Saturday, 12 June 2021

Chairman steps down at Kidmore

KIDMORE END chairman John Sheldon has stepped down from his post at the club.

KIDMORE END chairman John Sheldon has stepped down from his post at the club.

Sheldon announced the news at the club’s annual general meeting held in the pavilion at Gallowstree Common.

The meeting opened with the members remembering clubmen John Mulholland and Andy Rollins who passed away this year.

Chairman John Sheldon reflected on what had been a good year for the club, the performances of the senior teams much improved on 2014 and with both the first and second teams narrowly missing out on promotion.

The club is also in a sound financial position and the treasurer Alan Pigden was congratulated for his stewardship here.

Several new young players emerged and played pivotal roles in matches throughout the season and this bodes well for 2016. The junior section benefited from the professional coaching services of Performance Cricket both in pre-season and during the normal season and it is clear that strong foundations have been established for 2016.

John Sheldon then announced that he was standing down as chairman following 34 years of loyal service.

Club president Fred Curzon delivered a fitting tribute to John as he described his tenure “as being a period of the club which has at times been exciting as well as challenging.

“However it has also been a time during which we have sadly witnessed the decline and demise of several local cricket clubs.

“Kidmore End have not only kept going but have enjoyed success and expansion and maintained a high standard both on and off the field. Much of the club’s success has been due to John’s inspirational leadership, energy and foresight.

“John’s greatest achievement is probably the new pavilion at Gallowstree Common as in tandem with Roddy Young of the Kidmore End Parish Council, it is difficult to see how this building could have been built without the money that John persuaded various individuals, the England and Wales Cricket Board and other organisations to part with.”

The main officers of the committee for 2016 will see Mark New take over as chairman and Jeff Sheldon taking on the role of vice-chairman. Fred Curzon continues as president, David New as secretary and Alan Pigden as treasurer. Nick Holroyd remains in office as junior cricket officer.

On the field James Frost continues as first team Saturday captain and Guy Ashby as vice-captain. All the other teams have new leadership as Chris Pigden takes over as Saturday second team captain with Joe Webster as vice-captain, Todd Butler replaces Mark Beddow as Saturday third team captain with Will Patey becoming vice-captain. Jake Easton replaces Guy Ashby as the Sunday captain.

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