Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2022

Dear Members

We have another three new members this month – welcome to Wendy Blackshaw, Stuart Willis and Susan Smith. I hope you soon settle in and feel at home in the Club. Any queries you may have do not hesitate to speak to myself, Tony or a member of the Committee.   

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Ronald Pestell – a life member – who passed away on 3rd July.

It is also my sad duty to report that Vaughan Wright passed away very suddenly on 14th July. Our condolences go to Sandra his wife and his family. Vaughan had been a member of this Club since 1969 and a committee member for 36 years. We will miss him greatly.

Committee business

Important reminder – I need to give you all advance warning that Andrea and Miles will be on annual leave from 30th August until the 14th September inclusive. The Committee have now agreed cover arrangements for this period in the form of a relief Steward. It is envisaged that, for this period only, the lunch time menu will be reduced. The Club will be opening at 7.00 pm, on Sundays the 4th and 11th September with no Sunday dinners available on those days. Similarly, breakfast will not be available on Saturdays the 3rd and 10th September.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause members.

You will be aware that, for some time now, we have been struggling to employ staff behind the Bar and to wait-on. The good news is that on Friday 15th July Mollie Allwood worked her first shift behind the Bar. Please, make her feel welcome.

The more observant members will see that we now have a sign advising you all that the Club will not take responsibility for lost property. So please ensure that you keep your property safe at all times whilst on Club premises.

Please note that, during the hot weather, it will be permissible to wear tailored shorts on the Club premises.

Finally, but most importantly I have to inform you that the Committee has recently agreed to sell the property on Winchilsea Avenue. It is our intention to sell the flats as tenanted properties if the current tenants choose to remain. Rest assured that this decision has been taken after thorough research and investigation. Those of you who attended the last AGM and had sight of the accounts on that occasion will be aware that the business is not doing well. In the current economic climate and despite the best efforts of Miles the Steward, the Committee and the support of the members it is difficult to foresee an upturn in fortune for the foreseeable future. The flats are in a state of disrepair and require an investment of funds that the Club does not have. Also, the government is soon to change the regulations governing the letting of property.

The Club, currently has no capital to invest in the upkeep of the building (the flats or Belvedere) or in developing the business. The plan is that this much needed capital can be raised by selling the flats on Winchilsea Avenue thus enabling us to pay off two loans – one of which was taken out a number of years ago and the other more recently as a result of the Covid pandemic. It is hoped that this will relieve some of the financial pressure on the business and provide us with ongoing capital for future investment in the business.  I will keep you updated as to progress in future newsletters.

Past Events

The Bingo on Saturday 25th June was well attended. Thanks to Tony and Dot for officiating. A good night was had by all.

Special Offer number 1 – for a limited period only

I hope that you are enjoying the opportunity of sampling Somersby draught cider at the knock down price of £3.50 a pint. What better way to keep yourself hydrated in this heatwave?

Special Offer number 2 – for a limited period only

 “Happy not 1 but 2 hours”  Every Friday Night between 7.00 pm and 9.00pm all draught beers, lagers and ciders will be £3.00 per pint to include the Somersby cider.

Dates for your diary

 Don’t forget – you can book any event over the bar or by giving Miles a ring on

07738 628668

Saturday 20th August

A “Chilli/Curry night

 £10.00 per person

Keralan Cauliflower and Red Pepper Curry V

Chicken Balti or Lamb Rogan Josh or Beef Madras

All served with a mini Naan Bread, Poppadom and Rice.

Beef Chilli with garlic bread and rice

Attention all Snooker Players – Food will also be available in the snooker room this evening. So, if you fancy a curry or chilli, please book your food when you are booking your snooker table.

Please book with Miles in the usual way

Weekly specials continue to prove popular:

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery

Please note that the carvery will be temporarily suspended until September.

Usual lunch time menu will be in operation 

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast

– from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast.

