Club Update: Chairman's blog Issue 9

Updates on what's been happening, what's to come and other news......

Hi everyone
The start of the 2016 season is just a few weeks away now with so much to look forward to. I was going to start this blog by updating you on some of the behind-the-scenes work in readiness for the start of the season but, 
as some of you may have seen already on social media, I was lucky enough to be at The Civic Centre yesterday to see Ross Allen & Gavin Pointer collect the Dartfordian Medal from Leader Jeremy Kite & Mayor Ian Armitt on behalf of the 1st XI for their heroics at the game with Linden Park last year. This is a very significant honour for the Club and those involved and I know you will join me in congratulating them. I will ensure the medal and certificate is appropriately displayed in the Pavilion in due course. 

Work got under way on Monday to provide safe access to complete the landscaping round the nets. By the 16th April, it should be complete (weather permitting). As part of this work the pedestrian gate to the Pilgrims way end will be reinstated helping to direct people round the square protecting that particularly during the week. There will also an area along the front of the nets where we want to install some benches for spectators and park users.

The cost off this work is not insignificant c£20,000 and has been made possible thanks to a £10,000 grant from Dartford Council, further demonstrating the great relationship we have with them and the faith they show in us for what we stand for, what we try to do and the part we play in the community. We really shouldn't under estimated just how much support we have had from our Council over the last few years, not just the £1 million for the Pavilion but they have also backed our schools coaching program for a 3rd year this year with a further £6,000 award. If you see Jeremy Kite out and about please take the opportunity to thank him

Door Entry System/Membership system
I mentioned this last edition and we think we have now found the right system to provide a more secure and controlled access to the Pavilion which links to our new membership system and DCC Club App. This all means that as well as using a new membership card to unlock the doors you will be able to pay for purchases in the Pavilion including discounted bar prices, as well as tickets and membership subscriptions whilst giving us better control over cash. I have seen a demonstration of how this will work and it will revolutionise how we do things but I want to also make sure that the needs of all members (the technical and the less so) are fully recognised and catered for. I am hoping that by the time we ask you to pay your annual subscription in April that this will all be ready and we can issue your membership card, or even ask you to pay electronically, but we have a period of concept testing to go through and some logistical things to sort first.

NatWest Cricket Force Day
Whilst completion of the landscaping largely completes the main external developments at Hesketh Park for now, there are still lots of those jobs that need to be done every year in readiness for the season ahead.

This year we are holding our Cricket Force event on the morning of Saturday 16th April and as always we need as many people as possible to come along and help. There are no particular skills needed, just a willing mind and body and some old clothes. Please make every effort to lend a hand, we start at 9am and hope to be finished by 12 ready for the 1st practice game. 

Gareth Johnson's Charity Cricket & Fun Day - 10th July
After a break last year because of the election we will once again be teaming up with our local MP Gareth Johnson to host his annual charity cricket match and fun day at our Club. This event, which is hugely popular will give us another fantastic opportunity to showcase our new pavilion and facilities.

As in previous years, all proceeds will be shared between the Arrow Riding Centre and the Club. Founded in 1982, the Dartford-based Arrow Riding Centre charity is run by volunteers and provides valuable therapy and riding lessons to
individuals and special needs schools. Each year the centre, which is self-funding, has to raise in excess of £140,000 and this event plays a small part in helping to raise these vital funds.
This year’s event will start at 9.30am on Sunday, July 10, with a series of kwik cricket matches for under 9s, followed by the main match at 1.30pm when a select Dartford XI team will take on a Gareth Johnson XI.
As well as watching play, visitors can enjoy a variety of performances by local groups and there will be a number of charity stalls running throughout the day. There will be entertainment for children including a bouncy castle and face painting as well as refreshments for all on sale. This event is a real family occasion for people to come, relax and enjoy cricket on a summer afternoon in aid of a really worthwhile cause.

I hope to see the match well supported by our cricketing family as well as the wider community and I hope we can raise as much money as possible for such a fantastic cause.  Anyone who would like to donate raffle prizes, books, DVDs or bric-a-brac to sell on the day, please email me. We also need volunteers to help out on the day so if you can donate some time, again please let me know.
South Africa Tour 
Since my last blog we have returned from an amazing trip to the fabulous city of Cape Town, South Africa. We played 4 games while were out there as well as taking in some of the sights such as Table Mountain and Robben Island and also managed to see England play SA at Newlands, twice! Whilst we were soundly beaten in each of the 4 games I couldn't have been prouder of the performances of the players particular the Dartford boys

The strength of the opposition took even me by surprise. I knew they would be good but some of the players would probably comfortably play in our 2nd team at 13/14. The schools we played against were also some of the top schools in SA and were half way through their season so they also had the benefit of playing c20/30 games already so they were all well drilled whereas we only had nets to practise skills in.

