Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Dear Members

It may be blowing a gale outside as I am writing this newsletter to you however, spring is nearly here! We have snowdrops and crocuses in the front garden at the Club and the daffodils are in bud.

Did you know that just over 50 years ago on Saturday January 29th 1972 the informal opening of Newark Conservative Club’s new premises at Belvedere, London Road took place? According to the piece in the Newark Advertiser the club moved from Cartergate and women were allowed as associate members for the first time! They, the women associates, were in the Club on the following Monday. The women could go into the Eden Lounge but the Churchill and MacMillan rooms where the men played snooker was still forbidden territory. We have come along way since then, thank goodness!

I extend a very warm welcome to new Members – Gary Clay, Shaun Sutton, Richard Rosling, John Moody and Benjamin Reed. I hope you will soon feel at home in the Club. Apologies to John Crowden – a new Member in January – I inadvertently misspelt his name as Crowder.

If there is anything we can do to improve your experience as new Members please let myself or a Member of the Committee know. Details of how to contact us are at the bottom of this newsletter.

Condolences – Our sincere sympathy goes to the families of John Wilson and John Duckett, both Members who have recently passed away.

Committee business

Members Subscription – a final reminder from me if you have not already paid. The renewal fee this year is £41.00. The Committee and I are working very hard to provide a comfortable place for you to eat, drink, socialise and be entertained. We very much value your membership and hope that you will renew and take advantage of the wonderful facilities we have to offer.

AGM This very important annual meeting will be towards the end of March or beginning of April. The precise date will be advertised as soon as it can be confirmed. We hope as many Members as possible will come along. You will be advised accordingly and appropriate notices will be published on the notice board in the normal way in due course.

CCTV In common with a large number of licensed premises it has been agreed by the Committee that

a CCTV camera will be installed behind the bar in the Alexander Lounge. The purpose of this camera will be to protect our staff/workers who are sometimes required to work on their own. In addition, CCTV will be used to provide added security when the Bar is left unattended. Records will, under normal circumstances, only be available to those authorised to view them by the Committee and kept for no longer than 30 days.

Minimum spend The Committee voted at the last meeting to re-instate the minimum spend for card payment. With effect from March1st you will have to spend £5.00 or more to permit use of your card. I apologise for the inconvenience however this is necessitated by the high charge made to the Club when card transactions are processed. It will still be possible to run up a “tab” which will reduce the Club’s costs. The “tab” will be payable before you leave the Club

I would also like to remind you that, in order to gain re-imbursement for your car park ticket, you must spend £5.00 or more on food, drinks or snooker. This “rule” has been relaxed in recent times because of the pandemic but will be enforced with effect from 1st March 2022.

 Sunday Quiz – those of you who attend the Sunday night quiz will have noticed the absence of one of the quiz masters, Steve Turner. Steve would give Ian Stonier a Sunday night off once a month by running the quiz but unfortunately has not been well. Best wishes and thanks very much for all your hard work Steve.

Xmas Quiz – I want to thank Pete Harper very much for all the hard work he put into his special Christmas Quiz. Pete raised the sum of £39.00 for Club funds and has offered to do a quiz quarterly – so keep your brain ticking over.

Ticket Prices for Entertainment events the Committee has long been in discussion about this thorny issue. At their last meeting it was decided that, due to the increasing cost of all our overheads including food, drink and entertainer’s fees, the price for an entertainment evening would have to reflect that and other imminent increases.

On occasions those who are not Members will be asked to pay more than Members and those who choose not to eat will be charged for the entertainment alone. The decision will be made by the Committee with information and advice from Miles.

 I realise this will not be a popular decision for some but those of us who go shopping will be well aware that prices have risen considerably in the past months. This decision has been made in an attempt to be fair to everyone. There has to be some advantage in being a Member and paying your subscription. It was also felt that, people who chose not to eat should make a fair and proportionate contribution towards the cost of the entertainer.

Future Events

Miles and the Committee are busy planning for the year ahead. Plans are already afoot for a bonanza weekend of Jubilee celebrations in early June – so watch this space. March is certainly looking full of promise :-

Chilli/Curry Night Saturday 12th March (7.00pm – 7.30 pm). The entertainment will be by James Courtney- The popular vocalist is making a welcome return to the Club. A curry (vegetarian curry available on request) will be served with rice and naan bread, the chilli will be served with rice and garlic bread. Sweets will be available at an additional charge. £15.00 per person with no additional charge for non-Members. Non -diners may join us for the entertainment for £5.00 per person. Payment required at the time of booking.

Bingo Saturday 19th March with a basket meal of either sausages (vegetarian available) or scampi. £5.00 per person. Non-diners and non-Members – no additional charge. Food will be served from 7.00 pm, eyes down 8.00 pm. Booking and pre-payment required

Mothering Sunday Lunch 27th March – treat that special lady to a very special lunch. £22.95 per person served from 12.00 pm. The Sunday carvery at the usual price will also be available. Payment required at the time of booking.

