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Middlesex QnA session
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
09 November, 2017 15:41

An announcement from club today,go along if you can.
Sadly I'm working

Re: Middlesex QnA session
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
09 November, 2017 19:38
It seems unusual for there to be a forum (or ‘Question and Answer session’ as it is being styled) during the close season, and it will be the first time I have attended such an event at that time of year.

The top table will consist of Middlesex chief executive Richard Goatley and his new MCC counterpart Guy Lavender, although I am not sure if anyone else will be on the table. It sounds like Lavender has instigated/agreed to this event, maybe to build a relationship between MCC and Middlesex members or to inform our members about ground developments going on at Lord’s. We will have to see how satisfied our supporters will be about what is said at this event, but I am appreciative to Lavender for participating two months into his new role.

I imagine the intention of this event is to discuss issues such as whether or not there will be a Middlesex Room in the future, how much influence Middlesex are allowed on the pitches, how Middlesex will be affected by ground redevelopments, and how the new Twenty20 competition will affect the Partnership Agreement and Middlesex’s finances.

I am not sure how much discussion will take place about the playing side considering it doesn’t sound like that is the intention of the event or that there will be anyone in attendance involved with the playing side. However, I imagine a few questions will be asked about whether or not we expect to make any signings (or more signings if one or more has been made by this point) as we aim to regain our division one status. I wonder if Lavender will comment about issues such as Arrowgate and the Taunton pitch considering he worked as Somerset’s chief executive until the end of September.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
09 November, 2017 19:54
I hope after the event,the club provides a full report of all questions asked and answers.
Comprehensive report here as well please,so us that can't attend get to see all that went on.

Hopefully,it will be about all things Middle and the subject of arrowgate doesn't cover too much time,after all,it's finished with now.

We need to know about progress being made for our club at Lord's.

I can't actually remember when an out of season QnA evening was announced,but I like the idea and hope it's the start of more to come.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
09 November, 2017 20:58
Nicely timed to keep people like me from attending 6pm on a Thursday.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
10 November, 2017 08:47
I'm surprised,considering how season went,demise of Middlesex Room etc,that not been that many postings.
Hope many go along and let see what goes on.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
11 November, 2017 12:36
Beefy. The word apathy springs to mind. At the last Board election, only 17% deemed it important enough to bother casting a vote.

!7% of the membership equates to less than 1500. Of the votes cast, about half were cast for one candidate.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
11 November, 2017 12:40
also,the fixtures for 2018 should of been released by this meeting.
Venues etc should be known,maybe another reason for the timing?

Re: Middlesex QnA session
Lifer (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 02:09
I would encourage as many as possible to go. The question of why the Middlesex room has not been reinstated is likely to drag on into a second season unless we make a fuss. The planning permission for it to be used as offices ran out at the start of this season and yet our committee have remained silent on the matter unlike some MCC members who are most concerned on our behalf.
Time to make a fuss.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
Lifer (IP Logged)
18 November, 2017 12:21
An even bigger reason for members to go and give their views is that there are only 661 joint Middlesex/MCC members so if we want our point of view put forward to MCC we have to do it ourselves.
Apparently I am a member of a very small minority among 23500 MCC members and we cannot rely on most of them to care.

Re: Middlesex QnA session
johnph (IP Logged)
18 November, 2017 12:58
I'm one of the 661 joint members (and I would hate to think the Middlesex members simply drop their membership when the MCC membership comes up - and perhaps some don't take advantage of the reduced rate and maintain their higher subscription to better support the club) and I was surprised to find out how few of us there are when I asked yesterday. I've shared this on the very active and concerned postings on the MCC forum, also pointing out that there is probably much greater affinity amongst the membership for Middlesex.

I am even more surprised thought that the QnA session did not feature in the November News from the Middle email newsletter that I received yesterday. Only those members who go out of their way to take an interest are likely to know about the meeting.

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