There was a huge amount to learn for the boys and for me. Other than the opposition's pure ability levels, two things that really struck me from the trip were
  • The very different culture and approach to fitness,  mental strength and team spirit. If I could, it's something I would love to change about the way we live as a nation. I know sometimes we don't necessarily have the climate to encourage everyone to be outdoors all the time but 95% of the players we played against were real athletes and see being fit and healthy as just a natural part of their development and give it the appropriate focus. Sometimes we make excuses for not instilling this into our young people and don't always set the right example ourselves.
  • Their young people are also schooled in the art of communication and respect. I know we were playing the best schools and i'm not saying we didn't have polite, erudite lads but everyone I spoke to was articulate and i've never been called sir so often. Each captain was even required to make a speech after the game (the look of shock on our captain's faces when I said they had to respond was priceless!).
All in all it was a brilliant trip and I will ask each of the lads to give their reflections and something they would do differently as a result of the trip for the next blog. I would like to thank Dan, Josh, Joel, Callum & George personally for the way they behaved, the way they embraced the experience  and for helping make it a great experience for me too. Finally a huge thank you must go to the parents for making the trip happen by paying the bills and taking them to and from the weekly practice sessions in the run up to the trip.
Club Dinner
On Saturday we had the 1st Annual Club Dinner in the new Pavilion and it was a great night. It was one of the best supported dinners in many years so thank you to all those that came along.
It was great to have such a good spread of representation from across the Club with a good number of Life Members and Vice Presidents, senior players, junior players & parents as well as social members and guests.It was particularly great to have Jim Fish, one of our longest standing members, on hand to give those in attendance some insight into who  Frank Harris & Teddy Harron were before presenting the Harris Harron award (the junior member who has made the most impact in senior cricket) to Henry Clark. The Gordon Morris, 1st XI Player of The Year was also presented to Gavin Pointer by President Mike Cullingham  

A big thanks also goes to the organisers, in particular Sam Bright, Sandra Bright and Shaun Parker 
Event Diary
  • Junior Nets - Venue; North Kent College Wilmington
Years 1 to 5 - Sat 10.30am-11.30am, 6th Feb to 9th Apr
Years 6+ - REVISED TIMES - From Weds 10th Feb to 13th April 5.30-7.30pm
until next time....


This is fourteen days notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting that will be held on 17th October 2021 at Hesketh Park pavilion with a start time of 12. Read more..

Limited numbers so book your place at the Club dinner now. Read more..

We have a brilliant weekend in store at the Club. Read more..

We are delighted to announce two DCC members have been shortlisted for The Cricketer Magazine's Pride of Cricket awards! Read more..

As you will know, this Sunday is our President's game to celebrate Mike Cullingham's long-standing commitment to the club. Read more..

DCC to play Holmesdale on 20th August. Read more..

Status confirms DCC is a safe Club for children to play at. Read more..

As you will be aware from previous notices, the President's Game on 29th August is fast approaching. Read more..

The Club has sourced some traditional caps which are available for all players to purchase. Read more..

Details of our sponsor for this Saturday's game at Hesketh Park. Read more..

Looking ahead to our match against Tunbridge Wells. Read more..

One of our members, Joel Constant, has decided to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (just the 5,895 metres above sea level! Read more..

We are delighted to learn that 1XI bowler Barney Ford has been selected to play for London and South East Under 15 at the prestigious Bunbury Festival this summer. Read more..

All the details about our match sponsor for the game at Hesketh Park on Saturday (31st July). Read more..

This Sunday England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final which is an 8pm kick-off. Read more..

Over the past few weeks we have been planning the introduction of live-streaming matches at Hesketh Park. Read more..

A message from Harry Bright following last weekend. Read more..

An update from our Chairman including details on an EGM, a club evening and a day to honour Mick Cullingham's service. Read more..

An important update from Sam Bright. Read more..

Important notice regarding our facilities for all members. Read more..

Details of how you can book sessions for your child(ren) during the current climate. Read more..

All the important details you need to become a member of DCC for this season. Read more..