Starters

Duo Smoked Salmon Mousse with black pepper crackers and salad garnish

Chicken Liver pate, Melba Toast and red onion relish

Sea Bass, ginger and lime fishcake , rocket salad and soy sauce

Tomato, basil and red pepper soup, bread roll and butter

Mains

Roast topside of beef or Leg of Lamb

Roast potatoes and mash

Parsnips, Yorkshire pudding

Vegetables and gravy

Tuna Loin steak with Dauphinoise potatoes

Broccoli Florets and baton carrots

Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie with goat’s cheese mash

Broccoli Florets and baton carrots

Desserts

Apple and blackberry Pie

Gluten Free Almondy Peanut Caramel Tart

Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

Trio of Pistachio, salted caramel and Madagascan vanilla ice cream

or

Cheese and Biscuits (at an additional charge of £1.50)

Followed by Coffee and Mints

………

An exciting time table for March – I hope you will all agree. Come along, enjoy yourselves and support your Club. Miles also offers you ….

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery served 12.00 – 2.00 pm. Price for a main course alone is £6.40 and add £1.65 for a sweet.

Friday Shoppers Special served from 12.00 pm until 2.00pm. Hand battered Fish and chips with mushy peas, bread and butter and a pot of tea. £9.00 per person

Saturday Morning Breakfast – from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

 large – £6.95 and small £5.95. Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast. 

Sunday Lunch is very popular so don’t forget to reserve your table. All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. £7.50 per person – and with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.

Lunches are served Wednesday to Saturday 12.0pm to 2.00 pm with a variety of meals and snacks to suit your taste.

Snooker Room – I know some of you Grandads will be disappointed but the special Saturday Lunch-time offer of a free game of snooker for children will be finishing on 26th February. The Kids menu will still be available.  

Please don’t forget to support the other regular weekly events:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm. Congratulations to Mick Andrew who won £120 Wednesday 16th Feb on Open the Box. Prize will return to £50 next week.

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (prize money stands at £210) starts at 10.00 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question, Card Bingo and Ring the Bell. (Jackpot is £330 at the time of writing) Please note that this event starts at 8.30 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Covid 19 – We will continue to observe measures to keep you safe when in the Club

Please do not enter the Club if you have symptoms of covid-19. Let’s keep each other safe.

Best wishes

Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)

If you want to contact the Committee, please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address

 

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2022

The Committee and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

We have several new Members for 2022 – Mrs Jean Peet, Mr Nigel Tatton, Mr Terence Crowder, Mrs Lynne Harper, Ms Janette Snape and Mr David Murray-Carr. A very warm welcome to you all on behalf of the Committee and Members.

Committee business

The Newark Conservative Association has extended an invitation to a Club Member, who must also be a paid-up member of the Conservative Party, to become a member of the Association’s Committee. If anyone is interested and wishes to find out more about what would be involved please speak to Tony Lawson.

Your membership became due on January 1st 2022 and the renewal fee is £41.Those joining for the first time are required to pay £50 as a one-off fee. Thank you to all of you who have already re-joined. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.

BACS The preferred method of payment is B.A.C.S. because there is no cost to the Club. Payment details are as follows:

Payee – Newark Conservative Club

Sort code – 20   50   21

Account number – 03164209

Reference – A.B.Bloggs (Please ensure that you include your name and initials in the reference box to enable us to identify who has paid.)

We would be most grateful if you choose this option. Once you have paid by B.A.C.S please place your membership card in one of the brown envelopes on the Alexander Lounge bar and then place the envelope into the 2022 subscription box also on the Alexander Lounge bar.

Cash or Cheque Alternatively please place your £41.00 (cash or cheque made out to Newark Conservative Club) along with your membership card into one of the brown envelopes placed on the Alexander Lounge bar, then into the subscription box which is also placed on the Alexander Lounge bar.

Credit/Debit card if you wish to pay your subscription by credit/debit card, then you must ensure that the Club’s record of the transaction is placed in your envelope along with your membership card prior to being placed in the subscription box.

However you pay, if you require a car park sticker you are requested to write your car registration number on the brown envelope when paying, you will be able to collect your updated membership card and a car park sticker from the Alexander Lounge Bar in due course.

Food Safety and Hygiene

A food safety and hygiene inspection was carried out on 22nd December by Newark and Sherwood District Council. Some points for action were raised in the report – these have all now been successfully completed. The Inspector returned on the 18th January 2022 and has given us a clean bill of health. Miles returned from his holiday to a newly decorated kitchen!

News from the social scene

Miles and Andrea had a very busy time with a wide variety of events in December such as Casino Night, Christmas Eve nibbles, Christmas meals, and a 5 course Christmas Day lunch. There was a 3 course meal with entertainment on New Year’s Eve. It was a really enjoyable evening and a fun way to see in the New Year. We all had a wonderful meal and enjoyed fantastic live entertainment from Kim.

The Christmas decorations that added so much to the atmosphere have been put away for another year – thanks once again to Kath, Tony, Gaye and Martyn. Your hard work is much appreciated.

Andrea and Miles have just returned from a few days away, recuperating from all the hard work over the past year and especially Christmas. I would like to convey your thanks to them both for their hard work.

Miles is now planning the programme for the coming year.

