Keith Caveney was awarded life membership of Heywood CC at last night’s AGM at Crimble.
Keith has been a member at the club for more than 40 years, and his contribution has been immense.
President Bob Cross was rightly fulsome in his praise of Keith, who, along with many other great volunteers, keeps the Crimble looking spick and span.
His skills with all manner of mechanical and electrical gear is especially valuable, and he has saved the club countless thousands of pounds by his ability to, as Bob put it, ‘cannibalise’ parts from other machines and fix ailing equipment.
First team captain Bobby Cross paid tribute to the countless hours spent preparing the ground by Keith and the other superb volunteers.
He said: “As captain it is a huge honour to lead a Heywood team out onto Crimble and myself and the players consider ourselves very lucky that so many people put so much effort into the preparation of the ground and its surrounds.
“Having been lucky enough to have played cricket on many grounds around this country and in Australia I can genuinely say that I have played on no better club ground than Crimble and that is testament to the tireless work of the volunteers.
“I am delighted that the club has chosen to honour Keith Caveney. The work that the club did as part of the NatWest CricketForce initiative last year would have been impossible without his input, relentless hard work and knowledge.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Keith was involved in every single project in some way and the event would not have been anything like the success that it was without him behind the scenes.”
Keith first came to the club in 1967 and the whole family – Yvonne, Janine, Marcus and Fergie – are at the heart of everything good about HCC.
Apart from that, he is a thoroughly good guy who enjoys walking and travelling and he is great company.
He also enjoys the odd pint of bitter.
A worthy recipient of life membership.
In a brief but well attended meeting, Bob and vice chairman John Rhodes re-iterated what an excellent year it had been for the club, thanks to the great achievements of Natwest Cricketforce Day and the amount of money turned over behind the bar.
He singled out steward Angela Ravenscroft for all her hard work in streamlining the workings of the bar, as well as everyone for their work in bringing in sponsorship and funding to the club (I’ll try to post some figures when I get the time from the meeting).
Mike Law, currently stuck in Tenerife, was re-elected as chairman, with John as vice chairman. Bob will continue as president , while Gill Knowles will continue as treasurer.
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