Update on rules at Blackheath and Grafham

Updated: May 19



Following the recent easing of lockdown restrictions on 17 May and further guidance from the ECB, the club committee has reviewed the arrangements in place for members and visitors at our two grounds and pavilions at Blackheath and Grafham. As from Saturday 22 May, we will be following the revised arrangements set out below. These rules may well be changed again in the course of the season.

As a visitor to our grounds and pavilions over the coming weeks, we ask you to read these rules carefully so you are aware of what to expect upon arrival, and what we ask of you when you visit our sites.

Blackheath –

  1. Except when the bar is open (Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays from around 4pm onwards), the main part of the pavilion will be closed during matches and training sessions.

  2. When the bar is open, it will be possible for members and visitors to access the club-room, but only via the bar entrance on the side of the pavilion by the nets. Members and visitors who use the pavilion will be required to follow government guidelines for the opening of indoor hospitality facilities, including in particular wearing a mask except when seated at a table and sitting in groups of no more than 6. There will be table service of drinks (and food, when it is available) to those seated at tables.

  3. During matches and training sessions, the changing rooms will be open, but will not operate as normal changing rooms. The away changing room/toilet will be for players/officials only, and the home changing room/toilet will be for spectators only. If any player or spectator develops Covid-19 symptoms, the home changing room will become an isolation room.

  4. Players/officials are still asked to come ready changed if possible. However, if necessary it will be possible for a small number of players (of either team) to change in the away changing room. This is on the basis that (a) there can be no more than 6 people in the changing room at any one time; (b) the door and windows of the changing room are left open; and (c) the club takes no responsibility for any kit left in the changing room.

  5. There is a marquee, with no side panels to allow for ventilation, in the event that people wish to safely social distance under cover. Players who do not arrive ready changed may also change in this marquee. In the event of inclement weather, please either shelter in the marquee or return to your car; do not shelter in the pavilion.

  6. No cricket teas will be provided by the club for the time being, although this will be kept under review.

  7. Sanitiser will be available around the site.

Grafham -

  1. The pavilion will generally be closed apart from the disabled toilet and the home changing room. Both of these rooms should only be accessed from the rear of the building.

  2. The club-room should be accessed only by authorised club members as required for essential purposes. Except when an outside bar is in operation (Thursday and Saturday evenings), the front door of the pavilion will remain shut and locked.

  3. The disabled toilet is the only toilet available on site for all players, officials and spectators. The male and female toilets are not to be used.

  4. Players/officials are still asked to come ready changed if possible. However, if necessary it will be possible for a small number of players (of either team) to change in the home changing room. This is on the basis that (a) there can be no more than 6 people in the changing room at any one time; (b) the door and windows of the changing room are left open; and (c) the club takes no responsibility for any kit left in the changing room.

  5. The away changing room is not to be used until further notice, except in the event that someone develops Covid-19 symptoms, in which case it may be used as an isolation room.

  6. In the event of poor weather, please return to your cars. Those who do not have a car at the ground to return to should either ask another player if they can shelter in their car or (in the case of an U18 whose parent is not present), they may shelter in the home changing room. Players should not shelter in the club room.

  7. No cricket teas or drinks will be provided by the club, although this will be kept under review.

  8. Sanitiser will be available around the site.


What we ask of you as a visitor, be you a player, official or spectator...

As a player or official

  1. Please come already changed.

  2. Please bring your own food and drink.

  3. Please bring your own sanitiser where possible. We will provide wipes for the cricket balls and stumps.

  4. Please remember the social distancing and cleanliness rules throughout your visit, both on and off the pitch.

  5. Please ensure that the club has all your team and officials details as required by the Government’s Test and Trace requirements.

  6. Please don’t ignore signs. They are for the benefit of everyone attending and as such should be taken seriously.

As a spectator

  1. You may wish to bring your own seat. Benches are located around the ground but the club cannot guarantee their cleanliness.

  2. Please bring your own food and drink.

  3. Please bring your own sanitiser where possible.

  4. Please remember the social distancing and cleanliness rules throughout your visit, on and off the pitch.

  5. You will be asked at the bar to provide your contact details as required by the Government’s Test and Trace requirements. Even if you do not use the bar, but are located close to other people on the site, we would advise that you provide details for your own safety in the event of an issue with Covid-19 at a later date.

  6. Please don’t ignore signs. They are for the benefit of everyone attending and as such should be taken seriously.

For further information from the ECB about the Covid-19 situation, please read here.


Driving in the village and on the track up to the club


Finally, on a separate note, please can all visitors to the club arriving by car bear in mind that Blackheath is a small village with narrow lanes. There is a 20 mph advisory speed limit in the village generally and a 5mph speed limit on the track up to the club. Please do respect these speed limits at all times and make sure you drive carefully and considerately.


On the very limited occasions when you are asked to exit the club by using the track alongside the ground in front of the houses, please drive extremely slowly, both because there are likely to be children about and because if you drive at any speed at all, it kicks up clouds of dust. Your consideration will be much appreciated.

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