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Snow—heaven or havoc?
Most of us love the snow. Well
strictly speaking most of us love the
romantic thought of snow. It’s that
New York Central Park thing isn’t it.
Lovers strolling, skaters gliding, preppie
scarves flying and heads tossed back in
laughter—that totally wholesome
white teeth movie scenario. Except it’s
not quite like that is it.
This year we got our first taste,
in however many years, of real snow
and we hadn’t even put it on the
agenda. It just sneeked up and bit us on
the bottom giving us all a huge shock—
well at least those of us that only ever use the five-day forecast in summer to decide whether to invite
the neighbours in for the impromptu planned barbecue.
Not only that, but it had the nerve to stick around for a while, lasting way beyond the semi-
justifiable ‘I’m-working-from-home’ two days, even beyond the whole three days worth of grit the council
had worked so hard to amass over 12 months. And even past the five days the cat sat crossing its legs by
Grand Superdraw the back door. But we did have some fun after all.
You can’t beat a good snowball fight, bombing down the road on
Winners a bin lid and building the obligatory snowman and that’s just the adults!
And for that prolonged snapshot of the kids’ excitement, the British ca-
The Caldy Sports Club quarterly
maraderie that manifests itself in checking on the elderly and infirm, get-
Grand Superdraw took place at the ting the shoulder to the rear end and pushing people out of trouble and
Clubhouse on the 19th February when what we really excel at—talking about the weather, there is no substi-
hopefuls gathered around the fires and tute. We did love it, didn’t we? For
a bowl of Wylie chillie to await the a more practical and certainly more Caldy RFC
announcement which was: interesting look at how it affected
1st prize ƒ1,000 Mrs. Angela Brooke the Rugby Club, read Dickie Smith’s Ninth Past players
2nd Prize ƒ500 and Roger Flashman’s comments on
3rd prize ƒ250 p.4.
For details of how you can make sure And the Cricket Club—well
you’re in with a chance in the Caldy they’re just sitting back and waiting
Captains Lunch
Sports Club Superdraw call
to feel the sun on their whites. Saturday 17th April
Mike Ruddock on 606 9975 or
John Bailey on 625 3357 Paton Marquee

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If you’re a regular at the Club Bar you are sure to have spotted and
hopefully sampled a relative newcomer to the pumps—Wapping Bitter. This
popular pint was introduced by Simon Holt who will be known to many of you
as a wannabe ‘Dreamer’ having graced, using the term loosely, the Caldy turf
with a few appearances this season.
Some would describe his day job as owner of Wapping Beers and The
Baltic Fleet pub in Liverpool as a dream, others would feel tired just thinking
about it. But for Simon, of calm and welcoming demeanour and determined
holder of traditional values, the last ten years have been a work of passion.
Since he started brewing at the mouth of the underground tunnels
beneath the pub he has built a more than commendable line-up of seven beers
and one stout, all with the help of brewing genius Stan Shaw who has been
weaving his underground magic since 2002.
Enjoying the light delight of the Summer Ale, the autumnal depths of the Smoked Porter, the
mixed spice of the deep ruby Winter Ale could add a whole new meaning to the seasons merging into
one! And yes they are all brewed in the cellars beneath The Baltic Fleet, itself one of the Liverpool’s
most historic hostelries, which can be found in an area of the Dock Road called Wapping. The pub is
a Grade II listed building and has been likened to a Mississippi river boat due to its quirky appearance
with the front end, the bow, curved in much the same way as the New York Flat Iron Building—all
that’s needed is a paddle wheel at each side to complete the image. And Simon makes no apologies

for the lack of gaming machines, pool

table or juke box, but rather concen- Events at your club
trates on the helpful staff, excellent Mar
beer,delicious food, good conversation 17 Comedy Night with Frankie Allen &
and friendly regulars who welcome Mickey Finn (men only)
visitors from all corners of the globe. So
next time you’re in Liverpool why not
pay this traditional British pub a visit. And 10 Cricketers’ Pre-season
if you hear ‘mine’s a Wapping’ next time 17 Rugby Past Players & Captains Lunch
you’re at the Club bar why not try it for
22 An Evening with Graham Walton
(women only)
The ‘Caldy Beer Festival’ is May
back with a vengeance this year. 1 North of England Womens 10s
* May 27—29 incl. 2 Caldy Sevens
* Fantastic selection of real ales 13 Cricketers’ Wine-Tasting
* Great food from our local
butcher Roberts For details of above please contact
* Live music or call
More info soon! 0151 625 8043/ 07747 842 144

