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 FRIENDS OF HLCC 

 

Friends of HLCC Quarterly Newsletter: March 2022

Welcome again to our quarterly update on life @ HLCC!  As we approach the start of the new season, the pace is increasing both on and off the pitch @ Middlewood.  Our club will continue to play a key role in helping the whole community heal and recover after such a challenging couple of years.  We are making great progress together with your support and have some amazing plans to share for the year ahead. 

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We have held a full winter cricket nets across all age groups for the first year in many.  We have packed out the facilities @ Stockport Grammar School each week with our teams returning to cricket with keen anticipation.  This year HLCC will be joining the ECB ‘All stars’ programme for 5 to 8 year olds to ensure we offer a fun and engaging first experience of cricket for everyone. 

Our senior teams will expand as we join a Sunday league and ensure our younger cricketers have a clear pathway to competitive cricket. 

We are making great progress in increasing membership and hope to welcome women and girls cricket to HLCC in 2023!  Watch this space....

 

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The race is on to complete our changing rooms ahead of the new season.   Our pavilion improvements continue to be a massive success within our local community with bookings most weekends for weddings, christenings and family parties. 

We have ambitious plans for the year ahead as we expand our social side to include monthly events for social members.  Why not come and see the progress when the season starts in April?

 

 

Our partnership with HLFC has been further strengthened as we announced a new ten-year agreement for hosting of junior football at Middlewood.  From next season, our ground will include two additional mini soccer pitches for age groups under 9.  Thanks to significant financial support from the Football Foundation, we now have the funding and equipment to host local community support throughout the year. 

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This year we lost another good friend of the club ... Bob Nadin. Bob played all his cricket for High Lane during the 60's and 70's from junior level until his retirement due to the wear and tear that his other sporting love playing football had had on his legs. His approach to both games was always enthusiastic and very competitive ... both on and off the pitch!! After his playing days, he was a regular spectator, often giving dismissed batsmen advice on where they had gone wrong.

We hope to celebrate the life of Bob, Les Brockbank  and our friends who have passed on in recent years at a Testimonial match and Jubilee celebration on Friday 3rd June ... and will share details in the coming weeks.

 
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As friends of the club, you have been on our journey in the last few years as we have put the club back on stable foundations for the future.  Your support and encouragement have been amazing and we thankyou on behalf of everyone at HLCC and High Lane Community.

In 2022, we are once again setting ourselves ambitious targets by developing a new training facility.  Our aim is to further expand junior and womens cricket in 2023 and our current facilities are not fit for purpose as the club develops.  We are aiming to raise £15,000 by June and are once again seeking your support to our crowdfund target.  Any help you can give would be amazing … and there are loads of rewards (including social membership, raffles etc) for any pledge!!

 

Pledge to support new training facilities

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