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Chairman's Note

7th January 2021

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all and I hope you, your families and loved ones have all remained safe and well as we enter into 2021. As we start what is likely to be another challenging year, I would like to share an update on what is happening at TJs.

As you will have heard, the latest developments in the Covid crisis mean that grass roots sports are suspended until at least February 15th with only individual training allowed. You will find the latest RFU guidance here 

Unfortunately, the club will therefore remain closed and all scheduled training / matches will be suspended pending further Government / RFU guidance.

Over the last few months, the committee has been busy ensuring that the club remains in a positive financial position, by trimming overheads to the absolute minimum and by applying for and receiving grants from the local authorities.

Our loss of income has been significant - Beer Festival, Sportsman’s Dinner, agricultural shows all cancelled; Bar income down dramatically, gate income nonexistent; Sponsorship, Shop, Catering, Clubhouse letting income all down.

All of the above has taken the club’s income down by over 60% and we are now more reliant than ever on the following three income streams:
• Membership subscriptions: critical to the sustainability of the club, and to all of you who have paid and continue to do so, a huge THANK YOU from all of us - without this continued support, the club would be in a perilous position.
• Sponsorship: many of our sponsors have been able to continue their support despite these economically challenged times and for this we are extremely grateful.
• Donations: some members have made very generous unsolicited donations to help the club. As I have previously communicated, we will refrain from a broader funding appeal unless or until this is absolutely necessary.

Despite these headwinds we have, where possible, ensured that training facilities at the Club, Vizards 3G and surrounding schools have been available to the membership. We have also bought new training equipment, erected the marquee to offer a reduced catering facility and ensured continuity of coaching.

The eagle-eyed would have seen the swans swimming across the 1st XV and Mini pitches just after Christmas. Flooding has been a recurring problem for us, however, the Environment Agency have advised us that the Leigh flood barrier improvements, scheduled for completion in 2023, will significantly reduce the frequency and severity of the flooding.

Alongside this we are in final discussions with the council regarding the boggy area at the back of the clubhouse and onto the first few mini pitches, we are very hopeful that works will commence late May / June on installing land drainage and raising the whole area, we have our final meeting next week.

Earlier in the year I put out a call for volunteers and a number of people have stepped into new roles:
Communications and PR: thank you to Andy Macdonald, Becky Green and David Challis for picking up this important role – I hope you agree that we have already seen the impact through the range of updates on the website. If you have any news or stories that might be of wider interest, then please do email Andy (andy@coregeo.co.uk).

Maintenance: Fred Lowe and a team of volunteers have been getting on with various odd jobs around the clubhouse, as and when permitted under the guidelines. When we are able to open up again, more help here would be greatly appreciated.

We will monitor Government and RFU guidance very closely and will resume club activities at the first opportunity. Please remain safe, follow the guidelines and I look forward to seeing you very soon for a pint at the bar.

Yours in Rugby

Darren

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