Club Update ~ April 2020

Hello All,

First of all, I hope you're all well in these difficult and trying times.

I thought I'd give you all a brief update on what's happening at the Club. As you're all aware, following the Government's instructions we had to close down and cease all trading.

All Committee meetings have been cancelled, but I can assure you the Directors and OPAL Committee members are keeping in touch to ensure the business of running the Club continues.

It is blatantly obvious that all income from social events, hiring and bar takings have ceased and whilst certain outgoings have also stopped we still have outgoings to pay, such as energy costs, insurance, security etc...

I'm indebted to all those members who have continued to pay their WebCollect subscriptions which is now our only form of income. However, I'm also aware that many of you may well be forced into a position where you cannot continue to pay and need to suspend your payments.

We cannot predict when we can all return to normal and once again be able to attend our great Club.

Thank you all for your continued support and in finishing, I hope you all stay safe and well and look forward to the day we can all return to Holm Lane.

Ken Cooke
Chairman, Old Parkonians Association


Cliff Crozier ~ 1915 - 2020

Cliff's funeral was held on Thursday 2nd April with just a few close family members in attendance.
When the dust settles on coronavirus emergency, Cliff's family will be holding celebration of his life at the Club - look out for news about this on the web site...

All good things come to an end - Cliff has passed on at a remarkable 104.5 years of age.

What an interesting life he led. Born before the battle of the Somme, he went to Bidston Avenue Primary on its opening in 1921 and then to Park High School.

He became a teacher, following in his father’s footsteps who was Headmaster of St James School in Laird Street, though his teaching career was interrupted by Army service in England and Europe during WW2.

He taught in West Kirby before moving to Greasby Junior School as Headmaster for 25 years and last September was still attending his former pupils annual reunion.

Following that, his most productive time: 41 years of retirement!

He did have one mark against him - he never played for our Club as he joined Port Sunlight with one of his friends.

He was a lovely, interesting man, always willing to help those less fortunate than himself, a mine of information on Birkenhead places and people. Cliff proved that older people are worth listening to for their life stories and experiences.

He leaves a daughter Carolyn, grandsons Richard and Chris and their families.

Funeral arrangements to follow.

Dave Westwater

Based in Oxton in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in the North West of the UK, the Association runs cricket and rugby clubs from its Clubhouse in Holm Lane, Oxton, based at the HM Curphey Memorial Ground.

For further information on the Cricket Club and Rugby Club, including fixtures, results and player honours, please use the links above

The Association welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in starting to play cricket or rugby, as well as from existing players of all standards and levels of experience who would like to join us. We have a thriving Junior Rugby section that covers Under 7s to Under 15s.

In either case, simply contact us for details of our teams, facilities and membership. Whether you live locally in Birkenhead or Wirral, or further afield, we'd be pleased to hear from you.

Although Rugby and Cricket are played at different times of the year, training for both sports continues through the close seasons. If you're thinking of getting involved for the first time, why not try some out of season training?