January 29th  Bingo £5 per person for a basket meal of either sausage (vegetarian option available) or scampi and chips. Food served from 7.00 pm, eyes down 8.00 pm

February 19th – Celebrate Valentine’s Day  with a special meal (7.00pm – 7.30 pm) and entertainment by Jack Graham, vocalist. The menu will be

STARTERS

CREAMY MUSHROOM VOL AU VENT

HAZELNUT BUTTER SCALLOPS SERVED WITH SIDE SALAD

SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PATE TOPPED WITH REDCURRANT GLAZE SERVED WITH CRACKERS & SIDE SALAD

MAINS

PORK MEDALLIONS IN CIDER APPLE AND MUSHROOM SAUCE SERVED WITH DAUPHINOISE POTATOES BROCCOLI & CARROTS

CAULIFLOWER & RED PEPPER CURRY SERVED WITH RICE & NAAN BREAD

HALIBUT STEAK IN LEMON BUTTER & ROSEMARY SAUCE

SERVED WITH DAUPHINOISE POTATOES BROCCOLI & CARROTS

DESSERTS

HANDMADE BELGIAN CHOCOLATE CAKE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM

PASSION CAKE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM

STRAWBERRY & PROSECCO TRUFFLE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM

COFFEE & MINTS

Dining Members £29.95 per person

Dining non-Members £34.95 per person

Non- diners £10.00 per person 

BOOKING REQUIRED   

PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT TIME OF BOOKING

March 27TH  – Mothering Sunday  – treat your mother or the special lady in your life to a SPECIAL Mother’s Day lunch. More details to follow.  

And please Don’t forget your regular favourites for the diary

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery served 12.00 – 2.00 pm. Price for a main course alone will be £6.40 and add £1.65 for a sweet.

Friday Shoppers Special served from 12.00 pm until 2.00pm. Hand battered Fish and chips with mushy peas, bread and butter and a pot of tea. £9.00 per person

Saturday Morning Breakfast – from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

 large – £6.95 and small £5.95. Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast. 

Sunday Lunch is very popular so don’t forget to reserve your table. All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. £7.50 per person – and with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.

Lunches are served Wednesday to Saturday 12.0pm to 2.00 pm with a variety of meals and snacks to suit your taste.    

Snooker Room – it is now possible to order and eat a snack in the Snooker Room. A reminder of the Free Snooker taster sessions – On every Saturday lunch-time between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Members are invited to bring a young person between the age of 12yrs and 18yrs to play a game of snooker free of charge. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult Member at all times. A “kids” menu will be available e.g., burger and a coke £3.00.  

Please don’t forget to support the other regular weekly events:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm.

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (prize money stands at £170) starts at 10.00 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question, Card Bingo and Ring the Bell. (Jackpot is £135 at the time of writing) Please note that this event now starts at 8.30 pm with the Card Bingo. It will be followed at 9.00 pm by the Quiz itself. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

As always happens at this time of the year there is very little to report from the Bowls section. However we had a lovely Christmas Dinner at the Club. Thank you Miles and Andrea. We have a committee meeting at the end of the month and will put the AGM date in February ‘s issue of the Club Bulletin. 

Tony Parker

Ladies Section

The Ladies Section held their Christmas meal on 13th December, and sadly this would be the last time they would meet together as a group.  Due to diminishing numbers the £3 paid by each member at the monthly meetings would no longer amount to enough to be able to attract good quality speakers.   

 Although there were only 11 of us at the Christmas meal, this was an enjoyable event with plenty of food and wine and everyone went home with a small gift.  

There were remaining funds at the end of the year of £125.63 which it was agreed would be donated to various charities.  This was divided up as follows:

£65.63 to Beaumond House Hospice, £30 to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and £30 to Canine Partners (who were one of our last speakers and train assistance dogs).  I have had acknowledgements from all these Charities for our donations, so the money will be used beneficially.

It is sad that a group that has existed for many years has been disbanded, but as mentioned previously, diminishing numbers, ladies not renewing their Club Membership and changing times have contributed to this.  I think those of us who have attended over the years have heard some fascinating tales, seen some interesting demonstrations and overall had a good time. So thanks to everyone who has attended and made the meetings enjoyable.

Best wishes

Diane, Secretary/Treasurer.

Darts – bring your darts along and have a game in the Snooker Room. 

Dominoes –5’s and 3’s is on the last Thursday of every month at 7.45 pm. Learners are very welcome, support and training available if interested.  Please come along and join in. Further information from Monica and Richard Hill

Running out Dominoes is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm. from September until April.  Again, you will be welcome to join us. Further information from Kath and Tony Lawson

Newark Patriotic Fund

The target has been reached, so the bucket has been removed from the hall. Thanks to those of you who have collected your milk bottle tops for this worthy cause.

Covid 19 – We will continue to observe measures to keep you safe when in the Club

The doors/windows will be opened at regular intervals for short periods of time to ventilate the Lounge as much as possible. Please feel free to wear a face mask when you are moving around the building.

The signing- in form remains available and also the track and trace NHS QR code. Cleaning of tables and chairs between customers has continued and will be maintained. Please continue to observe a safe distance between yourselves and other Members and their guests. Antiseptic hand gel is available for your use. Please do not enter the Club if you have symptoms of covid-19. Let’s keep each other safe.

