Most importantly, we hope that you and your families are healthy and coping with everything which has happened in recent months. Given that we would normally be in the heart of the cricket season, we wanted to let you know the current status of the Club's activity.
Although it is currently difficult to see that we will be able to play any formal league or indeed friendly cricket this season; recent weeks have, in tandem with the cloudless spring weather, brought some relief from the previously bleak picture. First, we extend our thanks to our dedicated ground team, who continued to work tirelessly throughout lockdown and as a result of whose efforts, the ground is looking truly magnificent.
Secondly, our committee have continued to meet via conference call to ensure the club's short and medium term wellbeing and are pleased to report that as a result of promptly cutting all non-essential expenditure, accessing appropriate government and local authority support; and a significant proportion of our membership paying reduced subscriptions, we are in a sound financial position which should ensure the club's viability through to the start of the 2021 season and beyond.
On the cricket front, in accordance with ECB and government guidance our net facilities have been open to all paid up members using the online booking system for 4 weeks and are seeing a high volume of usage. All parties using the nets must be made up of a maximum of 6 individuals and must observe current ECB and government protocols regarding social distancing and other Covid-related precautions. We are continuing to work with our coaching team to determine how some form of organised coaching can be carried out within these protocols and will be in contact when we have further news.In respect of those who have signed up for the ECB "All Stars" and "Dynamos" programmes, we are awaiting further guidance from the ECB as to whether it will be possible to run these programmes later in the season.
The pavilion currently remains closed but as government guidance regarding the hospitality sector evolves, we will keep the position under review as the usage of the ground increases. Our social programme also remains suspended but we also continue to review this as guidance develops. We are currently also exploring ways in which our ground could be used by other community groups and businesses in the village for whom a lack of outdoor space and the requirements of social distancing are a challenge.
We are incredibly grateful to all who have helped us navigate this unprecedented crisis and will continue to update this page as we have further news.