate. All former members of the national ACU&S can have their membership transferred to ECBACO if they complete the application form, sent to them in January, and return to the ECB. If you didn't receive the application form or have mislaid it, and wish to join ECB ACO, please contact me. Few of those members who sent in application forms have had confirmation of membership yet. This lack of confirmation of membership is giving some cause for concern about whether we are insured yet for the forthcoming season. Representations are being made at the County level and we hope for clarification in the near future. However, let me reassure you all that ESACUS is continuing and your membership is a completely separate issue from whatever you decide to do about the ECBACO. We anticipate running courses next Autumn covering the same material as those we have run in the past.

Date: Our next meeting is on Thursday, April 3rd at Horley Cricket Club, starting at 7.30pm, when we will be discussing Law 42, Fair and Unfair Play. No, you are not going to be lectured on all eighteen sections. This will be an informal meeting, in convivial surroundings (there's a bar!) with everyone having the opportunity to share their experiences of the issues covered by this particular law. Man management forms a very important part of this law and it is always interesting to learn how your colleagues might deal with particular situations. To add to the fun, there may well be a small sporting quiz possibly, even with prizes. We hope you can attend what promises to be another enjoyable evening. If anyone needs directions to the club, please contact our Social Secretary, Bernard Wright . He would also appreciate it if you could let him know if you are coming or not so that appropriate arrangements can be made for accommodating us all.

Our AGM in November was very well attended and those who were there agreed that it was by far and away the best AGM we have ever had.

This was followed by our annual dinner last month when, at The Toby Carvery in Redhill, 24 members and guests had an extremely enjoyable evening. The food was excellent and the company wasn't bad either!

This year we have run a GL6 course over two weekends at Caterham School which has been our most successful ever with over 20 people attending. This seems a popular format which we will probably continue next close season. We now have 4 instructors, Graham Cooper, John Smith, Jeremy Beckwith, and Andrew Etherington, who has joined the Committee.

We look forward to seeing you early next month.

Happy umpiring.

Peter Turner, Secretary ESACUS
March 10th 2008