At last we have light at the end of the tunnel and we're moving slowly towards rugby normality. The Return to Rugby details can be found here.
I would like to thank all of the club members for the payment of subs and numerous donations we have received over the period(s) of closure. I would also like to thank our sponsors who have been forthcoming knowing there would be little rugby played this year. These two income sources have kept the club solvent.
The committee have submitted an application for a grant from the RFU Winter Hardship fund which we will hope will go some way to replacing the equipment damaged in the recent flooding. We have also submitted an Insurance Claim for Business Interruption following the recent Supreme Court rulings and await a response from our insurers.
As per previous updates, we still have two relocation options that are being progressed.
Remain at the Racecourse - Discussions with the racecourse regarding a long term lease have been very positive, but the committe are concerned by the extreme flooding that has occurred over the last two seasons, which has been much worse than previous years. I have spoken to Jonathan Ascroft from the Jockey Club, who is in discussion with the Environment Agency to see what the long term solutions might be. As a result, this option is on hold until the Racecourse provide the report from the EA.
Alconbury Weald - Refreshingly there has been some considerable process with this option after years of challenges. The relocation Committee, with the RFU, have met Urban and Civic, Hunts District Council and Sport England. There is now an expectation that Urban and Civic will provide a clear outline of what facilities, land, and funding they will be willing to provide and potential timescales for development, by the end of this month. This is a significant step forward and will allow us to bring something tangible to the membership.
I would like to thank Emily Skidmore (Social Secretary) and Chris Matthews (Groundsman) who are standing down from their roles this season for there commitment and hard work over many years.
As a result we are looking for two volunteers to take up the role of Social Secretary and Groundsman. The expectation is that moving forwarded they are coordination roles, and we draw on other volunteers to assist with the tasks that fall within the role. We will circulate role profiles in the next couple of weeks, but if anyone is interested please contact me.
This Years AGM will be held in July and incorporate a paper exercise covering the AGM we have not had for this season. Full details will provided by the secretary nearer the date.
In conclusion, we hope you see the Rugby Club as central with regards a return to normality. The enforced break has only heightened your enthusiasm for our great sport and, next season proves to be one of the best.
All the best,