Twickenham Presentation for Caldy Rugby

Caldy Rugby Club took centre stage at
Twickenham during the recent Six Nations game
against Ireland when RFU President John Owen
presented Caldy with the Whole Club Seal of
Approval certificate along with clubs from
Ashington, Blyth and Morpeth.
The award has so far only been made to
21 clubs nationwide and recognises the effort
and achievement of volunteers in reaching the
standards needed in developing and sustaining
rugby union in their clubs. Andy Lees, the RFU’s
National Club Development Manager, said “to
earn the Whole Club Seal of Approval accredi-
tation is a major achievement that underlines a
commitment to sustaining a club for future gen-
erations. It is designed to encourage rugby clubs
to assess where they are and provide ideas and
templates for them to move forward
Collecting the award on Caldy’s behalf was Caldy Under 12s Manager David
Adams and his son and Caldy player Tyrone (pictured left of RFU President
John Owen)

Caldy Cricket Club Southern Hemisphere success for

A review of 2009 Caldy Cricketer
Chris Edwards who plays for Caldy CC 1st XI & U17d and Cheshire U16s, has
As in previous seasons the
Club got off to a slow start. However recently represented the England Learning Disability team in Australia in the first
Lord’s Taverners Tri-Series. The matches were against Australia and South Africa and
as the season progressed perform- Chris made a big impression winning two man-of-the-match awards. England Learning
ances and therefore results began to Disability completed their first Tri-series victory with a 71-run demolition of South
improve and a gradual climb up the
Africa at Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne.
league table ensued. Chris’s 53 runs underpinned England’s 174 for seven and South Africa were bowled
It was an important year as the Liver- out for just 103. However England lost heavily by 145 runs at the MCG to Australia
pool competition (the major league in who later continued their dominance of the learning disability game with an
our area) planned to restructure so
eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory over England in St. Kilda.
instead of two divisions of 14 clubs, it
was decided to have three divisions of England made the final after the last round-robin match between the sides was
12 clubs each. This meant 36 clubs abandoned due to an unsafe outfield which saw each side earn one point pushing
instead of 28. The additional clubs England in front of South Africa. Chasing 124 for victory, the hosts were in front of the
being the ones who finished top of Duckworth/Lewis rate at 79 for two when the heavens opened in Melbourne and
the Merseyside Competition provid- brought a premature end to proceedings.
ing their grounds met the required Australia, who have now won all three Tri-series, also involving South Africa, opted to
specifications. Ours did, thanks to bowl first and dismissed England well within the allotted 40 overs.
work by Steve Hargreaves. The 1st XI
ended the season in 8th position Chris Edwards again was England’s star man with 60 runs out of 123 scored.
which was something of a nail-biting report from Dave Stewart
time. The 2nd XI finished 3rd in their
league. This season also sees a return to XI Captaincy by Richie Battersby and
Regrettably Steve is retiring
everyone wishes him well in this role.
this season, not only from his ground
responsibilities but also as our treas- We are now starting to look forward to the new season and hopefully
urer. We have been fortunate in find- some warmer weather. We will have four teams playing on a Saturday in the
ing replacements. Hazel Kelly is to Liverpool competition League and possibly a Sunday side. We have a thriving
take over as Treasurer and Matt junior section with some of them feeding in to the Saturday matches.
Battersby taking on the ground. Peter Lloyd Caldy CC President
Don’t forget - We also know that drainage from
the hill in the past found its way un- Sad losses to the Clubs
Paton Marquee will be der the second pitch through to
available to hire in April and May. Caldy village – perhaps increased We are sorry to report
Whatever your event - wedding, house building etc in that area has that Tom Risely, member of
birthday celebration, changed natural drainage and Caldy Rugby Club and ‘Last of the
