Banbury Cricket Club warns over consumption of alcohol not purchased at club


Members urged to support club’s bar rather than bringing their own supplies

Members of Banbury Cricket Club have been asked to support the club’s bar rather than bringing their own supplies of alcohol to the ground.   The message from the club’s management is aimed at a “small handful” of club members and members from opposing teams.

Banbury Cricket Club’s ground on White Post Road in Bodicote houses a bar within the clubhouse.   “The Willows” is run by club members and in the past, profits have been used to subsidize the club’s activities.

The statement from Banbury Cricket Club says, “It has come to our attention that over recent weeks, a small handful of club members and opposing teams have been bringing their own alcohol onto premises at White Post Road and then consuming this on site, despite the bar being open. We would ask you only to consume alcohol on the ground that is purchased from our bar”.

The statement indicates that as a result of curtailed activities due to coronavirus the formerly profit making licenced bar is now operating at a loss.   The statement says, “We would like to remind everyone that The Willows Banbury is a loss-making business run by members of the club. It has subsidised cricket at the club to the tune of £40,000 since it started.

“Our challenges have understandably been made even tougher throughout the current Pandemic, with many months of no business at all and an unclear outlook as we head towards Autumn and Winter”.

Banbury Cricket Club is heading into the final few weeks of the 2020 season, with the programme of matches severely disrupted due to the pandemic.

The Club’s statement concludes with a plea for support.   It says, “We would like to reiterate that the bar is open at White Post Road and we would strongly encourage that anyone wishing to consume alcohol on the premises does so by supporting Banbury Cricket Club through The Willows Banbury.

“The large majority of people involved with cricket are volunteers and do their roles with the best interests of the club at heart, therefore we would ask that you do your best to support your club in return”.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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