I hope all BHCC members are emerging from the Lockdown in at least reasonable shape – both mentally and physically. There is no doubt it has been hard going but hopefully things are looking a little more positive.
Anybody who has been to the Hill will have seen that it is looking in great shape – Geoff and co have ensured that essential maintenance is carried out on the field and the President has done a wonderful job of painting the benches that sit in front of the Club House. Barry Evans with advice and assistance from a number of people appears to have worked a miracle and stopped the roof leaks that have bedevilled BHCC for some time. More extensive work will be required at some point but a `stay of execution` would definitely be helpful pro tem.
I meet with my colleagues on the Board via WhatsApp on Friday mornings and the one thing that rings loud and clear through these troubled times is that we are lucky to have such committed individuals giving selflessly of their time and expertise. Phil Haves effectively manages the House, Larry Dawson runs the financial operation and Keith Shaw and Kyle Coetzer manage the cricket side of things. Messrs Dyson and Smalley provide great common sense and a perspective on policy and priorities for progress. I meddle round the fringes!
Some cricket has broken out with 1:1 net sessions and it is now permitted for groups of up to 6 to practice provided social distancing takes place together with other cricket related restrictions (eg use your own ball). We have adopted a softly softly approach to formal organisation of both senior and junior cricket for the time being. Watch this space in the ensuing weeks as the Governing Body and the Government ease the lock down.
Members will be aware that there is speculation surrounding the possibility of the hospitality rules being relaxed and the Board are hoping to reopen the bar on a limited basis at some point in July. Again please watch this space and the twitter feed for further information.
I have some sad news to report in that David Bullivant a long time member of the Hill died recently. David and his wife Jean have been long time supporters of BHCC and sponsored some of our cricket back in the day.
I will conclude by thanking all those who continue to contribute to the Covid Cup a brilliant fund raising initiative run by Peter Jones on Saturday afternoons even though I am sure there was foul play when I was bowled by Tom Murphy for 1 in an earlier fixture.
Stay alert and well everybody – I look forward to seeing you all soon.
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