Sunday Lunch

All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm.–

with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free

If you are feeling the heat cold salads will be available to accompany tuna loin steak, gammon or salmon. All with new potatoes 

Lunches

Wednesday to Saturday

12.0pm to 2.00 pm

Snooker Room

Book to avoid disappointment

Please note that 5s and 3s Dominoes scheduled for Thursday 28th July is cancelled. Richard and Monica apologise but have a prior engagement

:

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

 

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (which currently stands at £180) start 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. (prize money currently £430) Please note that this event starts at 8.30 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Best wishes

Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Ian, Kath, Sheila, (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 – July 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – June 2022

Dear Members

It is my pleasure to introduce two new members to you this month. Welcome to Nick Rush and Marie Walls. I hope you both will enjoy your membership.

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Mr Hugh Kent- apologies for this belated notice – we have just been informed that Hugh passed away earlier in the year.  

Committee business

I regret to inform you that Mark Carter has resigned from the Committee. Thank you Mark for your big contribution, not only in Committee meetings, but in other ways too. Mark regularly tested all the fire alarms as part of his Health and Safety role and cleaned all the snooker tables with Darren Willson. He will be a hard act to follow. If any member is interested in joining the Committee and would like to find out more about it please would they contact Tony (Club Secretary), Ruth (Chairwoman) or any member of the Committee. We are a friendly bunch and need YOUR help. 

At Committee we have been considering how to encourage “the snooker players to make the most of their Club membership and try out what is going on outside the snooker room. You can sign in your partners, spouses and friends and bring them to join in all the fun with the entertainment evenings, bingo, race night etc. You will all be very welcome. If nothing takes your fancy – let the Committee know of any ideas you may have and they will be considered. Please email info@newarkconservativeclub.org or leave a signed note behind the bar. Happy snookering!.

Sadly we are bidding Noah a fond farewell this week. Noah has worked behind the bar for a long time now and is a familiar face to many of you. He started as a footloose bachelor and now has a young family of his own. He is quitting to be able to spend more time with them. Goodbye Noah and thank you for all your hard work – we wish you all the best for the future.

I need to give you all advance warning that Andrea and Miles will be on annual leave from 30th August until the 14th September inclusive. The Committee are currently making cover arrangements for this period. It is envisaged that, for this period only, the lunch time menu will be reduced. The Club will be opening at 7.00 pm, on Sundays the 4th and 11th September with no Sunday dinners available on those days. Similarly breakfast will not be available on Saturdays the 3rd and 10th September. I will confirm precise arrangements in the next newsletter.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause members.

Past Events

2nd – 5th June The Jubilee weekend was very well supported by members and your feedback is very positive. Everyone reports that they enjoyed themselves. A huge Jubilee thank you to the “Jubilee team” – Kath, Sheila, Miles and Ian. These things don’t just happen and this group of people spent a lot of time planning and organising the event. Here are a few photos.

We were lucky with the weather for the “BBQ”. No rain! It was a well- attended event with about 50 people coming to enjoy the table skittles, hoopla, ten pin skittles, tombola and good company. Miles provided us with sausages, beefburgers and chicken kebabs. Andrea, Olivia and Charlotte kept us all well- watered. Thank you all four of you for making this event so successful.

I should take this opportunity to thank all those who donated the wonderful tombola prizes, from boxes of chocolates to beauty products, they were all well-received.

Saturday the 4th June we held an entertainment evening. This was our first real opportunity to enjoy the decorations that Kath and Tony, Martyn and Gaye Rollitt had put up in the Lounge. Wow! What a fantastic display of colour. Thank you to all of you particularly Gaye who hand-made all the “rosettes”

I hope you all agree that the decorations set the atmosphere for the evening, indeed all the celebratory events. There were flags and balloons on the table and Kath offered a crown to decorate and wear so we were all royal for the evening. Thank you Miles and Janet for the lovely buffet and to Andrea and Charlotte for looking after us so well.

And here it is! Confirmation that we did indeed have a Royal guest for the evening, although she was not very willing to be photographed. …………..

On the evening of Sunday 5thJune we had a game of Royal Quingo from Kath followed by a quiz from Ian. After Miles had served us all with free nibbles Ian called the Jubilee raffle. Over 20 winners were able to choose a bottle of something alcoholic. Winning numbers will be displayed on the notice board until all prizes have been claimed.

Thank you to all our Members at Newark Conservative Club. We celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style.

