Like many other clubs and associations the past year has been very challenging both financially and operationally. We have recorded a small operating loss which was not entirely unexpected given the economic climate but it is one that the management committee feel is manageable. Despite the spiralling energy prices the work we have undertaken during the last year will ensure we should not be crippled with the massive increases we have had to bear in the last two years. A major project to install a new heating system and introduce energy efficient lighting was completed successfully and we have already seen the benefits both from a cost as well as an operational perspective. I would like to thank in particular Keith Martin for managing this project so successfully. We have also been able to negotiate better deals with energy companies that have now came into effect and this will help us in the longer term.
During the year we have seen significant developments to club facilities with impressive new training nets for cricketers and major court refurbishments for squash. Both sections have to be commended for the successful way in which their projects were completed. We have also upgraded our website which has had over 10,000 hits in the first 9 months and now averages more than 40 hits a day. The man behind this success is H Farries and the club is indebted to Hugh for the amount of work and time he has spent to ensure we have a user friendly, professional website. Although it has been a difficult year we have managed to show a small increase in membership subscriptions with membership numbers generally on a par with last year. The Management Committee would also like to thank individual sections for their financial contributions during the year and it is particularly heartwarming to see all sections getting together for the good of the club especially given the difficult times we have at present.
Finally, I would like to thank all members of the Management Committee for their hard work and unending enthusiasm throughout the year and would hope their efforts are as appreciated by the wider membership as they are by me.
Enjoy your sport,