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2022

Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)

If you want to contact the Committee, please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address  

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – December 2021

The Committee and I wish all Members a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you all have a wonderful time. Don’t forget that we have a lot to offer you at Christmas and New Year. Bookings are still being taken for Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve so have a look at the menu – I am sure there will be something to suit you. You can sign in your family and friends as well so they won’t miss out.

 The Club is looking resplendent in Christmas decorations. Our thanks go to Gaye, Martin, Kath and Tony for spending their time to create a festive atmosphere. This year we also have a Christmas tree outside the front porch – thanks to Andrea for that.

 On Christmas Eve – Friday – the evening will have a decidedly Christmas flavour to it. Come along and join in the fun starting at 8.30 pm with Kath’s Xmas Quingo. You will be able to enjoy “nibbles” whilst you listen to Christmas music. There will be picture and music quizzes with a Christmas theme. There will also be the old favourite – Play your Cards right – not once but twice!. Put on your Christmas hats, jumpers, costumes and win a prize for the “best dressed” person.

 If you don’t want to cook and wash up on Christmas Day Miles and his team will do it all for you. Join us at the Club for a Christmas feast served from 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm.

 I imagine we are all wishing for a better 2022 in terms of being able to return to our normal lives. Come and see the New Year in at the Club with a 3 course meal at a bargain price of £25.00. If you have already booked 2 courses please contact Miles or one of the staff to choose a third course -which is now included in the price.

 After all the hard work over the past year and particularly the festive season Miles and Andrea have decided to take a well-earned break early in the New Year This means that there has been some revision of opening times during the week from Monday 3rd January to Friday 7th January 2022.  Please see calendar below for details. Hope you both enjoy your holiday!

Christmas Calendar of events 2021

DATE

EVENT (all events are dependent on Covid-19 rules permitting)

Sun 19t     Dec     

Usual opening hours   

Xmas Fayre Menu optional for Sunday lunch £15.95 each

Mon 20th Dec

Usual opening hours   

Tues 21st   Dec

Usual opening hours   

Wed 22nd Dec

Usual opening hours   

Thurs 23rd Dec

Usual opening hours   

Xmas Eve 

Usual opening hours   Evening 7.00 pm until 12.30am – Free Xmas nibbles plus Play Your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot Draw and other Xmas games with PRIZES. Wear your Xmas jumper!   

Xmas Day

Xmas Day Lunch £49.95 per person 12.00 pm until last sitting at 4.30pm. Evening – CLOSED

Boxing Day

Closed lunch-time                  Evening open as usual 7.00 pm

Mon 27th Dec

Closed lunch-time                  Evening open as usual 7.00 pm

Tues 28th Dec

Closed lunch-time                  Evening open as usual 7.00 pm

Wed 29th Dec

Closed lunch-time                  Evening open as usual 7.00 pm

                                                   no evening quiz

Thurs 30th Dec

Usual opening hours. No Thursday lunch -time carvery 

New Year’s Eve

Usual opening hours. Lunch-time Fish and Chip Special available

Evening entertainment by Kim – vocalist and multi-instrumentalist/3 course meal £25.00 each           7.00 pm for 7.30pm     SEATING will be RESERVED for diners only

Sat 1st       Jan 2022

Closed all day and evening. No food available

Sun 2nd Jan

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm. NO quiz

Mon 3rd Jan  

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm

Tues 4th Jan

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm

Wed 5th Jan

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm

Thurs 6th Jan 

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm

Fri 7th Jan

CLOSED during the day. Bars and Snooker room open at 7.00 pm Play your Cards Right will be on but there will be no meat draw.

Sat 8th Jan

Open as normal. Food available  

Sun 9th Jan

Open as normal. Sunday lunch available and evening quiz .

 

CHRISTMAS DAY MENU – £49.95 per person

                                         A GLASS OF BUCKS FIZZ AND CANAPÉS ON ARRIVAL

STARTERS

WILD PHEASANT PATE WITH APPLE BRANDY SERVED WITH CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CRACKERS & CARAMELISED ONION CHUTNEY

TOMATO, BASIL & RED PEPPER SOUP SERVED WITH WARM ROLL & BUTTER

DUO OF SMOKED SALMON MOUSSE SERVED WITH

CRACKED BLACK PEPPER CRACKERS & SALAD GARNI

 MAINS

TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY OR ROAST BEEF SERVED WITH ROAST & MASHED POTATOES, YORKSHIRE PUDDING, SEASONAL VEGETABLES, PIGS IN BLANKETS & GRAVY

MUSHROOM, CRANBERRY, BRIE & NUT WELLINGTON SERVED WITH HERBY NEW POTATOES & SEASONAL VEGETABLES OR SALAD

HALIBUT STEAK SERVED WITH HERBY NEW POTATOES & SEASONAL VEGETABLES OR SALAD

DESSERTS

LUXURY CHRISTMAS PUDDING SERVED WITH BRANDY SAUCE

RED VELVET CHEESECAKE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM

CARAMEL APPLE PIE SERVED WITH CREAM, CUSTARD OR ICE CREAM

CHOCOLATE ST HONORE GATEAU SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM

OR CHEESE AND BISCUITS

COFFEE & MINCE PIES

BOOKING & PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED 

  NEW YEARS EVE – CHOICE OF 2  COURSES £25.00 per person

NOW  THREE Courses for the same price !!

