Hello to all and everyone in these difficult times and as we now move into February I would like to provide you with the most recent information of associated happenings within the club during this Lockdown period.

Sadly, no Rugby or Social activity can take place for obvious reasons because of the Covid pandemic, obviously affecting all our lives right now. However at least we have the chance of TV providing the English Premiership and the Six Nations Internationals to enjoy. Respectfully and I do appreciate as I write, unfortunately it is just not the same as relaxing in our Clubhouse, beer in hand and welcoming friendly faces with much conviviality.

We at Barum are very fortunate in that we have an extremely committed band of volunteers ensuring that our Clubhouse and grounds are regularly monitored and remain in the best condition possible for whenever we can return.

From the Covid team led by Paul Shaddick, he says,

‘The COVID committee haven’t met since our statement on the 10th January 2021, so that is our assessment until there is an announcement from the government regarding lifting of lockdown. That said, we monitor the RFU community updates each week’

You may have noticed that the Clubhouse is being used privately by The NHS Pulmonary department two days per week, which is under their very strict Covid regulations. Security of the main clubhouse is monitored by Trevor & Jacqui Edwards & Trevor Shaddick. Post is being collected and acted upon by both Alan White and Hannah Hole, so as all corresponding club management continues.

From our Treasurer Benn Coley, he reports that Brfc Finances are as expected under the circumstances presently and in sound order too.

Our Head Groundsman Trevor Wayborn, reports much activity going on as this Lockdown allows him the clear path of time to plan and undertake various maintenance work necessary. Geoff Hayward, Tim Hickman and John Sheehan have been providing great support too which enabled the following works to be undertaken.

  • The Training Pitch has had an extensive overhaul with a Top dressing of compost, to soak up and release excess water.
  • The Main and 2nd Team Pitches are looking well with extensive scarification.
  • Bridgefields grounds have struggled with the excessive rain and water through December & January, however the drainage systems are being investigated, to improve facility.
  • The hedgerow along Bridgefield is getting an overhaul and will be replanted with beech and rowan trees to keep up the aesthetics . We are also working with Barnstaple in bloom, to plant summer and autumn wild-flower beds to help with the quality of appearance and wildlife.
  • Max Faulkner and his son Andy are constructing a new shed ready for the new Line marker and Quadraplay unit to be housed securely, along with help from Phil Gordon too.
  • Dogs are still an issue at the club with lockdown creating a huge amount of people using the space.  We are working with the dog warden and the council to try and educate people of the dangers to those who use these pitches, from the dog poo. 

From the NCA National Leagues I can report that all League and Cup rugby is suspended until September 2021, with a reminder that for next season there will be no relegation from Nat 2.

Please stay safe and well, respect the NHS and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as is possible.


Best regards

Ian Stanton












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