Exciting Times! A message from the President

Exciting times have arrived at Penn Cricket Club!

Work has now started on the major project to convert the old scout hut building into a new Club Lounge, Bar and community meeting facility. When completed this will provide a better social facility with enhanced viewing of the cricket, and also for the wider community an excellent room to hire for smaller society meetings, children’s parties and many other events. In turn this should provide the Club with an enhanced income to guarantee its future.

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In addition the long-awaited drainage works have now been completed on the outfield and outside the boundary fence. Two large sumps and a land drain have been installed which will hopefully solve our long-term problem and also enable us to reclaim the outfield.

The re-entry of the Club into the Staffs Club Cricket Championship has also encouraged an influx of new players, several of whom are very experienced and have played at a high level. We can hopefully therefore look forward to a rewarding season.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet you at the ground, whether you are an existing or prospective new sponsor, player or spectator, and hope that you will enjoy the ambiance of a family-orientated and community-based local cricket club.

John Fellows
President
Penn Cricket Club.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The club is currently recruiting for two positions at the Club, Head Groundsman and Club Scorer.

Position of Head Groundsman

Penn Cricket Club, an ECB Clubmark accredited cricket club based in Penn, Wolverhampton is seeking a Head Groundsman for their main ground at Mount Road.

The club plays in the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship League Premier, Premier A and 1st Divisions and has been in existence for over 100 years.

The club require a groundsman to look after the main square and lead an enthusiastic team of grounds staff to maintain the outfield and surrounds. A financial package is available for the right person dependant on experience and availability.

Please forward your interest / CV to Club Secretary, John Marshall. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to make contact on the email address or telephone number below.

To apply, please email your CV/Interest to Club Secretary, John Marshall –  jj.penncc@gmail.com – or call him on 07850 253671

Closing date Friday 20th February 2015  


Position of Club Scorer

A Club Scorer is required for the 2015 season to work with the 1st XI.

They would be required to be available for home and away matches to score each match and report updates and results to the league representative.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in a Premier Division setup in a successful community club.

For further information please contact Club Secretary, John Marshall

To register your interest, please email Club Secretary, John Marshall –  jj.penncc@gmail.com – or call him on 07850 253671

Farewell Sir Jack – A Tribute

It was with great sadness that on Tuesday afternoon we learned of the passing of a true Wolverhampton Great. A man that meant so much to this city and of course his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Today Molineux will rise to celebrate the life of this truly remarkable man and ensure that his legacy will never be forgotten.

So who was ‘Union Jack’, and how did engrave himself in to legend status.

Born on June 14, 1923, less than half a mile from Molineux Stadium, Jack was only five years old when he first crawled under the turnstiles to watch his team.

Hayward (centre) stand with supporters during a Wolves game back in 1991

His final match was Jody Craddock’s testimonial in May, two days after Wolves beat Carlisle to gain promotion to the Championship with a record points haul.

He was the man who rescued his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers from ruin, spent £60million on securing their return to the top flight, then sold the club for £10 to secure more investment.

He was the man who donated so much to charity that Wolves staff will need to sift through pages and pages to calculate the final total. He was the man who demanded staff wear a tie on match days.

Sir Jack Hayward died on Tuesday, aged 91. There may never be another football-club owner quite like him.

Sir Jack bought Wolves for £2m in 1990 and spent far more trying to reach the Premier League, a dream realised for a single season in 2003.

Four years later he sold up to Steve Morgan for just a tenner, on the proviso that the new custodian would pump in £30million.

It was a decision that caused deep divisions within Sir Jack’s family but ensured a prosperous future for the club. Their fabulous stadium, which fell impeccably silent for a minute of respect before Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Fulham, is testimony to that. As is the pristine training ground bearing Sir Jack’s name.

Based predominantly in the Bahamas, the islands where he made his £160m fortune through developing the city of Freeport, he was nevertheless unfailingly patriotic, earning the nickname Union Jack through sustained philanthropy over many years.

After battling illness for several months, Sir Jack passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jez Moxey, Wolves chief executive since 2000, paid tribute to his friend.

‘He was an all-round good guy and we are heartbroken at his loss,’ said Moxey. ‘He was the most generous-hearted, kind man you could ever want to meet. But he also had a ruthless streak that was as tough as anyone.

‘He was very principled. Certain things other people didn’t think were important were very important to him. I remember Derek Harrington, the vice-chairman, said to me: “Jez, on match day make sure you wear a tie. Sir Jack demands it”.

‘The club could have gone out of business at the time he stepped in. It certainly would not have been nurtured and loved the way it has to create what we have now.

‘Unfortunately, a lot of people measure football simply by league position, how many points you have got. But he had a philanthropic approach to it, as an asset for the city, to be saved for the fans, and managed in a way befitting of him as a patriot of the club.

‘We’ve tried to do that. Sir Jack’s influence remains as strong today as it was when he was the chairman.’

At times during his tenure, Sir Jack, whose generosity extended to buying Lundy Island for the National Truest, regretted the way he had let his heart rule his head on how money was invested — famously labelling himself the ‘Golden Tit’ in 1999.

But, spurred on by the glory years he witnessed in the 1950s, he continued to invest and was at the Millennium Stadium in 2003 to see Wolves beat Sheffield United in the play-off final to reach the Premier League.

‘He lived in Whitmore Reans, a stone’s throw from Molineux, and used to climb under the turnstiles to watch his heroes,’ recalled Moxey. ‘He went on to fulfil a lifelong dream of owning the club.’

From all at Penn Cricket Club, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sir Jack…  Farewell Sir Jack…Rest In Peace

NOTICE!

NOTICE!

We are pleased to announce, that due to receiving a grant from Sport England for £60,000, the club will not be available to hire between the dates of Monday 12th January 2015 to Friday 3rd April 2015, while our brand new Function and Conference Rooms are constructed.

If you are interested in hiring a room in the new facility please register your interest and we will get back to you with further information.

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Winter Update and Dates

Happy New Year from all at Penn Cricket Club.

As the New Year starts, already work is underway on the many projects that will be on show in 2015 at Penn CC.

Drainage

Work has halted for a short period on the drainage project at the lower end of the ground due to inclement weather. The majority of the ground work is done and the team from Wolverhampton Council need another two dry days to finish this particular longstanding problem area. Hopefully 2015 brings us some dry days early on.

New Club Pavilion project

Work has begun on the new club pavilion.

The funding in place, architects plans accepted, the builders selected and as of last weekend the majority of the old scout hut was cleared inside and out in preparation of the arrival of the builders to commence work on Monday 12th January 2015, on what will be a great facility for the club to generate valuable income for many years to come.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting is taking place this Friday, 9th January. This is a chance for all club members to recap on the work and endeavors of 2014 and look to the future and prospects in 2015. It is important for all club members to be a part of Your clubs future! so please do your best to attend and make a positive impact on the direction of the club in 2015.

Senior Winter Nets

Winter Nets begins for Senior Teams on Sunday 18th January at 10am and will run weekly through till April. It will be at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road.

Junior Winter Coaching

Starts Wednesday Wednesday 21st January from 5:30 till 7pm at The Royal School, Wolverhampton.

Aimed at Boys and Girls aged 8-12 years old.

For more information please click on the image below.

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