STARTERS

PARSNIP CARROT & CUMIN SOUP

SERVED WITH WARM ROLL & BUTTER

MINI CAMEMBERT SERVED WITH SALAD & SALSA DIP

ARDENNES PATE SERVED WITH CRACKERS & CARAMELIZED ONION CHUTNEY

MAINS

CHICKEN BREAST IN LEMON & HONEY SAUCE

SERVED WITH DAUPHINOISE POTATOES & FRESH VEGETABLES

LUXURY STEAK, ALE & HORSERADISH PIE

SERVED WITH MASH POTATOES, FRESH VEGETABLES & GRAVY

SALMON FILLET SERVED WITH HERBY NEW POTATOES & SALAD

MUSHROOM BRIE, CRANBERRY & NUT WELLINGTON

SERVED WITH NEW POTATOES & FRESH VEGETABLES

DESSERTS

LEMON MERINGUE PIE

APPLE PIE

STRAWBERRY & PROSECCO TRUFFLES

SERVED WITH CUSTARD CREAM OR ICE CREAM

Booking and pre-payment required

I hope you will agree, there is plenty for us all to enjoy over Christmas and the New Year.  In January, Miles is already planning to celebrate Burns Night on Saturday the 29th January 2022 with a traditional meal. More information to follow.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement, good wishes and feedback over the past year. without you all the hard work would not be worthwhile. I hope you will all re-join in 2022.

Your membership will become due on January 1st 2022 and the renewal fee is £41.Those joining for the first time are required to pay £50 as a one-off fee.

I want to take this opportunity to remind you why the subs have increased from £37.00 to £41.00. At the AGM in 2019 the Membership voted for a £2.00 annual increase for the following 5 years. Last January 2021, in view of the pandemic and the consequent lock-down the Committee took the unusual step of freezing the £2.00 increase for that year only. Hence in 2022 the subs are £41.00 – still very good value for money.

BACS The preferred method of payment is B.A.C.S. because there is no cost to the Club. Payment details are as follows:

Payee – Newark Conservative Club

Sort code – 20   50   21

Account number – 03164209

Reference – A.B.Bloggs (Please ensure that you include your name and initials in the reference box to enable us to identify who has paid.)

We would be most grateful if you choose this option. Once you have paid by B.A.C.S please place your membership card in one of the brown envelopes on the Alexander Lounge bar and then place the envelope into the 2022 subscription box also on the Alexander Lounge bar.

Cash or Cheque Alternatively please place your £41.00 (cash or cheque made out to Newark Conservative Club) along with your membership card into one of the brown envelopes placed on the Alexander Lounge bar, then into the subscription box which is also placed on the Alexander Lounge bar.

Credit/Debit card if you wish to pay your subscription by credit/debit card, then you must ensure that the Club’s record of the transaction is placed in your envelope along with your membership card prior to being placed in the subscription box.

In person Tony will be present at the Club to take your subs payments at the following times:

Monday 3rd January            7.00  pm – 9.00pm

Friday 7th January               7.00  pm – 8.45 pm and 9.15 pm – 11.00 pm

Wednesday 12th January   10.30 am – 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm –   8.00 pm

Thursday 13th January       12 noon- 2.00 pm

Friday 14th January            12 noon to 1.30 pm and   7.00 pm – 8.45 pm and 9.15 pm – 11.00 pm                                          

However you pay, if you require a car park sticker you are requested to write your car registration number on the brown envelope when paying, you will be able to collect your updated membership card and a car park sticker from the Alexander Lounge Bar in due course.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU on your behalf to the Officers of the Committee, the Committee Members, Miles, Andrea and the team of staff who have worked extremely hard in difficult circumstances to ensure that the “show goes on. Well done to all of you.

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all  

Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)

If you want to contact the Committee, please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address

 PS In the last newsletter I recorded the death of Patrick Wright and mistakenly relayed our condolences to his wife Diane. Mrs Wright’s name is Pauline.  My sincere apologies to all concerned. 

 PPS In the November Newsletter I stated that the price of the Thursday carvery was £ 5.95. This was an error. The price is £6.40 for two courses. My apologies.  

Covid 19 – We will continue to observe measures to keep you safe when in the Club

The windows will be opened at regular intervals for short periods of time to ventilate the Lounge as much as possible.

Please feel free to wear a face mask when you are moving around the building.

The signing- in form remains available and also the track and trace NHS QR code.

Cleaning of tables and chairs between customers has continued and will be maintained.

Please continue to observe a safe distance between yourselves and other Members and their guests.

Antiseptic hand gel is available for your use.

Please do not enter the Club if you have symptoms of covid-19. Let’s keep each other safe.

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Dear Members,

Firstly I want to say hello and a very warm welcome to new members Florence and Christopher Eglin, Michael Clark, Malcolm Mallard, Ronald Treadwell, Chris Graham and Brian Hughes. We hope that you will soon get to know your fellow members and find some Club activities which interest you.

AGM  – 27th July

This important and necessary annual event has been held and this year comprised of not one but two AGM’s. This was a direct result of the covid lockdowns.  Approximately 30 Members attended. Our President Mr Robert Jenrick, MP was invited but unfortunately was unable to attend.  Darren Willson, the previous Chairman, presided over the AGM for 2019 and I took over and presided over the 2020 AGM.

