Midi CC put on the biggest show in their 12-year history to celebrate the annual President’s Day on Sunday 27 August at their new ground in Pouzolles. The occasion was also another opportunity to thank the local Mayor, Guy Roucayrol, for providing them with a new home.
The club’s main fund-raiser attracted more than 100 people who feasted on fish and chips and hamburgers, bought raffle tickets, drank from the bar and played games as diverse as throwing the ‘welly’ and target golf.
“It was great to see so much support, particularly from those at our old home in St Pons de Mauchiens, and the money raised ensures our survival, which means we can plan ahead for next season,” said President James Luckes, who took over the reins of the club late last year when its future existence was far from certain.
The sun appropriately shone on the day – in fact it was too hot for some – and Midi committee members, players and a last-minute volunteer in Pam Hall contributed to the event’s success. Cancer Support France and Languedoc Living both had stands, the former selling second-hand books, the latter promoting the region’s premier news and events English-language website.
The new President and former President Colin Trickett were the prime movers behind the staging of a fete and they can look back on a momentous season for the club – not only a new ground with a new playing strip and great facilities, but also a best-ever season in the Blevins Franks Regional League and a 100 per cent record at ‘fortress’ Pouzolles.
Playing membership is at a record high which bodes well for next season after a fourth-place finish with four wins from seven matches, three of them at home. “But we are still looking for new members, particularly from the Pouzolles area, both playing and social, and that will be our focus in the close season,” said Mr Luckes.
Midi was forced to move from its home of nearly 10 years in St Pons de Mauchiens late last year when the Mairie gave the go-ahead to the local tambourin club to lay an 80mx20m rolled earth strip on the cricket oval. It made any cricket impossible and left the club homeless.
Midi was ready to fold when Vice-President Ken Miller, a cricket-mad American who lives in Pouzolles and has built up a thriving catering business, made an approach to the Mairie on the prospect of taking over a disused, overgrown football pitch on the outskirts of the village for its new home.
The Mayor was receptive and the result was the club’s long-term survival and an official opening in late April marked by a crowd of more than 100 who were on hand at the new ground to join in the celebrations and thank a rather bemused Mayor for his village’s generosity.