An important update for members ahead of the 2021 season. Read more..

DCC remember the contribution of Derek Ufton to the club. Read more..

The Club are sad to report that Des Gunner has passed away at the age of 79. Read more..

We are delighted to announce that our new range of Masuri club kit is now available to buy. Read more..

We have been asked to pass on details of a new initiative launched by a junior parent who has had a long association with the club in recent years. Read more..

Find out who the lucky winners are in recent months. Read more..

Just over a week ago, in early January, DCC lost a good friend and supporter of the club to the Covid crisis. Read more..

Here are all our winners of the 200 Club lottery so far this year. Read more..

Get ready to take part in the US Masters golf sweepstake for DCC! Read more..

Are you planning on starting your Christmas shopping soon? Read more..

An update on the pavilion for this Saturday from Sam Bright. Read more..

A message from our good friends and sponsors at Alan Ellis Financial Services. Read more..

Message to all Dartford Cricket Club members from the President and Management Committee regarding COVID-19 – 03 April 2020. Read more..

An update from the club regaring the current coronavirus outbreak. Read more..

Many of our members will have already seen guidance from ECB suspending all club cricket related activities until further notice. Read more..

On Friday 1st May Surge's annual quiz will return by popular demand! Read more..

Information regarding indoor nets for all senior players for 2020. Read more..

Find out if you were a lucky winner in our festive 200 club lottery draw. Read more..

Come and join us for some nibbles and drinks at the club! Read more..

Fancy's annual Christmas 70's and 80's party is back! Read more..

This is notice that Dartford Cricket Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 12 noon at Hesketh Park. Read more..

We are delighted to announce both our winners for our October draw! Read more..

As the nights draw in it's time to start thinking about preparing for the 2020 season! Read more..

We are disappointed to announce our Rugby World Cup breakfast this Saturday (12th) has been cancelled. Read more..

The Club are sad to report the passing of Alan ‘Hughsie’ Hughes a few weeks ago. Read more..

Next Saturday (12th October) we will be hosting our first Rugby World Cup breakfast at the Club. Read more..

Time to celebrate the senior cricket season. Read more..

On Saturday 5th October 2019 we will be hosting our club Dinner Dance for this year. Read more..

As you will have read on various Whatsapp groups, Junior Presentation day is fast approaching and will take place on Sunday 15th September. Read more..

This week's round-up of all results within the club is available now. Read more..

This week's round-up of all results within the club is available now. Read more..

Our first round-up of all results within the club over the weekend. Read more..

Next Saturday (20th July) the Club will be honouring the contribution of our late member Ken Walter to coincide with the 1XI game against The Mote. Read more..

All the details for our exciting World Cup Family Cricket Day, open to all members and their families. Read more..

We are excited to announce our match day sponsorship scheme is back for this season after the success of last year. Read more..

We will be showing two huge nights of football for English football at Hesketh Park in the coming weeks. Read more..

Further to the email to all junior parents, there will be no junior training tonight (Monday 6th May) due to the Bank Holiday. Read more..

The Club are delighted to announce the signing of Sri-Lankan all-rounder Malinda Thotiwilage. Read more..

An update from the Chairman ahead of the new season. Read more..

All the confirmed dates and times for our junior outdoor training programme for this coming season. Read more..

With the clocks having moved forward at the weekend, we are already leaping towards the start of the new cricket season. Read more..

A message from the Chairman about the 2019 subscription rates. Read more..

All the details about our Signing-On and Natwest Cricket Force day on Saturday 6th April. Read more..

The lucky winners for our first draws of 2019 are as follows. Read more..

We are delighted to announce we once again an All Stars Cricket centre for 2019. Read more..

Catch up with everything that's been going on in the junior section here. Read more..

Next month we are planning to open the pavilion to all members and their families to come and enjoy a packed schedule of sport including England's tour of the West Indies, Six Nations rugby and Premier League football. Read more..

I honestly enjoy the successes of others as much as my own and that’s what underpins this club. Read more..

The Club would like to pass its best wishes on to Kent cricket legend Derek Ufton. Read more..

Find out who the lucky winners are for our festive 200 club draw. Read more..

An open meeting of the junior cricket section will be held at the pavilion on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 8pm. Read more..

For those of you that were unable to attend the Club AGM, the Club are delighted to announce that Michelle Slater and Nicola Clark have agreed to co-chair the junior section. Read more..

All the details about Santa's very special visit to the club on Thursday 13th December. Read more..