Introductory Special Offer

Miles would like to introduce Somersby draught cider for you all to sample. How better to cool down than with a nice refreshing pint? And at the offer price, for a limited time only, of £3.50 a pint. This draft will be available soon.

Dates for your diary

 Don’t forget – you can book any event over the bar or by giving Miles a ring on

07738 628668

Saturday June 25th

Why not start the evening with a basket meal at 7.00 pm? – and eyes down at 8.00 pm.

Chicken or fish and chips £5.00 per person. Booking and pre-payment required. Non-diners and non- members – no additional charge

Saturday 23rd July

Entertainment by Pat Campbell. Come and enjoy the music and a buffet of cold meats, salads and chip for £10.00 per person (same for non-members) and £5.00 for non-diners. 7.30 pm start. Booking essential

Weekly specials continue to prove popular:

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery

served 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast

– from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast.

 

Sunday Lunch

All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm.–

with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free

If you are feeling the heat cold salads will be available to accompany tuna loin steak, gammon or salmon. All with new potatoes 

Lunches

Wednesday to Saturday

12.0pm to 2.00 pm

Snooker Room

Book to avoid disappointment

:

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

 

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (which currently stands at £140) start 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 £425 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.

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

Don’t forget 54321 on a Tuesday morning 10.00 am all welcome. Cheers – Tony Parker

Best wishes

Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, 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 – July 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – May 2022

Dear Members

I am very pleased to inform you that this month we have 3 new Members. Andrew Ellwood, Martin Kyne and Clive Godney – you are all most welcome. Please introduce yourself to me or any Committee member, and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask.

 Also welcome back to Richard Everest, Elaine Dickinson, Sally Elson and Linda Mannering. You have all been missed. 

That makes 23 new Members this year so far and, if you are one of them, I am eager to hear from you if you have any ideas about what we can do to enhance what we offer to Members in terms of entertainment, food, drink or in the Snooker Room. Please email me on the email address at the bottom of this newsletter. I can’t promise to action all of your ideas but I can promise that they will each be considered by the Committee.

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Mrs Madeleine J Brook of Balderton and Mr Val Swain. 

Committee business

Tony, our Secretary, is asking members not to forget to notify us if any of their details change eg home address or email address. This will enable us to communicate effectively and not waste valuable resources sending communications to the wrong place. Whilst on the subject – if you currently have your newsletter hand delivered or posted and you have an email address please let us know. It is so much more efficient for us to use email. Thank you 

Past Events

Saturday 21st May was Race Night. It was well attended and enjoyed by many. Thanks to Miles for the food and also to those who organised the event – Miles, Andrea and Ian.

On Sunday the 22nd May we had a visit from the Lincoln and District Billiards and Snooker Association who held the John Stobie Challenge Tournament here at the Club. They all enjoyed playing on our excellent tables – all cleaned by Mark and Darren at the crack of dawn! and then enjoyed Sunday lunch.

Many thanks to Mark, Darren, Miles and Andrea for ensuring that the day was a success for our visitors.  

Dates for your Diary

Don’t forget – you can book any event over the bar or by giving Miles a ring on

07738 628668

Reminder of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Club

Thursday 2nd June – Sunday 5th June 2022

 

 Thursday 2nd June commencing at 5.30 pm Miles will be holding a BBQ (inside if poor weather) He will be cooking burgers, sausages, pulled pork in cobs. There will be chicken kebabs all served with roast potatoes or mini jacket potatoes.

£3.00 per cob.

On this date there will be a tombola stall and table skittles, hoopla, ten pin skittles

We would be grateful for any prizes for the tombola stall – please leave them behind the bar or with a committee member.

 

Friday 3rd June will be as usual – Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot Draw, however there will be a picture quiz with a Royal theme on each table – just for fun!

 

Saturday 4th June at 7.30 pm there will be entertainment by Stacey Lyn, a female vocalist in 1940’s style and a luxury buffet. Members and their Guests – £15.00 Non-diners – £5.00. Please book as usual

 

Tickets will be for sale for the Raffle to be drawn tonight. £1.00 a strip. You have got to be in it to win it!

Sunday 5th June – a game of Quingo with a Royal theme from Kath followed by some additional quiz questions by Ian. “Nibbles “will be available “on the house”.

