Dear Members and Parents,
We are pleased to announce that, in line with Government guidelines, we will be re-opening the Club House as of Saturday 4th July.
Please see Jerry's important information below, with regard to protocol and rules now in place.
Bar re-opening July 4th.pdf
We are still in limbo with regard to the dates when we can return to recreational cricket, and will update you once we have further guidance.
Look forward to seeing some of you over the weekend.
Re-opening of the Bar on July 4th
I am extremely excited to be opening the bar again this Saturday. Please read the following very carefully so that we can all enjoy this momentous occasion.
From July 4th the bar opening times will be as follows:
Saturday/Sunday: 12 noon till 12 midnight.
Week Days: 3pm till 11.00pm
However, should the lack of daylight cause issues with social distancing, then I will close earlier…bring a torch!
I will of course close earlier that the advertised times if no one is at the club by 9pm.
Please observe social distancing at all times. I realise this is difficult, especially with children and after having a few drinks, but please be careful. Anyone deliberately breaking this rule will be politely asked to leave and could have their membership revoked.
The Government Guidelines are as follows:
Outdoor gatherings should only be occurring in groups of up to 2 households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most 6 people from any number of households.
When entering/exiting the club
For tracing purposes each member will be asked to register on entry and exit.
I will be moving to a barcode scanning system as soon as we can, but a guest book will be in use this weekend. I have pens and wipes, but it would be helpful if you could bring your own pen.
Please be respectful to our neighbours at all times, but especially when leaving the club.
Our alcohol license requires that only members can drink on our premises. If you intend to visit the club regularly, please make sure that you have signed up as a member and paid the required fee where necessary.
To avoid unnecessary delays please sign up before we open on Saturday if possible. Social membership forms are available from the kitchen window at the club. Note that Players, Junior Parents and Fit House members are automatically Social Members and no fee is due.
Member’s guests are allowed, but they must be signed in by a member. The member is fully responsible for the guest’s behaviour and supplying contact information to the club should this be necessary.
What to bring
We are trying to minimise cleaning and sanitising which is time consuming and costly. Please bring your own furniture (Picnic chairs, tables, gazebos), a tray to collect drinks and your own personal sanitiser gel.
Again, to reduce risk we will not be using club glasses and washing them. Instead we will be using disposable plastics. I know that this is not ideal and some may not totally enjoy drinking from plastics, but please do not bring your own glasses and transfer your drink. For obvious reasons I need to avoid broken glass on the cricket playing area. If you want to bring polycarbonates (thick plastic) then this is acceptable, but do not bring them to the bar for refilling.
Where you can drink
On the grass outfield area only please. The patio and marquee areas will be kept clear for queueing purposes. Note that when the nets are being used for cricket practice, please do not go, or allow your children to go where they could be hit by a ball. On Saturday at 4pm the seniors will be practicing and the nets will face away from the clubhouse. Therefore, it would not be advisable to pitch your gazebo on the far side of the ground.
Ordering and collection of drinks
To keep things simple, I am adopting a ‘controlled queueing’ system. Please keep two metres apart when queueing (one metre is acceptable on the outfield). In addition, to protect staff, I have split drink ordering between the kitchen window and the bar. Wine, prosecco, soft drinks, teas, coffees and ice creams will be available from the kitchen window. Please note that we will initially be selling wine by the bottle only. Beers and spirits will be available from the bar. I am sorry if this means you have to queue twice, but it has been done with good intentions in mind. I will review this after the weekend and make changes if necessary.
We will not be accepting any cash. Payment can only be made with card or apple pay (or similar), but not AMEX.
To facilitate an acceptable queueing system the existing lady’s toilet has been changed into a unisex one (sorry ladies!). There is a new lock on the outside door, so one person at a time please! One cubicle has been reserved for men and one for ladies. Please stick to this arrangement. Please enter the club house using the door adjacent to the dart board and exit from the door near the stairs. Please refrain from using trees as toilets, especially on neighbouring property.
The toilets will be cleaned regularly. Please let me know if you believe an extra clean is required.
A new bbq is being constructed shortly, but I’m afraid it will not be available this weekend. However, G Pizzas will be with us on Saturday. Please pay at the kitchen widow where you will be given a ticket to present to the guys. Pizzas will be about £7 to £8 for a 9” pizza. You may also bring your own picnic if you wish, but please take away any rubbish. Please do not bring your own alcoholic drinks; it is illegal to do so.
As sky have decided to start charging me again, the TV will be on the outside wall, but please don’t crowd around it. Please do not pitch a marquee directly in front of the TV.
As a temporary measure, smoking will be allowed on the outfield, but please do not throw your cigarette ends on the ground. Please take them away with you, along with any rubbish you have accumulated.
For the time being can you please leave your dogs at home. We may have a large number of members at the club over the weekend and pets can be a distraction to social distancing. If you have to bring your dog, please keep them on a lead and under control during your visit.
My amazing staff will operate as required under government guidelines.
Please be patient. This is all a new experience for us all and it will take a little time to get absolutely right, but we are doing our best. If you have any issues please speak to me and I will do my best to sort it out (within reason). Please stick to these guidelines.