Updated Statement From Our Club Chairman: Mon 22 June 2020

“Following on from my statement yesterday (please see further down this page), I would first of all like to say that it was not my intention to cause alarm that the Club would not continue to be operational, as this is not the case.

I merely wished to share my concerns, particularly in light of the fact that we are unable to hold any large events or take any function bookings at present and nor do we know when we will be able to resume these bookings and get back to normal operations.

Some background on the financial situation: although our accounts show that we have lost £45,000 over the last 2 years, most of this has been spent on refurbishing and upgrading the Clubs facilities for the members and in fact over the last 2-3 years we have spent in excess of £100,000 doing this.

We feel it is important to keep the standards high to attract new members and function bookings. At no time could we have envisaged COVID-19 and the impact that it would have on the Club.

 

The Clubs balance sheet is quite healthy and I am optimistic that we will pull through this with the help and support of our loyal members.

 

The Committee continues to look at overheads on a regular basis and we endeavour to get the best deals possible on contracts such as refuge collections, drinks suppliers, utilities etc.

We understand that tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd June), the Government will make an announcement and issue guidelines about the reopening of pubs, clubs etc and we are currently looking at a plan to be able to open the Club as soon as guidance allows us to do so when we deem it safe for our customers.

Once we know further details about how we are going to reopen we will post a further statement and look forward to welcoming you back into the Club as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thanks,

John Cotton
Club Chairman

Club Chairman’s Original Statement: Sun 21 June 2020:

“I hope you are all keeping well during these very difficult and unprecedented times. I feel that you should all be made aware of the current situation.

Over the last 2 years the club has lost £45K. During lockdown, we have continued to have expenditure without any income. Looking at the future our main source of income comes from function income and events such as the Beer and Gin Festival, hiring our ground to caravans and our Firework & Funfair Night which historically has provided us with over 50% of our bar turnover.

In the short term, we may not have any functions or events, so how will we survive?

 

We need support and ideas from yourselves, what can we do? How do we do it?

 

Price increases and reducing the clubs opening hours are not the answer, they may well help but they are not going to be enough.

We have started cutting overheads and will continue to do so as much as possible, and we will maximise income where possible but the committee need support from the membership.

We envisage that without functions, our bar turnover based on past sales will be in the region of £3K per week, giving a profit of approximately £1500 per week which based on present income and expenditure will mean we are losing approximately £1200 per week.

Cricket may well be starting shortly and the club may still be closed, we don’t know. Although we have no income we still have to pay for umpires, scorers, balls, equipment , groundsman, maybe the professional. The only income we will have had is membership income and players membership fees, which will nowhere near cover the costs.

This is a very worrying situation and obviously any ideas will be welcomed and considered.

Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, but they are the facts. So when we’re open, if you are going to go for a drink please support the cricket club, otherwise without your support it won’t survive.”

John Cotton
Chairman