Club Notice: COVID-19 Impact

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Important update on the impact of COVID-19 on Blackheath Rugby 

The initial suspension of all rugby activities followed by the overall ending of the season today, together with Government recommendations for people to avoid pubs and bars, due to COVID-19 epidemic, means Blackheath Rugby Club, like many other clubs, faces a tough few months ahead.  

There has been much publicity in the media, both mainstream and social over the past 24 hours, about the impact on the Hospitality Industry in particular. Whilst we are a sports club, a significant percentage of our income comes from home games, hospitality lunches, external event bookings and of course our bar revenue. The sudden cessation of all such income streams has had a particularly negative overnight impact on our ability to function as normal.

In recent emails we have listed some of the many things that were due to happen over the coming weeks and months, many of which cannot now take place with others being pushed back to next season.

Our home gate and bar income for the two remaining 1st XV home games on 21st March and 4th April were due to pay for much of the necessary summer maintenance work that we carry out every year at Well Hall. 

The work on the pitches alone, both at Well Hall and Hervey Road, after the catastrophically wet winter, is set to be extensive and with a large number of other events and bookings being cancelled or at best postponed we are wondering how we will be able to carry out this maintenance in readiness for the 2020/21 season?

But you can help!

In much the same way many independent restaurants, bars and retailers are issuing a voucher scheme whereby regular customers purchase a voucher for £25 or £50 that is redeemable when the business resumes operations, Blackheath Rugby Club is asking Members to help in much the same way.  All you need to do is buy £50 credit, or whatever you can afford (more if you are able) which is linked to your membership number and card and this is redeemable against purchases made at the Well Hall or Hervey Road bars when we are able to resume operations. This credit is carried over to the next seasons membership card.

If you wish to support the Club in this way click here to let Tim Brindle know by email and we’ll arrange a telephone call where we can set this up.

In another step to mitigate against the sudden and dramatic issues the Club face, we are launching our Early Bird Membership offer ahead of schedule, so that you can renew your membership at this seasons price, thus avoiding any price rises that are likely to be agreed at the AGM in the summer. Click here to make use of the Early Bird offer and renew your Membership.

A third way you can help the Club through these tough times is with your online shopping, with many¬†well known online stores, including¬†Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and M&S by signing up to¬†easyfundraising.¬†Just use the¬†easyfundraising¬†site to find the store you want to shop with and,¬†when you make a purchase, the retailer sends us a free donation,¬†at no extra cost to you. You can also download the app, or set a ‚ÄėDonation Reminder‚Äô to remind you to activate the donation if you‚Äôve gone directly to the retailer‚Äôs¬†website.¬†

Tim Brindle

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