This is the first of what we hope to be a series of newsletters whilst the country fights its way through the present pandemic chaos. The Club is presently completely closed. Reports from the ECB and the Kent Cricket League indicate that there will be no cricket until July at the earliest and the unofficial view is that there will be no cricket at all this season.
Both Bickley Park School and The Nursery are suspended and the Pavilion and the Ground lie deserted.
Your Board has taken steps to protect the Club’s financial position as far as possible. We are also seeking to look after our trusted staff who have shown such loyalty to us over the years. We are hopeful of maintaining our position so that we will be ready to spring back into action when the time comes.
Is there any good news? Yes, you will be pleased to know that the collection of subscriptions from the members has been suspended until usual service resumes. However, save up your pennies ready to pay then!
On an extremely sad note Simon’s father, John McQuiggan OBE, has recently passed away at the age of 97. John led a hugely successful life as a British Trade Association Executive all over the world, served with the RAF from 1942 to 1947 and was one of the most gentle men you could hope to find. He was decorated Order of the British Empire. He also for many years supported the Royal British Legion and did the poppy collection at BPCC. Our condolences go out to Simon, his mother, sister and brothers.
On a lighter note, In the absence of any sport we have all had to completely recalibrate our characters and our leisure time. Entertainment and humour have rapidly become a worthy substitute to paper over the cracks of the considerable difficulties from which large sections of the public are suffering. Only the other day I was reading about the plight of burglars. “It’s a nightmare” says Barry Knuckles, President of the National Union of Housebreakers. “Now that the entire population is at home 24 hours a day it’s impossible to burgle anyone. They are never out”. An application has been lodged with the Government to cover 80% of the value of jewellery, lap tops and flat screen TV’s. So far this has fallen on deaf ears!
And to finish off, an Australian toilet in the time of panic!
All stay safe and well. If you hear of anyone who may need help please maintain the Bickley Spirit and share details and needs with all of us. Also if you think that you can add to future newsletters please contact me.
Kind regards to all
We are very proud to be the only club in the UK to hold the status of Affiliate Club with the Hong Kong Cricket Club, and enjoy a close relationship with our dear friends from overseas, who visit us regularly. We hope to return the favour soon, to sample, once again all that Hong Kong has to offer.
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