Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers Cricket Club Information Regarding COVID-19

A letter from our Chairman:

Dear all,

I thought that it might be prudent to write to you all to let you know what is happening in these uncertain times. The Virus that has brought this country to a virtual stop and has interrupted so many things that we all hold dear. In addition, I can’t stress how potentially lethal it can be and ask everyone to follow the advice of the Government, I know of at least one member who currently has the virus and he is not having a great time (obviously I have passed on our thoughts to him and his family).

So to the club and Cricket… As you probably know everything was going well, senior and junior nets were going ahead run by Jordan and there was a third team net which had a high turnout.

The work to the grounds had started and thanks to Lance, Bernie and Andy for their work on starting the preparation for both grounds. New kit has been ordered and the bowling machine has arrived (thanks to kind donations). All in all, we were ready for the current season and there was a growing sense of excitement for what we could achieve at both senior and junior levels. Then the news of Covid 19 and the changes to all our lives; the current position from the ECB is as follows:

  • ECB Competitions – Suspended until further notice
  • ECB National Programmes (All Stars/Dynamos) – Suspended until further notice
  • ECB EWCT Interest Free Loans – Loan repayments will be suspended until May 2021
  • Safeguarding – DBS Checks now verified via online video calls. We will update clubs further with
  • details about this on Monday.
  • In addition, the Alliance leagues have been suspended as have junior matches until the end of May (at the moment).

Therefore, we need to consider the possibility of a very curtailed season or potentially no season at all. To all those who have paid their subs firstly thank you and secondly, the club would like to hold onto these and if no Cricket is played this year then those people will not have to pay next year. I can confirm that there will be no additional charge for late fees this year if people have not paid and the season re starts. Finances are tight with no or very limited income due to no club nights, fundraisers and training for the foreseeable future. Some of our Sponsors have been or will be affected by the shut down and as a result some funds may be late coming in this year or not at all. I think there is potential for an online quiz night or a lottery and I know some people are thinking of other ways to keep us in contact and raise money at the same time. If anyone has any ideas please contact Anne, Jayne or me.

Can I end by saying that I hope my next letter brings better news but for now please keep safe look after one another and take care.

Kind regards,

Harry Buxton
Chair Ashmanhaugh and Barton Wanderers