charity fundraiser we can meet your ‘forced’ water back towards our
Summer Wine’ passed away on 6th
individual needs and budget. fields !! March aged 75. His daughter kindly gave
With normal winter weather these us a snapshot of Tom’s life.
Why not take advantage of the
problems can be managed, provided
beautiful setting and very “ Tom lived a full life by any-
we have some dry days and good
one’s standards, fitting in two lovely
competitive rates. breezes to dry off the surfaces. wives, 8 children (of which finally, the
Give Jane Corlett a call on 0151 625 Unless we have heavy frosts 8th, was a boy!) and 9 grandchildren, so
8043 or 07747 842 144 or email and snow! far. He graduated with honours from If grounds are already wet and then Kew, having had a passion for the
freeze and perhaps get a covering of botanical world since a boy.
snow then the drying out period is
Whiteout substantially extended.
“Over the years he worked in
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Barcelona to
First the snow melts, but only into name but a few. His passions outside
Or Wipeout the surface – then that surface mois-
ture slowly dries out but subsurface
Kew were Leicester Tigers and Caldy
RFC, the latter being very important to
A word From frozen water slowly melts keeping his social life in the last ten years,
CSCL Grounds Chairman the ground wetter for longer. Play-
Dickie Smith & Caldy RFC Secretary ing on frost affected grounds ad- particularly with the ’Last of the
Roger Flashman on the effects of the versely affects grass health. Summer Wine’ gang with whom he was
big freeze a regular fixture on a Thursday after-
Playing on surface mud over hard,
noon, and enjoying a tipple with the
frozen/semi frozen ground, with the
members. He did much for charity in-
Whilst we are tenants at Paton Field inevitable skids and scuffs, seriously
cluding Rotary and cycling across Costa
with The National Trust as our land- damages grass root stability. Be-
Rica to raise money for The Deaf Chil-
lords we are responsible for the care cause of this it is dren Society. He will be very sorely
and upkeep of these 14 acres of occasionally necessary to curtail missed.”
grounds encompassing some 11 acres pitch usage to protect our future. We are also sorry to tell you
of playing fields. Off pitch areas are also suffering that Margaret Radford, Caldy
The cricket square whilst requiring with the combination of heavy rain Cricket Club, also passed away re-
specialist attention does not need and weekend ‘traffic’. cently. Margaret was well known in the
much extra care and the outfield es- Club, a familiar face whose support was
Whilst the Summer Wine do their
sentially just needs regular cutting and
best to keep the playing always appreciated.
areas available and tracks driveable Our best wishes go to all.
The rugby playing areas however suffer
from very heavy usage and although the club needs the help of all mem-
bers in sensible ground usage par- Each week we need to raise more that
the soil is good and beneath it we have
a sandstone bed we surprisingly have ticularly during training, by keeping ƒ2000 from the bar to pay for the
continuing and seemingly worsening off bad surfaces and also by driving heating, lighting and maintenance of the
drainage problems, despite having laid slowly and carefully over all areas at club together with the salary payments
drains the length of the second pitch in all timesBack to where we started – to staff. These expenses do not go
We are charged with the care and away when there are no matches. Also
the past. maintenance of these grounds for the rugby section will lose all the in-
Why is this? present and future members—we all come from the gate, raffles and other
It is hard to identify the whole reason need to help protect them. sponsorship of the games.
but our friends in the National Trust And the cost of the There will still be expenses incurred by
tell us that over the last 10 years or so white stuff? Many rugby clubs rely the rugby section to cover training and
water retention on Thurstaston Hill on the income from the bar and physiotherapy.As the Caldy manage-
has altered – ponds have disappeared gate to support the cash flow of the ment rely on regular income over the
and drainage streams have changed club during the season. bar this cannot be recovered.

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