To all members of the County Cricket Groundsmen Association

I hope all members old and new are surviving the hard work that a season of cricket entails for the club Groundsmen. The end of the season is approaching and we should be making firm plans for the essential end of season work on the playing square. The end of season renovation is the most important task of the year as this by and large determines how the playing square performs the following season.

John Upton has arranged a meeting at Barrow Town CC on Thursday 25th Aug starting 6-6:30pm. The ground is on the Nottingham Rd. going out of the village ( LE12 8JB).

This meeting is to demonstrate the end of season techniques using the Association  equipment of scarifier and loam spreader. We have this machinery for members to hire but before you do so it is essential that you are familiar with its use and technique.

The less experienced members need to attend this meeting as it should provide them with a little more confidence to tackle these end of season tasks.

Richard Shepherd is coming along to the meeting and demonstrate scarifying wickets with a powerful tractor driven Allett Scarifier . This is a contractors tool that provides a very professional finish and is an approach that some of you may wish to adopt this season.

It will be an opportunity to  pop along for an hour or so and have a chat and a drink with colleagues. There will be some free burgers and sausage so please try to make it.

John will have some information on the purchase of top dressing /cricket loam  and specialist seed for this season.


John will be ordering a quantity of Rigby Taylor R9 grass seed. This is used at County grounds like Grace Road/ Trent Bridge / Lords and is a very reliable fast germinating seed. I will be ordering for collection at Barrow in time for the end of season similar to previous years. The cost this year will be £85 per 20 kg bag collected – ( a little bit more if delivered). This is slightly more expensive than last year but is  still very competitive. Please let me know  with an e-mail or  simple phone call if you want some seed reserving.


We have secured again this year a heavily discounted price for Boughton Loam either County or Kaloam collected from the Kettering depot. Prices per bag for County loam have increased by 8p per bag and the price for Kaloam has increased by 40 p per bag to Leics & Rutland  CGA members. For most of you who need the loam delivered to your ground – Nigel Kinch at Sileby Town CC will once again be offering his low cost service to clubs who wish to order loam for collection and delivery.

Nigel will invoice you direct at a cost including delivery much cheaper that ordering direct from Boughton or the Internet. The cost this year will be approx £5 ( inc vat & delivery) per 25 kg bag for  County . The minimum order must be for a 1 tonne pallet ( 40 bags) and Nigel can be contacted on Mob – 07889 904689  or

Nigel would like loam orders as soon as possible so he can organise delivery schedules.

Supplies of Kaloam may be difficult again this year and I will explaining  to you more about this next week.

{  A rule of thumb – 20 kg bag of seed for 4 to 5 wickets

–  10 to 12 bags of loam per wicket

– 1or 2  x 25 kg autumn/winter fertiliser + 1 bag in Dec or Jan }


Hope to see you on the 25th August

John Upton  ( Chair/Sec Cricket Groundsman’s Assn)

07867 785200