 

We are very honoured to have a Royal visitor with us for the four days and you will be able to have your photograph taken with her Majesty throughout this period for a small charge

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Don’t forget to come and celebrate our Queens Platinum Jubilee. Please come and join us, we rely on your support.

Saturday June 25th

 

Why not start the evening with a basket meal at 7.00 pm? – and eyes down at 8.00 pm.

Chicken or fish and chips £5.00 per person. Non-diners and non members – no charge.

Booking and pre-payment required.

 

Weekly specials continue to prove popular:

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery

served 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast

– from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast.

 

 

Sunday Lunch

All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm.–

with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free

Miles will be introducing a Specials Board soon

Why not come and try it? – really good value for money.

Lunches

Wednesday to Saturday

12.0pm to 2.00 pm

Snooker Room

Book to avoid disappointment

:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm. On Wednesday 25th May Mick Yeomans was the lucky winner of £90.00. Congratulations Mick!

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot start at 10.00 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question currently stands at £20, Card Bingo and Ring the Bell. (Jackpot is £410 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.

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

The season is well underway. Norman White has taken an early lead in the Tuesday morning 54321 competition. Sherwood beat us in the Hickman Cup but the next day we beat Southwell B in the Millenium Cup. Our first league match is on the 31st May against Newark Town who we beat in a friendly before the season began. We have three league matches in June. Don’t forget 54321 on a Tuesday morning 10.00 am all welcome. Cheers – Tony Parker

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 – July 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – April 2022

Dear Members

We welcome 3 new Members this month.  Ronnie Dawes, Gillian Tinsley and Irene Haslam. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to speak to Tony, myself or any member of the Committee who will be pleased to help you.

Committee business

AGM  31 Members attended this annual meeting recently. Thank you to all of you. Your interest in the business is much appreciated. No queries were raised by Members about the accounts.

We were honoured to have our President and local MP Mr Robert Jenrick chairing the meeting. He acknowledged that our position was similar to that of many businesses as a result of the pandemic and offered us his support in any way he could help. He is seen here below enjoying a well-earned drink after the meeting with member Mr Philip Ingall.

Ukraine Appeal

As you know we organised a variety of fund-raising activities for this appeal. Mark Carter was responsible for two van loads of your goods going to a central depot for the onward journey to Ukraine. The Committee placed collection points on both bars for your loose change and the Coffee morning on Friday 8th April was very well attended. Raffle prizes went to two visitors Linda Guy and Sharon Ray,

Veronica Anderson won the Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg and Miles was the nearest to guessing the number of eggs in the jar correctly. Thank you – Peter Harper for the Easter quiz, the proceeds of which have been added to this fundraiser.

Thanks go to all who donated cakes to eat and sell. A wonderful array of confection. Also to Andrea and Miles and all the “tea ladies” who helped on the morning itself.   Our efforts raised the magnificent total of £600 which Helen has sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Mediterranean evening – At the beginning of April, a number of members decided to dip their toe into the Mediterranean. Miles delighted those who attended with excellent, tasty food from those parts and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

Future Events

Saturday 21st May is Race Night – come and place your bets! (minimum of £1)

£5.00 for dining Members and their guests

No charge for non-diners but they should let Miles know that they are attending.

Meal in a basket – Sausage or Scampi and Chips.

Food will be served at 7.30 pm before the racing begins.

On Sunday the 22nd of May the Club is hosting the Lincolnshire Snooker and Billiard Association annual competition. Please note that the Snooker Room and tables will not be available for hire from 9.00 am until 8.00 pm on that date only.

Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Club

Thursday 2nd June – Sunday 5th June 2022

 Thursday 2nd June commencing at 5.30 pm Miles will be holding a BBQ (inside if poor weather) He will be cooking burgers, sausages, pulled pork in cobs. There will be chicken kebabs all served with roast potatoes or mini jacket potatoes.

£3.00 per cob. Please book as usual.

On this date there will be a tombola stall and table skittles, hoopla, ten pin skittles

We would be grateful for any prizes for the tombola stall – please leave them behind the bar or with a committee member.

