CLUB COMMUNICATION – Club Update & Covid-19, 6 APRIL 2020

Dear fellow members,
On Friday March 20th, many of us paid a fond farewell to Hugh Paterson, who sadly left us. Hugh was a fantastic Chairman and a much loved founder member and servant of the Club. He will be sadly missed, but his memory will live long in our hearts. It is my honour to be handed the reigns as the Club Chairman, although my strong preference would be to do so in much better circumstances, both with the passing of Hugh and now Covid-19.

Following the recent suspension of all rugby and Club related activities, I thought it a good time to let everyone know how we are progressing through these unprecedented times that the Covid-19 virus has thrust upon us all.
The management team and I have been in continual dialogue in respect to understanding the many directives coming from the Govt and the RFU and how they impact our Club. As expected, we have complied with all notifications and will continue to do so.
The team continues to explore all avenues available to us to ensure the continued viability of the Club is maintained, until such time as restrictions are lifted and members are able to return to the Club. Without going into extensive details, despite the Club being in lockdown, there are services and suppliers who we remain obliged to pay, so every effort is being made to ensure this continues. As you will no doubt understand, our revenue has reduced drastically with us being unable to operate all Club functions as normal. Hence the management exploring all possible avenues of revenue support to maintain the viability of our Club.
By way of a reminder, all rugby activity is suspended until 14th April 2020, however this would appear likely to be extended.
We have suspended the 30th Year Marquee Gala Dinner on 9th May, Captain’s Pints on 10th April and the Party on the Pitch, pending clarity on when we will be able to run all these events. These are exciting events and there is a huge commitment to get these fund-raisers mobilised as soon as we are able to do so.
Additionally, the Skofic 7’s, such a big event in our calendar for fund raising, has also been postponed. We will continue to work with the S7 organisers to hopefully lock in a date when we can have this great event at the Club, loved by so many.
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As part of the exercise to manage the clubhouse, we have conducted a full bar stock take.
Once finalised we will be offering members the chance to stock up their home bar, with a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
We hope everyone will support this and stock up when we publish our list prices and buy the stock, helping the Club.
As always in times of need it is you as volunteers who tirelessly do much for the Club. Our House & Grounds team are already looking at ensuring our playing surfaces remain the best they can be. We also have club members and suppliers in, cleaning the bar pipework and overseeing the general upkeep and security of the building. All efforts aimed at ensuring that we are ready to resume when restrictions are eased, and we can return to some normality.
We’d like to thank everyone for their kind wishes of support and in particular for digging deep and helping in these challenging times.
We literally can’t wait to get back to the Club and get playing and enjoying each other’s company again.
Stay safe, stay at home and continue to support the NHS and care worker heroes out there, and each other.
Best regards,
Ian Jackson
Ian (‘Jacko’)Jackson
Chairman

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