Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club

HHTCC Bar Reopening

Message to HHTCC Members, 28th June 2020

Following additional guidance released by the government, we’re delighted to announce that the Club bar will be reopening to members and guests on Sunday 5 July from 12 noon.

To conform to social distancing guidelines currently in place, new safety measures will be implemented which all members and their guests are asked to respect. These new measures are outlined in this PDF document.

Within this document a floor plan for the new temporary layout at the Club is also included, with guidance on the new one-way system inside the Club.

Some of the key changes have been listed below but we ask that you take a few moments to read through the document in full to familiarise yourself with the new ways in which the Club will operate. Please also ensure that your guests are aware of and respect these changes.

Sadly, this document DOES NOT cover a return to club cricket (we hope there will be more positive news on this shortly) and is specifically designed to enable use of the Club as a social facility only for the time being.

Key changes:

  • We will operate with a limited capacity inside the pavilion but plenty outside
  • Tables are now spaced apart to allow for updated social distancing guidance
  • Drink and food orders will now be made via text message*, NOT AT THE BAR
  • First orders must include your name and the names of everyone in your party for track and trace purposes
  • You will receive a text reply confirming when your order is ready for collection
  • There are new collection and return zones at the bar for drinks/glasses
  • Bottles and cans must also be returned to the bar for recycling
  • The bar is now CARD PAYMENT ONLY with a new £45 contactless limit
  • Membership Cards can still be topped up and used to pay at the bar
  • One-way system in and out of the Club helps maintain social distancing
  • Sanitiser and wipes are provided along with bins at each table
  • Toilets must be accessed from the car park and will be sanitised regularly

* The new HHTCC Bar number for ordering is 07551 988393. You may want to add this to your contacts!

Initially, opening hours will be as follows:

Fridays         5.30pm to 11pm

Saturdays     1pm to 11pm

Sundays       12 noon to 6pm

Weather permitting, we may also open at short notice during the week, throughout the summer months.

Due to the number of outside tables that will be introduced, these additional opening days/times will be weather based decisions. If we are not opening or we need to limit occupancy for indoor use only, this will be communicated via the Club social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the membership distribution email. Please note that we may be unable to accommodate everyone inside the Club if the weather becomes inclement due to social distancing requirements.

If you or any of your guests are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable people, please call ahead on 07551 988393 during bar opening times and we will do our best to provide a larger table with hand sanitiser on it.

We have planned a number of Club events for the coming months and will release further details of these. Please do your very best to support them.

As you will appreciate, the Club has had to incur significant additional cost to reopen safely (in excess of £1,500). To partially offset that, the General Committee has temporarily reduced the member’s discount on bar prices to 15% from 20%. This will be reviewed at the end of the summer. We trust that you will understand and support this temporary measure, which still leaves our prices for members very competitive.

Upon re-opening, and in order to run the bar, it is essential that members support the Club to help boost the lost revenues and additional costs caused by the ongoing pandemic and enforced closures. Without you, the Club cannot hope to function successfully, which will of course have knock on effects in both the short and long term.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to a well-earned, post-lockdown drink at the Club. Please support in whatever way you can so everyone can continue to enjoy the pavilion in whatever capacity that may be in the coming months.

Kind regards,

HHTCC Bar & Functions Sub-Committee