Friday 3rd June will be as usual – Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot Draw, however there will be a picture quiz with a Royal theme on each table – just for fun!

Saturday 4th June at 7.30 pm there will be entertainment by Stacey Lyn, a female vocalist in 1940’s style and a luxury buffet.

Members and their Guests – £15.00

Non-diners – £5.00. Please book as usual

Sunday 5th June – a game of Quingo with a Royal theme from Kath followed by some additional quiz questions by Ian. “Nibbles “will be available “on the house”.

We are very honoured to have a Royal visitor with us for the four days and you will be able to have your photograph taken with her Majesty throughout this period for a small charge.

I hope that you will come and celebrate our Queens Platinum Jubilee and join in the right royal fun!

Weekly specials continue to prove popular:

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery

served 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

– from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast.

Sunday Lunch

All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm.–

with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.

From May 8th Miles will be introducing a Specials Board

Lunches

Wednesday to Saturday

12.0pm to 2.00 pm

Snooker Room

Book to avoid disappointment

Since the last newsletter Mick and Veronica Anderson have won £100 and Andrea won £250 from the Lotto machine. Mark Carter and Mick Cowley shared Kath’s Jackpot Draw of £250. James Burton won £300 on the Silly Question on Sunday. Congratulations to all!  

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

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot start 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 £360 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.

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

The Bowls season starts next week. Anyone wishing to join us should leave their name and contact details with Miles, our Steward, or come along to our green on Beaumond Gardens on a Tuesday morning at 10am, weather permitting. We hope to start this Tuesday 26th April with our 5 4 3 2 1 competition. Our first fixture is away at Newark Town on May 3rd and our league matches start in the middle of May.   Tony Parker

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 – July 2022

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – March 2022

Dear Members

We have several new Members this month. James Allam, Paul Clark, James Clay, Paul Terry, Geoff Woodward, and Kenneth Gibson. A very warm welcome to you all. 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.

Our condolences go to Mrs Wesson and family on the death of Barrie Wesson

Committee business

AGM I am pleased to announce that our AGM will be held on April 7th at 7.30 pm. The Right Honourable Mr Robert Jenrick, MP who is our President will be chairing the meeting. There will be an opportunity, I hope, for you to speak to him at some point during the evening. 

Items you wish to be included on the agenda should be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, Tony Lawson by 27th March. Copies of the 2021 Accounts and the Chairwoman’s Address 2022 will be made available to Members in the main hallway in due course and also by request to the Secretary. Membership cards to be shown at the door on the night of the AGM. Please find the Chairwoman’s address to the AGM 2021 attached at the end of this Newsletter.

Regrettably, Darren Willson who has contributed so much to the Club as a Member and, in the past, as Chairman has decided to stand down at the AGM. I would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his commitment to the Club and to his committee role as Health and Safety rep. He will continue to help clean the snooker tables for which I am truly grateful.

New Members have to have 6 months membership before they can join the Committee, however they can be co-opted onto the Committee whilst they build up those six months and until the following AGM.IF you fall into this category, please speak to me or Tony Lawson. If you already have six months or more membership and want to put your name forward then you should write your name on the nomination sheet on the hall notice board where it states “additional Committee Members”.

Membership – Please could I ask that any Member not intending to renew this year returns their door fob so that it can be given to a new Member. Thank you.

Ukraine Appeal – The Committee has decided that a Coffee Morning will be held at the Club on Friday April 8th between 10.00am and 12.00 pm. Donations of cakes will be gratefully received – please let me, Sheila Andrew or Andrea know- some will be sold with a drink and others will be for sale. An opportunity to have a chat with friends over a cup of coffee or tea and it is hoped that we will be able to add to the total of donations already received for this appeal.

Mark Carter, Committee Member felt that he wanted to do something to help the people of Ukraine so when Joanne Miller, a Member, approached him with the same idea he went into action. With the support of the Committee and help from Kath Lawson and Darren Willson he set up a collection point in the Snooker Room and has sent two van loads to Hardy’s Farm Shop, they have donated a container. Mark liaised with NSK Europe Ltd who donated the boxes and Mark Hough Transport who volunteered to transport our donations to Farndon free of charge. We have also set up collection boxes in both the Lounges. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and support. Every day that we are open, people bring more goods. The collection boxes currently stand at £110. You are truly amazing. Thank you. A special thank you to Member Barry Pearson who donated goods and stayed to help Mark sort things out.

