Dear cricket club members,
As the snow falls outside my window this morning, it’s hard to imagine that the cricket season is finally here, but here it nearly is!
I want to welcome you all to the 2021 season and here’s hoping that this year will involve a full programme of cricket matches for senior and junior members with glorious sunny weather to match..but not so hot that it damages our beautiful new outfield! I’m also really excited about the new improved facilities at the Sports Club which should mean that we will be able to gather in large numbers on our new terrace to celebrate the gradual return to normal life.
But…..before I get you too excited, I do need to warn you that the return to a normal cricket season is going to be slightly delayed.
Our first game of cricket is due to take place this coming Saturday April 17th when an inter-club match is arranged. For now, Covid restrictions prevent use of the changing rooms or provision of teas, but it will be fantastic to see cricketers out on the field again. And I’m afraid I’m not able to encourage you to come down to watch..for now, spectators are not encouraged to come to the ground due to Covid restrictions.
Before then, on Friday April 16th, we have our first junior training session, this year run by Chris Marrow’s Cricket School of Excellence. The months of enforced isolation have led to a surge in enthusiasm for a return to cricket, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve had record numbers signing up this year, especially in the younger age groups. Andrew Smith will be emailing you too to provide more details on the logistics of junior training. Parking may be in short supply on Friday evening so the more you can walk or ride your junior cricketers along the better.
Concerning the new terrace and access to the changing rooms, I’m afraid that the building work is not yet quite complete. Our hope and expectation is that the terrace and bar area will be open for business from Friday April 30th. For now, please resist the temptation to clamber over the incomplete building work. Once the bar does open, even then of course, Covid restrictions will limit us to serving drinks for people to consume outside, with the full re-opening not allowed until June 21st, on current government plans.
This year, we are again planning to run the bar with a volunteer-based system. The idea is that less money spent on hiring bar staff means more money is available to spend on improving our facilities, the new terrace being a case in point. The upshot of this change, though, is that we are going to need members to put themselves forward to run the bar for a few hours each throughout the season. Last year, the burden was entirely carried by tennis members and the cricket club ended up paying for bar staff, but this season, I would love it if we can pitch in as well. The plan is to have the bar officially open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, but we would hope we could open it on Sundays for the cricket and on other weekdays if possible. Obviously, the more people who put their names forward, the less will be the burden on a few individuals. And as an added benefit, it provides a great way to get to know more members of the club. So if you would be prepared to spend some time helping out, please send an email to Justin Hampshire who is responsible for putting together the rota and organizing training on serving and receiving cashless payment.
Finally, please be patient with us regarding Covid restricions. It is really important that we adhere to the rules laid out by the government and to the associated ECB guidance. Further details of our Covid-related protocol will be published on the club website and posted on the club noticeboard.
That’s all for now, more information to come as we get it. Have a great season, please stay safe, get jabbed and see you all soon.
Chairman Gerrards Cross Cricket Club