ESACU&S Members' Newsletter - August 2008

Dear Members

A brief newsletter to bring you, our members, up to date with recent developments concerning you and your association.

You will notice from the banner on our webpage that ESACUS is now affiliated to Surrey Cricket Board's Association of Cricket Officials (SCBACO), which in turn is a branch of the new ECB's Cricket Officials' Association (usually known by its acronym ECBACO). Our representative on SCBACO is our Chairman, Steve Hodge. John Smith (who organises our Training courses and until recently was on the Committee) has been elected as SCBACO's Treasurer. David Edwards, another of our members, is the Chairman. So we have a strong representation in this association.

Graham Cooper remains one of our instructors, along with Andrew Etherington, John Smith and Jeremy Beckwith, and has been tasked by SCBACO to re-write his old GL6 and GL5 courses to fit in with the new ECB requirements, which have themselves been considerably revised since the appointment of the new ECB Education Manager, Nick Cousins, as the recent ECBACO newsletter revealed.

These developments mean that ESACUS will be running training courses during the forthcoming close season. Further information can be found on our training page.

ESACUS will be holding its AGM on Thursday, November 6th at South Nutfield CC's clubhouse, Mid Street, South Nutfield, starting at 8 pm with doors open from 7.30 pm. This is the same venue as last year and we are grateful to this club and its officials for allowing us the use of their facilities again this year. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a pay bar. We are hoping to have a speaker to follow the business part of our meeting, but details have yet to be finalised.

Your Committee seeks nominations to join the Committee, so please think hard about how you can help your association. We normally hold about four committee meetings a year and these are very pleasant social occasions at members' houses.

Another date for your diary is Friday, February 6th 2009 for the Annual Dinner, probably at the same venue as this year, the Toby Inn in Redhill.

Steve is also planning another "Quiz Evening" on April 2nd, 2009 at Horley CC, following the successful innovation this year.

Those of you with email will have read recently that 2008 is the last year in which the Evening Standard Challenge Trophy will take place. The Final is at the Oval on Sunday, September 7th starting at 11 am and features Ealing CC versus Sunbury CC. Entry is free and everyone is most welcome. It is sad to learn of this 16-year-old competition coming to an end due to the newspaper ceasing to sponsor its continuance. David Willis, who was our guest at last year's AGM and who organises the competition, is seeking new sponsors, possibly for a competition with a different format. We will have to await developments. Many of our members have officiated in the various rounds of the competition over the past few years, with a couple even having stood in a Final at the Oval.

With best wishes for the remainder of the season.

Yours sincerely

Peter Turner, Secretary ESACUS
August 24th 2008