Message from the Chairman

Chairman – John Evans

I wanted to bring everyone up to speed on the situation the club finds itself in during these difficult times. We held a board meeting via Zoom last week to discuss many important issues.

It is unclear to what extent there we will be any cricket this year and the season will be severely restricted.  This is the disappointing outlook especially given the weather and how superb our two grounds look. As a result, it has been agreed that all member subscriptions (playing and social) will be waived this season for the period covering 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. 

Steps have been taken to reduce costs and the Club should just about manage to ‘get through’ until next season, let’s hope we can then put this period behind us. Despite this we do still have some overheads which need to be paid. Most of you will know by now that the Ball and the Beer Festival have had to be cancelled this year. This obviously is a great disappointment both socially and financially. These are our major fundraisers and usually help massively in the finances of the club. It is planned to come back bigger and better in 2021.

Obviously with no revenue coming in we have decided to ask our membership to consider giving donations. Whilst it is recognised that some will be affected financially by the crisis, any donations, of whatever size, would be greatly appreciated, as this this will help ‘shore up’ the Club finances and help us to move forward as a Club next year in a positive manner.

There is no compulsion to make donations of course and any amounts given are donated freely.  Any donations are not subscriptions and do not confer subscription rights.  

As a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), donations benefit from Gift Aid as long as the donor is UK resident and pays sufficient tax to cover the gift.  For example, the Club is able to reclaim £25 Gift Aid on a gift of £100, resulting in a total receipt of £125 for a ‘net cost’ to the individual of £100.  A higher rate taxpayer in this example would be able to reclaim additional tax relief of £25, resulting in the Club receiving £125 in exchange for a ‘net cost’ of £75.

To enable Gift Aid to be claimed, a completed copy of the attached Gift Aid Declaration should be sent to the Treasurer, Mike Fishwick, ideally scanned by email if possible.  Mike’s email is mikeanthonyfishwick@yahoo.co.uk

Donations can either be made by cheque or ideally by direct credit payment online and the payee details are shown in the attached Gift Aid Declaration.

Any help will be most gratefully received in these difficult times. Finally and most importantly please stay safe or stay alert and make sure all the Frocester family come out on the other side of this difficult situation.

Best Wishes

John Evans
Chairman.