The collection for goods is now closed

Price increases All prices to be increased on 1st April – the Committee have decided that the current prices cannot be sustained when the minimum wage is increased, VAT returns to 20% and our suppliers are increasing the purchase price of food and drink supplies. Miles and the Bar Committee are currently working out the new prices and trying to keep the increase to a minimum whilst covering those increased costs.

Car Park Can I ask that all Members park their cars to the rear of the building unless they have a blue disabled badge. This must be displayed in the windscreen.  Some Members have been reporting that they struggle to find a designated disabled space so the Committee have agreed to monitor the situation – please do not be surprised or offended if you are approached by a Committee member asking to see your badge.    

Events in March –

The 12th March saw the return of the ever-popular James Courtney (vocalist) to the Club. Everyone reported that it was a most enjoyable evening. Miles offered us a choice of curries, chilli or lasagne. Delicious food and very good fun.

Bingo Saturday 19th March with a basket meal of either sausages (vegetarian available) or scampi. £5.00 per person – really good fun and well supported as usual. Thank you.

 Miles has also been really busy with private birthday parties and a Marks and Spencer’s lunch. His reputation for good food and service is growing.

IMPORTANT – The Alexander Lounge will be closed to Members on Saturday 2nd April from 7.00pm onwards for a private birthday party. Drinks may be purchased in the Snooker Room.

Future Events

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

Mediterranean evening- 9th April

(Bring your own deck chair, sun glasses and sun tan lotion)

FOOD SERVED 7.30pm – 9.30pm   £15.00 BOOKING REQUIRED

PLEASE PRE ORDER MAINS FROM CHOICES BELOW

FETA CHEESE SALAD, MOUSSAKA, SHISH KEBAB OR TAGLIATELLE CARBONARA

ALSO AVAILABLE

GREEK POTATOES, GARLIC BREAD, MEDITERRANEAN VEGETABLES,

SAVOURY RICE, CIABATTA BREAD, BATTERED SQUID RINGS AND CALAMARI CHUNKS

PLEASE PRE ORDER DESSERTS

TIRAMISU SERVED WITH CREAM

PISTACHIO ICE CREAM

SATURDAY 23RD APRIL

SING ALONG WITH JASON DAVIDSON

£15.00 PER PERSON

NON-DINERS £5.00 PER PERSON

PLEASE PRE ORDER FOOD

BANGERS & MASH

SAVOURY DUCK & MUSHY PEAS

HOT BEEF ROLLS WITH ROAST POTATOES

COD, FAT CHIPS & MUSHY PEAS

VEGETARIAN OPTION AVAILABLE PLEASE ASK

DESSERTS

APPLE PIE, SPOTTED DICK OR BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

SERVED WITH CUSTARD, CREAM OR ICE CREAM

BOOKING REQUIRED

In the planning – A Race Night for May and the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in June.

Many events on offer to tempt you into the Club! That is not all though………

Thursday Lunch-time Carvery served 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

Friday Shoppers Special Miles has decided to discontinue with his Fish and Chip Special. Watch this space for his alternative next month.

Saturday Morning Breakfast – from 10.30 to 12.30 pm

 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.– 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 – the popularity of the Snooker Room knows no bounds. Please don’t forget to book your table before you come otherwise you are likely to be disappointed.

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

Last week commencing 14th March was very lucky for some!

Mick and Veronica Anderson won £100 and Andrea won £250 from the Lotto machine. Mark Carter and Pat and Mick Cowley shared Kath’s Lotto jackpot of £250.

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

Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot start 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 £360 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

Chairwoman’s Address March 2022

The Club started 2021 in Tier 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and then the country swiftly entered the 3rd National Lockdown. It wasn’t until May 2021 that indoor hospitality was allowed to re-open its doors once more. The following month saw all restrictions lifted. Approximately six months of the year were lost to us as a business.

