I hope you’re all well. This is an important update for the club.
Return to cricket - matches
At last ! A green light of sorts for a return to recreational cricket. I’m really pleased to announce that senior and junior cricket matches will be played again at Odiham. For seniors this will definitely be by Saturday 18th July, possibly sooner if suitable opposition can be found.
I reported earlier that league fixtures have been scrapped but since then a couple of proposals have been put forward for local clubs to play in a smaller more localised competition. For Juniors matches there is a huge amount of planning already underway and their matches may start even sooner. More news and details to follow.
We have received a lot of enquiries about our plans to re-open the bar and I’m pleased to say that we are opening on Saturday. I’d like to stress that we would have preferred to have opened sooner but the announcement of opening for pubs and restaurants by the government was accompanied by a whole raft of controls and restrictions that we simply weren’t in a position to implement, until now.
We will open from 4pm. There will be limited access to toilets.
As I’ve stated before things are far from returning to normal and this means that we are taking a gradual and careful return to bar service. You will notice additional requirements in place such as notifying who is in each group using the bar for Covid traceability purposes . Also, to begin with there will be a restricted range of beers and drinks available to buy.
Please support us by following these rules without question and make the club a great place for all.
I’m particularly sad to report that after careful review of the club’s finances, the reduced bar income caused by the Covid-19 lockdown and the resultant ongoing restrictions on social gatherings, it is apparent that the projected bar takings would not be enough to sustain paid bar staff. For this reason we have had to make the difficult decision to make our staff and bar manager roles redundant.
This is sad news and I’d like to take this opportunity to express our huge thanks and gratitude to Donna, Des and Bruce for the years of hard work and dedication. The financial contribution from the bar during their tenure has been considerable and has enabled the club to pay the ongoing loan payments from the rebuild and the essential operations for running the cricket club. We wish them all the very best in the future.
Moving forward, the bar will be operated on a voluntary basis, which will better suit the limited times and circumstances that the bar can open. To begin with bar opening will be aligned to cricket , either matches or training.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the bar then please let me or Bruce know.
For users of Long Sutton just to warn you that there may be some additional delay before we can use the pavilion, while we arrange legionnaires disease testing on the plumbing.
Since David Smith stood down at last year’s AGM we have been unable to find a volunteer to step in. I therefore advertised to outsource professional help and I’m really pleased to announce that Elle Matthews from Accountability will be taking on the role. Sian Taylor is continuing to do most of the day to day financial activity which means that Elle can focus on preparing our accounts, VAT returns, and give the financial stewardship we require. David, is continuing to help when he can for which we are all very grateful.
Several people have offered to help with various tasks and activities to get the club running again. I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ll be in touch soon. We still need volunteers to help, not least with maintenance around the grounds and in/out of the pavilion.
Thank you for your continued support. I know many of you have paid your membership fees in the knowledge that this season will be limited. This is critical. The costs of the club have continued and only last week we incurred a £500 cost to repair a leak in the car park area. Further costs will be incurred with the deep cleaning/chlorination required as we emerge from lockdown.
Thank you once again.
Cricket is back! Let’s really enjoy the rest of the season.