LGCC's Management Team is hoping you'll join us for a fine old time during the club's annual Cricket Week - running from Wednesday September 9 through to Sunday September 13 inclusive.
Its unavoidable delay due to the Covid-19 outbreak means we're also making the safety and wellbeing of members, their family & friends, our top priority here at The Green.
For those of you familiar with our phased reopening policy since lockdown, we're going to be operating a mix of Phase 2 and 3.
This means a set limit of people within the clubhouse (36 in six bubbles of six people), a set number of people on the patio (24 in four bubbles of six people) and everyone else encouraged to socially distance on the grass area outside the patio.
To create more room for this, we are using pitches at the far end of the cricket square and moving the boundary away from the clubhouse as much as practically possible. So we would encourage families / social bubbles to bring up their own gazebos when attending, for placement on that enlarged grass area.
For those wishing to use the bar, please follow the one-way system from the front of the patio through to exiting at the side-of-club fire door, a route reinstated from its use a few weeks ago.
Sorry for anyone who thinks we're being killjoys with all of the above. However it's simple; if we don't do this, we run the very real risk of losing our licence.
Not only do we hope that LGCC members comply with the reasonable requests above, but also we ask that members encourage others to follow these guidelines if they see someone who appears to be unaware of our simple asks.
Last week at The Green, we hosted a look-round by our old friend the Caribbean Chef Drumi and one of his assistants, to reassure them that they are still very welcome and we can keep them separated from Cricket Week attendees in order for them to prepare their delicious food.
In this respect, the Bedmond Road half of the patio and the grass area by the advertising hoardings on the side of the clubhouse will be cordoned off with hazard tape around poles & trees for their exclusive usage on Cricket Week Thursday. Caribbean food will be prepared and ready for sale from around 4pm on that day. Please respect their working area accordingly.
CRICKET WEEK SCHEDULE
Okay then. If you've not lost the will to live by this point(!), then here's the Cricket Week running order for 2020:
Wednesday September 9
An LGCC Cricket Week XI v a Redbourn CC XI - led by former LGCC player Chris Renwick (12.30pm start)
...and after the cricket: The World's Cleanest Giant Slip & Slide for the kids (around 6pm)
Thursday September 10 (Caribbean food day)
An LGCC Cricket Week XI v a Harpenden Dolphins CC XI (12.30pm start)
...and during/after the cricket: Caribbean food courtesy of Chef Drumi & team (from around 4pm), al fresco 'Play Your Cards Right' & other games for kids (around 6pm) and some smooth sounds of the Islands (evening)
Friday September 11
An LGCC Cricket Week XI v an Aldenham CC XI (12.30pm start)
...and after the cricket: al fresco Beer Pong Champions League (qualifying groups from 5.30pm) (knockout final stages from 9.45pm), with live football Watford v Middlesbrough in between (7.45pm kick-off)
Saturday September 12
Herts League Division One action: LGCC 1st XI v Ampthill Town 1st XI (12noon start)
...and after the cricket: BBQ food available (from around 6pm), then DJ JT with a two-part set (70s & 80s disco early evening, his own heaver mix later into the evening)
Sunday September 13
An LGCC Cricket Week XI v LGCC Past Players XI (1.00pm start)
Before the cricket: invitation buffet lunch served to all players (from 12noon)
...and after the cricket: LGCC juniors end-of-season gathering (around 5.30pm), then 'A Question Of Sport' Past v Present later in the evening.
Weather Outlook: it appears we've been blessed with a fine, dry week ahead. Clearly, however, the temperatures aren't going to match those of mid-July, when Cricket Week is usually held, so please make clothing provision accordingly as clear skies bring a fresher feel to the evenings. Sunsets are slated for around 7.30pm, however we're hoping to have some outdoor areas better lit to help with social distancing.
We hope that you'll be suitably entertained by the cricket throughout the week. If not, the bar will be open from 12noon or thereabouts on each Cricket Week afternoon, to quench a thirst and ensure you and your family & friends have a really lovely time enjoying the last of 2020's September sunshine with us. Not it's not a normal situation, of course, but we're trying to make the best of things for our members while also respecting what is very much required of us by local and national authorities.
It's been a very difficult time for everybody; personal circumstances, working stability and conditiions, there are many reasons to have concerns.
But we have our cricket club. It's a special place to gather and be in the company of like-minded folk with plenty of smiles around and room for children to feel safe and able to enjoy themselves.
We have worked hard to ensure our reopening moved along in a way everyone could follow. Now we ask you to show us full support as we try to deliver a Cricket Week for everyone in our community to be proud of.
We look forward to seeing you at The Green this week!
With our very best wishes,
The Leverstock Green CC Management Committee