I am pleased to announce that I am no longer acting Chairwoman but confirmed in post. The Club Secretary and those retiring members of the Committee were voted into post once again. The end result being that the Committee remains unchanged.  

Club Secretary

Tony Lawson

Treasurer

Helen Andrew

Sub groups

 

 

 

Stocktake

Vaughan Wright

 

 

House

Sheila Andrew

Bar and Entertainment

Ian Stonier

Health and Safety

Darren Willson

Snooker Room

Darren Willson

 

Mark Carter

 

Mark Carter

Winchilsea Avenue

Kath Lawson

 

 

 

Alan Card

 

 

 

Defacing of Committee  nomination sheet

As part of the democratic process of electing Club officials a sheet for nominations etc is placed on the Club Notice Board for three weeks prior to the AGM. I regret to inform you that during this time the sheet was defaced and a person’s name was scored out. I take this matter very seriously indeed, not only because it is part of a democratic process but because some one who is willing to give up their time and energy for the benefit of Members is left feeling hurt and angry. I will be conducting a short process to try to investigate what happened but realistically speaking I am not likely to succeed. My hope is that this will not happen again.

19th July Relaxation of covid regulations

This date was long awaited by many – ditch the masks, hug everyone, and let’s get on with our lives! However the Government, whilst removing legal constraints, is advising everyone to be careful, cautious and mindful of others. The infection rates are generally rising and talk is of another lockdown in September.

So, for the time being, although you can now go to the Bar to purchase your drinks I am asking you all to think seriously about protecting your fellow Members by continuing with some of the measures that we have all got so used to – among these wearing face masks and social distancing. To this end some of the covid signs will remain displayed in the Club as reminders. The QR code on the Entry Hall table and the paper signing-in sheet will be available for those who chose to “sign in”. It will be, however, your choice to follow any of these measures.

Your safety is our main aim so we will continue to provide hand sanitiser at various stations and social distancing measures in the toilets will remain in place for the time being.

Please refrain from entering the Club if you have symptoms of covid-19. Let’s keep each other safe.

During the month of July – The Lincolnshire Snooker and Billiards Association, ably organised by Mr Roy Froggatt, conducted their annual Billiards Tournament in our snooker room on Sunday the 4th. About thirty people attended and appreciation of our snooker room and tables was expressed by the visitors. It is always a pleasure to welcome them. Miles provided a tasty Sunday Lunch and liquid refreshment. A good day was had by all.

On the 17th July it was eyes down for a few games of Bingo. Dot Town was her usual witty self, ably assisted by Miles.

Price Increase Please note that with effect from the 28th July the price of all drinks will be increased. This is a direct result of a price increase by the suppliers.

Visitors are always very welcome – please sign in and pay £1.00 for each person (free visitor entry during the day). A visitor’s signing -in book and payment box is now available at both the Alexander Lounge Bar and the Snooker Room Bar for your convenience.

Programme for August

Date

Event

Start

Food

Price

31st July

Paul Kry entertainer and dancing

8.00 pm for 8.30 pm

Chill, Rice, potato wedges

£5.00

8th August

Private  – Afternoon Christening party  – upstairs Lounges

15th August

Private – Meeting of the Jaguar Club – Daimler exhibit

21st August

Race Night

7.30 pm

First race 9.00 pm

Fish and Chips supper served at 8.00 pm

£5.00

30th August

Car Boot Sale

Arrive 8.00 am

Start 8.30 am

 

Snacks available

£5 per car

NB there will be no onsite parking available during this event

4th September

70/80s Disco

More information to follow

 

Calling all car enthusiasts!! On the 15th August the Jaguar Society will be exhibiting a unique Daimler – one of a kind – on the Club’s front lawn. So, don’t miss this opportunity to come and look it over and have some Sunday Lunch as well!  It might be the closest you ever get to a car of its kind.

When booking any of these events, a meal or a snooker table please ask behind the bar or phone Miles’s mobile: 07738 628668. Miles continues to offer Members and their guests the following: –

Early Bird Tea-time specials weekly from Wednesday to Saturday 6.00pm – 8.00 pm. Two courses £7.50 per person. If you want to include a glass of wine the price is £10.00 per person. Book your seats early.

Sunday Lunch with all the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. £7 per person with starters and sweets available at extra cost.  Booking necessary as usual. Served every Sunday. Don’t forget your loyalty card – buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.

Lunches are served Wednesday to Saturday 12.0pm to 2.00 pm with a variety of meals and snacks to suit your taste.

Snooker Room – it is now possible to order and eat a snack in the Snooker Room.

ATTENTION ALL SNOOKER PLAYERS – an in-house Snooker Tournament will be starting soon. All information is on the Snooker Room notice board. Anyone who is interested in taking part may contact Chris Dent by either emailing the Club on info@newarkconservativeclub and we will pass your message on OR why not call in to see Chris who is normally in the Snooker Room on a Saturday evening after 8.00 pm.?  

A reminder of the Free Snooker taster sessions – On every Saturday lunch-time between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm starting on 3rd July Members are invited to bring a young person between the age of 12yrs and 18yrs to play a game of snooker free of charge. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult Member at all times. A “kids” menu will be available e.g. burger and a coke £3.00.   