On Sunday 23rd December the Club will be open for members to come and enjoy a drink for a catch-up over the Christmas period. Read more..

Information about an initiative called Cards for Good Causes which the club are happy to promote this Christmas. Read more..

Details about the Club AGM which will take place on Sunday 9th December at 12 noon at Hesketh Park Pavillion. Read more..

We catch up with former overseas players Mat Cox who chats about his time at the club and his new venture back home. Read more..

With the evenings becoming darker and darker the cricket season and warm weather now feels like a lifetime ago! Read more..

Do you know your Jersey Royal from your King Edward? Read more..

The biggest (and best) club event of the year is back! Read more..

On Saturday 15th September we welcome New Ash Green CC to Hesketh Park for a 30 over friendly. Read more..

Fines, laughs and ducks - it's time to celebrate the 2018 season. Read more..

Details about a slight change of plan to the junior training schedule. Read more..

Find out who the lucky winners are for the June, July and August 2018 200 club lottery draw. Read more..

A chance to celebrate the season's successes with the presentation of trophies and two inter-club matches - get ready parents. Read more..

Details about our match-day sponsor for the 1XI home fixture against HSBC this Saturday. Read more..

Details about the return of our successful community fun-day this Summer. Read more..

Some important information about the restructuring of both the Kent Cricket and Kent Regional leagues. Read more..

We are delighted to announce, following-on from the success of last season’s trip, that we are offering a junior trip to the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury once again. Read more..

Details of an important change to senior training and a new signing. Read more..

Details about our prestigious bi-annual fixture against the MCC which takes place on Sunday 10th June at Hesketh Park. Read more..

Come and enjoy some hot food and footy at the Club this summer. Read more..

Check out some photos from such a beautiful day at Hesketh Park in aid of a great charity. Read more..

Details about our 80's disco night - get your fancy dress ready and support your club. Read more..

Details about Surge's Big Quiz which returns by popular demand for 2018. Read more..

Details on today's match day sponsor and how to get involved in the future. Read more..

New 1XI captain John Smyth is relishing the oppurtunity to lead his group of players in the 2018 season. Read more..

The Club are delighted to announce we are an All Stars Cricket centre for 2018. Read more..

  Our Natwest Cricket Force Day 2018 will take place on Saturday 7th April at Hesketh Park from 9am. Read more..

Details about our upcoming signing-on day on Sunday 8th April 2018. Read more..

Find out where you can order the latest Club kit so you can wear the Dartford badge with pride this summer. Read more..

A pre-season message from the junior head coach reflecting on winter nets so far and previewing the upcoming season. Read more..

1st team bowler David Crawley has been lucky enough to travel to Australia this Winter and play club cricket in the beautiful state of Victoria. Read more..

Please see an important message from Dave Walker, Chairman of cricket, regarding our winter training programme. Read more..

All the details about Seniors winter training which begins in January 2018. Read more..

Find out who the lucky winners are for the October, November and December 200 Club and how you can get involved to win up to £100. Read more..

Please find below details of our winter training programme starting in January 2018 at North Kent College, Oakfield Lane. Read more..

Details on the upcoming Club events to close out the year on a high. Read more..

Make sure you get your voice heard at our AGM which takes place on Sunday 10th December 2017. Read more..

Thinking caps at the ready! Read more..

Find out who took home the awards at the annual club Captain's Table - features an interview with the club's player of the year! Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for Summer 2017 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Details about an exciting piece of historic club memorabilia that has recently come to light. Read more..

Details about the final few club events of the season including Captain's table, Dinner Dance and a Christmas get-together. Read more..

Please see details about this year's Dinner Dance, back by popular demand! Read more..

Important notice concerning all those that own the 'old' style Mercedes-Benz Dartford playing shirts. Read more..

Deatils of this year's junior presentation day - please make every effort to attend and celebrate the season. Read more..

It's that time of the year again when fantasy football comes around. Read more..

Details of our upcoming family fun-day for all the local community to enjoy - it's not all about the cricket either!. Read more..

The club welcomed new sponsors Buildbase to the club for the first time. Read more..

For Saturday's 2XI game versus Folkesone we were delighted to welcome Ayeesha Khan from St James's Place as sponsors for the fixture. Read more..

Enjoy a short video we made recapping the events of our lashings All Stars event on Friday 30th June 2017. Read more..

How do you fancy a trip to see Kent Spitfires in action in a T20 blast against Somerset at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury on Thursday 27th July at 18:30PM? Read more..