On May 22nd we celebrated the re-opening of the Club to Members and their guests with an evening buffet. It was so good to be able to welcome you all back into the Club. At that time we were all still required to wear masks when moving around inside the building.

At long last, on the 19th July the government decreed a relaxation of all the covid regulations and we were able to hold the AGM. This was my first as Chairwoman and was well attended by Members despite a general nervousness about meeting in large groups caused by the pandemic.

 You, as Members, must make your own judgements about whether or not I have achieved my aims as stated at the last AGM. They were as follows:

  1. To stabilise and expand the business as much as possible.

 We remain open for business despite the pandemic and its continuing dramatic effects on all businesses in the hospitality trade. I and the Committee have had to make some very difficult decisions during last year. Rising overheads including fuel and the increasing costs of food and drink from our suppliers have impacted on the business. These and the constraints caused by being unable to “trade” have all taken their toll.  On top of these problems is the continuing difficulty we have had in recruiting staff. This seems to be common to many hospitality venues.  

  1. To develop the use of all the building.

In 2020 the Committee decided to invest in future business in the form of private functions and parties. Miles, Club Steward has been instrumental in driving this initiative and his reputation for good food and service is now developing. For example, the Club has been the venue for birthday and christening parties, afternoon teas and baby showers to name but a few.

The more visitors we welcome to Belvedere, the more opportunities we have to “spread the word” about the Club and showcase our facilities locally in terms of generating more income and future business.

  1. To consider, agree and implement the Stewards ideas for the benefit of the Club and its Members.

This went in tandem with my second aim for 2021. Miles is invited to present his business ideas at each Committee meeting and the Committee give him feedback about past events. It is hoped that in this way we can improve what we offer to Members, their guests and the public. In 2021 we held a Casino Night and a Race Night presented in-house which were both firsts for the Club. Miles held a Curry Night and a Steak Night. These all proved to be popular. On Christmas Day Miles was able to deliver his first Christmas lunch at the Club. I have named but a few.

Private business has increased and provides the Club with a much-needed revenue stream.

During the last year we have welcomed 24 new Members to the Club.   

    4.To continue to improve communication with all Members.

 I hope you will all agree that the Committee and I have achieved this goal. Indeed, the feed-back I receive about the monthly Newsletter is very positive. My thanks to all the Committee for their help to hand deliver to those who have no internet. Add to that the emails that Helen, Treasurer is now able to send out which have enhanced our ability to keep you all well informed about what is going on at short notice and Andrea continues to update our Facebook page on a regular basis.  

5.To implement a programme of maintenance in relation to Belvedere and the flats on Winchilsea Avenue.

Belvedere – The peripheral hedge has been cut and tidied. An estimate for annual hedge cutting has been received and accepted.

There still remains a lot of essential maintenance work to ensure that the building looks good and is fit for purpose. The repaired front bay window will need a coat of paint in the Spring and it is planned that a second front window will be repaired this year. There is also the matter of the delayed essential electrical work which hopefully will be carried out this year. Such projects are a considerable drain on our financial resources but are essential for the future of the building and business.

Winchilsea Avenue – We now have two Members of the Committee, Kath Lawson and Alan Card dedicated to the planning of a maintenance plan. They have completed a list of maintenance jobs of which the Committee now needs to agree the priorities. After which the plan will be implemented finances permitting. It is my intention that this work will be funded by the rental income.

The first of the stated aims for 2021 has been fully achieved, and the other four have been partially achieved and will continue to be ongoing. A lot of positive progress has been made through Miles’s hard work and that of the Club Secretary, Tony Lawson, Club Treasurer, Helen Andrew and the Committee. Thank you all for your hard work, dedication and commitment to the Club.

 My aims for 2022

I will continue to focus on my previous aims, as above and also strive :-

 *  to ensure that the business will, at the very least, break even.

 *  to increase Member attendance by offering a wider variety of events at varying ticket prices.

 *  to ensure that inevitable increased overheads are appropriately reflected in cost to Members whilst ensuring that the Members receive value for their money.

 *  to hold an Open Day aimed at attracting new Members.

 *  to strengthen and improve our presence in Newark by support to local charities and the community in which we operate whenever possible.

Ruth

Ruth Lockwood, Chairwoman

 

 

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 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