It’s all happening in the Snooker Room.

Please don’t forget to support the other regular weekly events:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm. Come and test your knowledge, have a drink and a chat. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (prize money is currently £370) starts at 10.00 pm, if you don’t enter you can’t win.  Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question, Card Bingo and Ring my Bell. (Jackpot is currently £195) Please note that this event will now start at 8.30 pm with the Card Bingo. It will be followed at 9.00 pm by the Quiz itself. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Come and take your chance at winning the Silly Question prize and Ring the Bell jackpot.  

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

We have had a good month with the weather, no matches called off, and a reasonable month with the bowling. Won half our matches. We have reached the semi-final of the Millennium Cup.

 5 4 3 2 1 is going well and again the weather has been kind. In the lead is Richard Towning, 2nd place is Ray Longstaff and 3rd is our current champion Tony Lale. Weather permitting, 6 mornings left. 

Don’t forget, if you are a member of the Cons Club you can come and join us on Beaumond Gardens any Tuesday, 10am. Coffee and biscuits costs 50 pence or tell Miles, the Club Steward and he will put you in touch with me. New bowlers are always welcome. Bowls are available but you do need flat shoes.

All bowlers and their guests are very welcome to come back to the Club for refreshment after play.

Tony Parker, Bowls Section Chairman

Darts – bring your darts along and have a game in the Snooker Room.  

Dominoes – is re-starting Thursday 29th July at 7.30 pm 5’s and 3’s. Learners are very welcome, support and training available if interested.  

Ladies Section Programme

If things continue to go to plan we have a simple programme for the remainder of 2021 just in case we need to change anything at the last minute.

All Monday evenings, start 7.30 p.m. These will be free meetings, you will just need to buy your own drinks, tea/coffee etc.

6th September – Quiz,
4th October – Bingo
1st November – Floral demonstration by Mandy
13th December – Christmas Dinner. Money for this will be taken at the November meeting.

If there are any ladies who wish to join, please send your name and email address to dianeplumb@btinternet.com and you will be added to her distribution list. You will be made very welcome. 

Job Vacancies

We are still advertising for an Assistant Cook Part time (some similar experience would be an advantage) and more bar and waiting on staff. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested, please let them know and ask them to ring Miles on 07738 628668 for more information. Hours flexible.

If anyone feels that they have something to give to their Club by becoming a Committee Member please have a chat with me, Tony or any Committee Member to find out more. We are a friendly group, and meetings are lively and informal. All you need is a commitment to the Club, some free time and some ideas to enhance the product we offer to Members. 

Ruth, (Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer)

Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)

If you want to contact the Committee, please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address.

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – February 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – June 2021

Dear Members,

Lovely to see you are returning to the Club and we welcome you back with open arms. The records show that 32 Members have decided not to renew their Membership in 2021, however we have also had a number of new Memberships.

WELCOME to recent new Members. They are Mr Michael Clark, Mr Chris and Mrs Florence Eglin, Ms Ann-Marie Seaston and Mr Martyn Glenville, Mr Anthony and Mrs Erica Browne and Mr Malcolm Mallard. I hope you will soon feel at home in the Club

I am also pleased to announce that our Steward and his wife have been made honorary Members of the Club. This is in acknowledgement of the unwavering commitment they have shown to the Club during the covid 19 pandemic and in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have both made to ensuring that the Club continues in business. There is no doubt that without them and their hard work we would have struggled during this period.  Our sincere thanks to both of you.

Hopefully, on July 19th, most if not all of the covid restrictions will be lifted and this will make things a lot easier for Miles and his team.

Carol Jessop   It is with sadness that I record the death of Mrs Carol Jessop. We send our condolences to Brian and family

Audrey Wade I am sure you will all wish to join me in sending condolences to Harry and family on the death of Audrey.

Malcolm Peet I regret to inform you of the death of Malcolm Peet. We send our condolences to Diane and family.

We enjoyed a number of events at the Club during June. The 12th June saw the Curry Night which was a great success with over 25 people attending. The curries were very tasty and the entertainment got everyone’s’ toes a’tapping. Ryan was outstanding on the keyboard and those who attended all became experts at “chair dancing”.

Miles’s first Afternoon Tea at the Club was a resounding success. Lots of sandwiches, pastries and lashings of cream all washed down with tea or coffee. It is to be hoped that Miles will repeat the occasion before too long. WARNING – this event will not improve the size of your waist line!

On the 26th June Louise Scott entertained us all with her lovely voice. Her programme was very varied with something in it for everyone to enjoy with songs from The Supremes, Abba

 and Tina Turner. Once again, we were treated to one of Miles’s delicious buffets.

To sum up – June was a bonanza of live musical entertainment.

We are now moving into July which, just in case we get a question in the quiz!!, is the seventh month of the Gregorian calendar and was named after Julius Caesar in 44BC.

Our programme for July is as follows:

Saturday July 3rd – England v Ukraine in Rome at 8.00 pm. Come and watch the footie whilst enjoying a pint. Sausage baps and chips (£5.00 per person) will be available during the match.  

Sunday July 4th – a Billiards Tournament is being held in the Snooker Room and consequently it will be closed to Members during the day but will re-open for the evening session.

