Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Cricket Groundsman (LRACG): Meeting 28th Aug 2014

I hope all members old and new are surviving the hard work that a season of cricket entails for the club groundsman. Unfortunately we have not managed to get together since October last year and I must apologise for that. However, as the end of season is approaching we should now be making firm plans for the essential tasks required. The end of season renovation is the most important programme of work as this by and large determines how the playing square performs the following season.

In order to consider this important programme of work we have arranged a meeting at Loughborough University Academy ground on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 6:00pm. Will Relf Head groundsman at the Academy has kindly agreed to host a demonstration of end of season tasks on the playing square. He will be using a practice wicket to illustrate what machines, tools and techniques are essential for wicket renovation.

For those inexperienced groundsman this meeting will be an essential couple of hours on end of season best practice and a chance to ask questions from the more experience colleagues and for the experienced members the chance to chew the fat and renew old acquaintances.

We have information for those of you unsure how and where to procure grass seed and cricket loam top dressing. The grass seed available at £85 (includes vat & delivery) per 20 kg bag for Rigby & Taylor R9 and this can be ordered & obtained from myself with a simple phone call or e-mail.

We have also secured a discounted price for Boughton Loam either County or Kaloam collected from the Kettering depot. For most of you who need loam to be delivered to your ground – Nigel Kinch is offering this low cost service to clubs who wish to order loam for collection and delivery. Nigel who has offered this service now for a number of years will invoice you direct at a cost including delivery much cheaper than ordering direct from Boughton. The minimum order for loam is a 1 ton pallet (40 bags) and Nigel can be contacted on mob- 07889 904689 or nkinch.haulage@btinternet.com . Nigel would like orders for loam as soon as possible so he can organise delivery schedules but he will be there at the meeting to take any late orders.

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

–          10to 12 bags of loam per wicket   }

Regards and I hope to see you on the 28th August.


John Upton   (Hon. Chair/Sec LRACG)

E-mail:   j.e.upton@btinternet.com

Tel:   07867 785200