I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. It has been quite a year at Chesham United with so much going on, I am just thankful that we finally seem to have confined the covid restrictions to the history books and we can look forward to 2023 with great optimism, on and off the field.
Boxing Day did not go to plan, the home defeat to Hayes & Yeading was our first at The Meadow since the first home game of LAST season, and to lose with such as whimper was disappointing. It was never a 0-3 game, but with a crowd of over 700 in attendance, it would have been the ideal time to turn in one of the exciting performances that we have produced so many times this season. Onwards and upwards, we are back in action on Monday when we travel to North Leigh, a 1.00pm kick-off, it would be good to see many of you there. The players had an excellent training session last night and will be training again on Saturday in preparation to get back on track.
We did this week receive an enquiry for being a mascot, this is something we most definitely encourage for our young supporters and something I would like to see become a regular occurrence working with our youth and girls section, as we begin to develop the One Club ethos. Talking of which, plans for our Race Night are coming together under the guidance of Mike Caidan, I know a lot of tickets and sponsorship has already been sold amongst the youth, ladies and supporters – if you have not yet booked your ticket, I would urge you to do so quickly, these can be purchased online by clicking here. For sponsorship opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully you will have visited our updated website by now at www.cheshamunited.co.uk, there is still much work going on to develop this further, but I am delighted with the new site and it does now mean that we have full control over the site enabling us to make changes and updates far easier, and it also gives us much more scope to add adverts for local businesses and promote other community activities that as a club we should be supporting. If you have any information that you think could, or should, be promoted on the website please get in touch.
On Christmas Eve, I attended for the first time in many years the Midnight Mass at St Mary’s Church. I must say it was a beautiful service and I left with a feeling of total relaxation and a inner peace. Well done to Edward our Club Chaplin and all his staff at St Mary’s.
Last Tuesday evening we kitchen-hosted the Big Community Take Away where I amongst others delivered very tasty hot meals to our local community, it is something I am very passionate about. If any of you see a funding pot for this local organisation around the town, please put some cash in it as it is completely run by volunteers. I know for a fact that Lisa, the Chef, spent eight hours of her own time preparing and cooking the superb food.
Just to prove that it is not all beer and skittle for the Directors of the club, Roger Payne and myself, with the help of Ray Trafford, spent much of yesterday dealing with a failing sewage system out the back of the main stand, it is ac dirty job but someone has to do it, as they say. Hopefully we will get this job finished this morning (Friday), although the persistent rain continues to make the task a challenge.
Thank you for your support throughout 2022, let’s make 2023 a memorable one.
Peter Brown, Chairman