Officiating Matters – February 20

News from GACUS                                                                           February 2020

Firstly a very warm welcome to those new members who have joined GACUS since the end of last season.  Hopefully, there’ll be a few more after the Stage 1 and 2 training.  Your GACUS Officers and their teams are already actively preparing for the season ahead with several exciting new ventures planned.

From April, there will be a monthly edition of Officiating Matters right through to October.

Congratulations Darren

The New Year started with the fantastic news that Darren Turl has been accepted onto the National Panel for 2020.  This is well-deserved recognition of Darren’s skills as a top umpire.

AGM Notice

A reminder that the AGM is set for Wednesday March 18th at the Victory Club in Cheltenham.  Formal notice will go out in the next few weeks, but put the date in your diary.   Please submit any nominations for officers in writing with a seconder and the agreement of the member.  The meeting’s a week after Race Week, so no excuses!

Briefing for Mentors

Those of you who are already mentoring colleagues have been given the date of Tuesday 25th February for a session at the Victory Club.  This is also for people who would interested in finding out more and would like to get involved.  Under Clive Poulton’s guidance the number of you acting as mentors and being mentors has grown year on year and what we are doing is attracting attention from other counties.  So why not come along? If you like what you hear and what to give it a go, Clive is willing to organise and introductory session before the season starts.  Give Clive a call for more information.

Pre-season Seminar – Tuesday April 28th

Another date for your diary is the important gathering at 7.30pm at Hatherley & Reddings CC.  The bar will be open from 7pm and we will cover everything to prepare scorers and umpires for the season ahead.

GACUS nominated charities for 2020 Those of you who were at the fantastic Awards Night in 2020 are already aware that your committee have decided to support a charity for the year, with money collected at our social events during the year.  We are focussing where we can on cricket and Gloucestershire.  We launched this back in October have two nominated charities for 2020 as we’ve started early!.  These are the Gloucestershire CCC Heritage Trust (this is the county’s 150th anniversary year) and the Gloucestershire Cricket Trust, which the GCB supports as they provide support to schools and young people with cricket costs. We got off to a great start at the Awards Night with well over £100 raised.

Talking of money…

Most of you pay your annual subscriptions to both ACO and GACUS directly from your accounts.  If you don’t please note that we cannot start appointing you without ACO membership, which was due last week.  The GACUS Sub of just £8 per year just covers our running costs and helps towards the cost of things that are free to members, such as the seminars and the Awards evening.  Many payments have already come in and will continue to do so until April, but if you don’t have a Standing Order, please set up your payment to GACUS – Account Number 01346358 Sort Code 30-91-87.  If you trained last year you would have received this monthly newsletter, as membership is free for the first year, but you will need to complete the membership application on the GACUS website.

Paul Hathaway is in the London Marathon!                     

Paul Hathaway, one of umpires, has asked me to send you this message.

“I have been one of the ‘lucky’ 40,000 people out of 480,000 to have been accepted into the 2020 London Marathon. I have chosen to run in aid of Cancer Research UK as I feel we all know someone who has been affected by this illness. It can affect anyone of us; young, old, male and female and I would like to think that by running a few miles, I can help raise some money and perhaps in the future we can find a cure.

 If you feel you are able to sponsor me then please follow the link below, and thank you for helping beat cancer.”

Good luck Paul in your training and on the day and hopefully many GACUS members will support him in this!