Saturday 17th July – BINGO – 7.30 pm – Scampi or Sausages and chips £5.00 per person. Booking essential

Tuesday 27th July – covid regulations permitting – AGM 2020 and 2021. Membership cards to be shown at the door. Items you wish to be included on the agenda should be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, Tony Lawson by 14th July. Copies of the 2019 and 2020 Accounts and the Chairwoman’s Address 2021 will be made available to Members in the main hallway in due course. 

Saturday 31st July – we have an Entertainment evening with Paul Kry a male vocalist. 8.00 pm for 8.30 pm. Food – Chilli, Rice, Potato wedges – will be available at a cost of £5.00 per person. Booking essential.  

When booking any of these events, a meal or a snooker table please ask behind the bar or phone Miles’s mobile: 07738 628668.

Miles continues to offer Members and their guests the following: –

Early Bird Tea-time specials weekly from Wednesday to Saturday 6.00pm – 8.00 pm. Two courses £7.50 per person. If you want to include a glass of wine the price is £10.00 per person. Book your seats early.

Sunday Lunch with all the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. £7 per person with starters and sweets available at extra cost.  Booking necessary as usual. Served every Sunday. Don’t forget your loyalty card – buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.

Lunches are served Wednesday to Saturday 12.0pm to 2.00 pm with a variety of meals and snacks to suit your taste.

Snooker Room Bar – it is now possible to order and eat a snack in the Snooker Room.

Free Snooker taster sessions – On every Saturday lunch-time between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm starting on 3rd July Members are invited to bring a young person between the age of 12yrs and 18yrs to play a game of snooker free of charge. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult Member at all times. A “kids” menu will be available e.g. burger and a coke £3.00.   

Please don’t forget to support the other regular weekly events:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm. Come and test your knowledge, have a drink and a chat. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot starts at 10.00 pm, if you don’t enter you can’t win.  Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question, Card Bingo and Ring my Bell. Please note that this event will now start at 8.30 pm with the Card Bingo. It will be followed at 9.00 pm by the Quiz itself. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Come and take your chance at winning the Silly Question prize and Ring the Bell jackpot.  

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

Sad news for the club as well as the bowls section. One of our top lady bowlers, Carol Jessop, died earlier in the month. The funeral took place on the 30th June. Rest in Peace Carol.

 5 4 3 2 1 is going well and we have escaped the rain. Tony Lale has leapt into the lead on 53. 2nd is Richard Towning on 49 and 3rd is Ray Longstaff on 45. The league is going quite well. We lost to Southwell away and beat them at home. Got a hiding from Northern. Don’t forget if anyone wants to join us tell Miles and he will put you in touch with me 

New bowlers are always welcome so if any members of the Cons Club would like to have a go, please come along on a Tuesday morning, 10am and have a social morning. Bowls are available but you do need flat shoes.

Tony Parker, Bowls Section Chairman

P.S. Miles and the Committee would like to let all bowlers and their guests know that they will be very welcome to come back to the Club for refreshment after play.

Darts – bring your darts along and have a game in the Snooker Room.  

Dominoes – regrettably this activity will remain on hold until the covid rules allow  

Ladies Night Update.

This group will possibly meet again for the first time since the pandemic in September. If there are any ladies who wish to join, please send your name and email address to dianeplumb@btinternet.com and you will be added to the distribution list. We hope to have an interesting programme in 2021/22 and you will be very welcome. 

Reminders

Guests Members’ Guests are very welcome to visit our Club. Members should ensure that all their guests sign in and pay £1. The book and payment box are both available at the Lounge Bar and Snooker Room bar. Guests are free at lunch-times.  

Car Park Only Members are entitled to park in the Car Park. You should display your Member’s sticker (which is not transferrable) in your front windscreen and purchase a car parking ticket from the machine. You will be re-imbursed your £1.00 when making a purchase of £5.00 or more and on production of your car park ticket.

Disabled Parking – please remember to display your disabled parking badge when making use of the designated disabled bays at the front of the building.  

Job Vacancies

We are currently advertising for an Assistant Cook and more bar and waiting on staff. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested, please let them know and ask them to ring Miles on 07738 628668 for more information.

Cleaning – After careful consideration the Committee decided to approach local cleaning companies for quotes regarding the day to day cleaning of the premises. I am pleased to let you all know that we have engaged Dustbusters, a local cleaning company.

Electrical work

Electrical work within Belvedere is ongoing. To put it in layman’s terms it is proving extremely difficult to “track” the circuits and identify what supply is going where. As one piece of work is started it uncovers another anomaly. There is no question that this work is essential. The Committee are currently waiting for an estimate of the cost of producing a project plan which will help us “stage the work” in self-contained units and keep an eye on the cost.

As you are aware the Committee has a vacancy. If anyone feels that they have something to give to their Club in this way please let me know. We are a friendly group, and meetings are lively. All you need is a commitment to the Club, some free time and some ideas to enhance the product we offer to Members.  Interested? Please do not hesitate to have a chat with me or Tony or any other Member of the Committee. Now is the time with the AGM imminent.

Ruth, (Acting Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer)

Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)

If you want to contact the Committee, please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address.