Everyone connected with the club was disappointed that Storm Ciara caused the postponement of our Challenge Cup fixture with London Skolars last Sunday.

Not least myself, who had given my wife her Christmas present as a short city break based on our bye week. I can’t risk an early divorce by cancelling the holiday.

I spent much of Saturday evening in conference calls with the RFL and London Skolars trying to work out the logistics of getting them to Barrow.

Train services were slashed and speed restrictions were in place and in the end the RFL sided with London in their view of player safety being compromised.

To be fair, the travel disruption on Sunday was worse than the proposed timetable, with both Euston Station and the M6 closed at various points in the day. There was no way they could have got to Barrow in time.

As it so happens, the bye week allows us least disruption with now only one league fixture able to go ahead next weekend as cup takes priority.

So it’s all systems go for next week and hopefully we have been given permission from the RFL to again stream the fixture, so I can view from abroad.

Off the field, we have been busy distributing season tickets to every child in the Furness area. It is very important that we continue to build our crowds and I am hoping that the whole town can get behind a promotion push.

I’d like to set a challenge that our crowds reach 2,000 as a minimum, which would be a remarkable success story.

Our season tickets sales are slightly lower than before the start of last season and I urge our loyal fans to commit to the season.

There are monthly payments options available and it really does allow the club to plan better when we have the guaranteed income.

There remains, as always, massive financial pressure on the club and we must use our facilities as much as possible.

We recently had a planning meeting involving the local council and it is was so important that we have now put some provisional event plans together.

We are hoping that we can arrange another Hall of Fame evening, a local music festival to celebrate VE day on the Bank Holiday Friday, May 8, a wrestling event in July, an event arranged by BAE Systems and regular opening of our doors throughout the summer weekends.

On hot sunny day, we can play music and have the biggest beer garden in Barrow together with streaming our away games in the bar.