Match sponsorship for todays second XI fixture against Hartley CC.. Read more..

An exciting oppurtunity to be a part of our new scheme. Read more..

A big thank you to all those that turned out to help support the club. Read more..

Details of our latest annual quiz night which is back by popular demand. Read more..

The club will be hosting a Real Ale night once again on Friday 31st March 2017 at Hesketh Park. Read more..

A round-up of the latest news and events of the club. Read more..

It is with sadness that we report the death of Roy Osmond at the age of 87. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for February 2017 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Details of the pre-season drinks event on Saturday 18th March. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for January 2017 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for November and December 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for October 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for August & September 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Starting Friday 4th November 2016 at Hesketh Park - 7. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for June & July 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for April & May 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Updates on what's been happening, what's to come and other news. Read more..

The 200 Club Lottery has been drawn for February & March 2016 - find out who the lucky winners are. Read more..

Updates on the bar, junior teams performance, completion of the new nets, discounted club kit for sale and other news. Read more..

Notice is given to members of an EGM on the 23rd February. Read more..

AGM - 4th January 2015 Notice is given to members of the 2014 AGM to be held in the Pavilion, Hesketh Park at 12. Read more..

Details of the cricket and general sports camps we are running through the Christmas holiday with some former cricket and football pros. Read more..

Anyone who has been past Hesketh Park in the last 2 weeks won't have failed to notice the large crane that's operating onsite. Read more..

Here are a few pictures from the day, which resulted in a good win for Kent against Sussex. Read more..

What a great day last Sunday 6th July was for The Club, despite the early weather! Read more..

A general update on the new pavilion, signing on night, outdoor training, membership fees and Cricket Force. Read more..

Four days of top coaching with three guest coaches - Vince Wells, Grahame Clinton and David Ward - all former county players. Read more..

Junior Academy Awards for 2013 Congratulations to all our award winners. Read more..

Dartford host Kent Cricket Board's under 9 Mini Super 8s County Finals day at Hesketh Park. Read more..

Dartford juniors line up at Kia Oval for England v New Zealand international. Read more..

This Sunday 30th June sees Dartford host the third annual MP's charity match in aid of the club and Arrow Riding Centre. Read more..

To reach the Plate Final of the Bexley U11 Festival and lose by a solitary run was quite simply an amazing achievement by the team. Read more..

MP Gareth Johnson's Charity Cricket Match, in aid of the Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled and Dartford Cricket Club, will take place on 30th June at Hesketh Park. Read more..

The first club cap presentation took place at signing on day with 22 current players from across the four adult teams receiving recognition for their contribution on the cricket field. Read more..

Well done to Alex Farmer who this week was presented with The Dartfordian award and Medal by The Leader of Dartford Council Jeremy Kite. Read more..

Kent Cricket Board and The County Club are running a One Game event at Canterbury on 23rd March. Read more..

A reminder that adult nets continue. Read more..

Details of our junior winter indoor coaching sessions for school years 1-10, starting in January. Read more..

Kent Cricket Board's under 9 Mini Super 8s County Finals day saw 24 Cricket Clubs converge on Hesketh Park. Read more..

Congratulations to all our award winners - those who were there on the night were presented with their trophies by DCC chairman Jim Lowrie. Read more..

The parents team cruised to their second successive victory in the annual Parents versus Juniors fun match. Read more..

I'd like to thank all of those of you who made time to come along to be involved in and support Sunday's charity cricket festival and helped make the day a great success. Read more..

Come along to Hesketh Park this Friday evening to watch Dartford take on Harvel in the Kent Cricket League 20/20 competition. Read more..

It is under one month now until the Charity Cricket Festival we are hosting with Gareth Johnson in aid of The Club and Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled. Read more..

The Club would like to extend an invitation to all members and their guests to join us in watching the upcoming Euro 2012 championship on the big screen at Hesketh Park. Read more..

As some of you may know or have seen in the latest Club newsletter, 4th June 2012 will be a very special day for one of the club's longest, and still playing, members. Read more..

The poor weather throughout most of April has continued into May and disrupted the start of the 2012 season. Read more..

The April 2012 edition of the club newsletter is out and available to download below. Read more..

The Sainsbury’s store in Dartford donated £500 towards the running and development of the Junior Academy through the company’s community grant scheme. Read more..

Works to improve the quality of the outfield at Hesketh Park are underway. Read more..

Our club history

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