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21 May

OVs in Hospitality

The week hospitality businesses in England were able to finally open their doors wide, we spoke to some OVs to see how they felt properly re-opening their doors again:

Will and Gillian Kerton and their Churchfields cows


Will Kerton (Os 82-92) & Gillian Kerton, Churchfields:
“We are over the moon to be open for business and properly welcome our customers and their families back to Churchfields. Although recently we’ve been offering walking trails, outdoor seating for food and ice-cream and, of course, takeaways, being able to fully open our restaurant and play barn areas will make such a difference for our customers and of course our business. Looking forward to what will hopefully be full and final lifting of restrictions in June.”

Picture by Marcus Mingins 

Fanos Hira FCA (Os 80-87), Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) Chairman:Fanos Hira OV
“Worcestershire County Cricket Club is really excited to be welcoming spectators back to New Road for the first time in 20 months when we host Derbyshire on 27th May 2021 in round eight of the County Championship. It has been a challenging period for everyone during the pandemic, and it’s so pleasing to see how all staff, players and coaches have adapted to this new situation that we all find ourselves in. Watching sport is an important part of the journey to our new normality. We look forward to restrictions, all being well, lifting further from 21st June 2021. We have a very busy period planned for late June/early July which includes Vitality Blast T20 home games, hosting England Women vs India on 3rd July 2021 , and Jo Wiley’s 90s Anthems on 17th July 2021. There appears to be, unsurprisingly perhaps, lots of pent-up demand!”

J J Goodman OV

J J Goodman (Br 97-02), Founder / Creative Director, London Cocktail Club:
“After a shattering year of lockdown, it’s uncomfortable to reflect on the turmoil we have overcome. For staff, landlords and suppliers, life hasn’t been easy, but somehow we’re back to business. This summer looks to be an exciting one for us as we take our first steps along the road to recovery. We pray there are no more surprises, and are set to focus on the moment at hand, which even if is just for now, a joyous one.”

Speaking to The Worcester News this week, OV Fred Jones (Cl 77-84), manager of The Imperial Tavern, Worcester, said as he opened his doors on Monday: “I am looking forward to today more than I can tell you, largely because I get to see our regular group of customers again that we’ve got, who are the lifeblood of the pub. We’ve got such a small area at the back of the pub we could only get eight people in, so it was unviable for us to open outdoors in April, so it has been frustrating, but we can’t wait for today. Fred is hopeful for the future, although he suspects “the full easing of restrictions might not happen at the end of June.”

We’d like to wish all OVs in hospitality, wherever you are, much better times ahead.