Thu 07 May 2020 19:00

Good day to you all

We trust you and your families are all happy and healthy and dealing with the challenges of Covid19 as best you can.

With the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday, this next week is likely to be very significant about how we live our lives for the immediate future. The Government is likely to set out a framework of obligations and guidance that will determine how we run our family, work, business, leisure and sporting lives until a Covid19 vaccine is freely available to the nation.

Things will not return to the way it was for quite a while and we must be flexible and cooperative to do the best we can with a smile on our faces - despite the difficult challenges and tragedies that will happen along the way. And we must all continue to adhere to Government recommendations for Covid19 containment as they develop.

During this time the “normal” activities of the club have been hibernating until we have guidance from the Government and the RFU on how the landscape will look in the summer and into the next season. We have continued to make slow but steady progress on the OML project despite the impact of Covid19. Covid19 also cut short the regular season and regrettably it meant that our men’s 1st XV were relegated back to Devon 1 in the leagues for next season. This was countered by our Dakotas ladies team that had a very good first season in the league structure.

In the meantime, we wait until Sunday’s message from the Prime Minister and from there, we will have solid information on which we can better plan our way forward with more certainty. You will hear from me again later next week following the outcome of Sunday’s national address.

One thing we can all do is to continue to show our appreciation every Thursday night for the nation’s keyworkers and volunteers. One thing this crisis has shown is how important we rely on people that go the extra mile either in their paid jobs or as volunteers to make our society work for the greater good of everyone. Let’s hope this enlightenment is not forgotten on the other side of Covid19 and that the core values of our beautiful game will feature in many people’s actions - teamwork, respect, discipline, enjoyment and sportsmanship.

Best wishes and please stay happy and healthy.

Harry Langley Chairman

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