Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Dear Members

The Committee and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We all hope that we will be able to celebrate the re-opening of the Club as soon as possible.

I also want to send a huge thank you to all of those Members – over half – who responded so positively to my appeal for Member subscriptions in the last Update. You are absolutely amazing sending subscriptions, cards, good wishes and donations. Not only have you given a boost to the Club in a financial way but you have signalled to all of us – the Committee, Miles and me –   that you are out there, willing us to keep going and that you are waiting to return. Your support is priceless and gives us all the boost we need to carry on. Thank you.

Payment of Membership Fees

Membership fees are £37.00 per Member.

The cost of re-joining or for a new Member is £50.00

For those of you who have not yet paid 2021 subscriptions you can still do so by using one of the two methods below:

You may pay your fees either by BACS using the account details advised

or by posting a cheque made out to Newark Conservative Club Ltd at Belvedere, 29, London Road Newark NG24 1TN. Please ensure that Tony knows the name(s) and initial(s) of each Member for whom the payment is being made.

Tony will have your car park sticker behind the Bar in anticipation of your return. When we do re-open and for those of you who did not send in your Membership cards with your payment please place your card in the 2021 Subscription box on the Bar and Tony will update it for you.

Needless to say, the Committee has decided that we cannot progress Miles’s plans to celebrate a late Christmas. Our thanks go to Kath Lawson for removing all the Christmas decorations that she and Gaye Rollitt, with help from Tony and Martyn, put up prior to Christmas. Such a shame that no-one saw the trimmings but hopefully this year will be different.

Miles has continued undaunted and has lots of plans for when we re-open. So, watch this space and I am sure there will be something on offer to entice you back in. I will endeavour to keep you notified of what is going to be happening, however, it will be difficult to be precise until we have a date on which we are allowed to re-open.

The Intruder Alarm

This is one of the unexpected expenses that we have had to deal with recently whilst in lockdown. Chubb, with whom we have a contract, had to be called out to rectify a fault. On investigation we were advised that because the alarm system is about 30 years old it would be necessary to replace the panel, at a cost of nearly £1,000. No intruder alarm – no insurance cover, so we had no choice but to go ahead. The alarm is now up and running.

AGM – This essential event was postponed until 2021.Tony has sought advice and you will be advised about both the 2020 and 2021 AGM when the Committee has had an opportunity to consider that information. Until we are able to re-open and are made aware of the regulations governing the re – opening we cannot progress the matter.

Meat Draw Tickets – Please hang on to any meat draw tickets you had purchased prior to the lockdown. Put them somewhere safe as they will be drawn as soon as possible when we re-open.

I am pleased to report that our friends and fellow Members Beryl and Tony Parker were one of the first in Newark to receive the Covid-19 vaccination at Newark Showground. Well done to both of you and hopefully it won’t be too long before we all get the vaccine and life returns to some sort of normal.

On a lighter note. I don’t like to think of you all sitting there with nothing to do so I asked Ian Stonier, Committee Member to put a quiz together for us. A bit of fun nothing more. I will publish the answers in the next bulletin. How many will you get correct?  Please remember the quiz master is always right.

The Committee and I look forward to your return to the Club and send you our very best wishes for a safe and healthy 2021

Hope to see you all again very soon.

Ruth, (Acting Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary)

 Helen, (Treasurer)

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

PS If you want to contact the Committee please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the Club address. We may be closed but we monitor both emails and post.

Ian’s Lockdown Quiz No.1

  1. Which character in “Goldfinger” wears a steel, razor- edged Bowler Hat?
  2. In the novel “Oliver Twist” who is Jack Dawkins?
  3. At which hotel were Major Gowan, Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby permanent residents?
  4. What is the capital of Finland?
  5. Who has won most University Boat Races?
  6. ANAGRAM – Nottinghamshire village – LONGMICHAL
  7. The food “spiced ham” was usually known by what name?
  8. What type of bean is used as a meat substitute?
  9. Which W is a jacket with no sleeves?
  10. The Americans call it “formula” what do we call it?
  11. What is the world’s oldest classic horse race?
  12. Which quote from a Shakespeare play could describe the end of 1978 and the beginning of 1979?
  13. Which is the only US State that starts with an A but does not end with an A?
  14. Do Olympic athletes run clock or anti – clockwise in track events?
  15. Cryptic clue – a chocolate sweet – Assemble the Puss
  16. In the song “Me and My Gal” which official is waiting for them?
  17. Bachelors Buttons are a variety of which wildflower?
  18. What is the second largest continent?
  19. Name the 3 Bronte sisters.
  20. Which commentator said, “The bowler is holding the batsman’s Willey”?

 

 

Answers in the next newsletter

 

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – December 2020

Dear Members

The Committee and I hope that you have all had a happy and healthy Christmas. I am sure it will have been very strange for many of you but we now have hope, in the form of a vaccine, that things will return to a “new normal” sometime in the not too distant future.

I probably don’t need to tell you that from December 31st Nottinghamshire has been placed in Tier 4 – certainly not a “promotion” that we wanted! This means, of course, that the Club will remain closed until further notice.

All the plans we made for Christmas and the New Year will have to be “put on the shelf” for next year. However, when we re-open Miles is planning a big celebration to welcome you all back and he has lots of new and exciting events to offer you.

Mrs Doreen Pacey

It is with sadness that I record the passing of Mrs Doreen Pacey who was a Club Member for many years. Our condolences go to Jim, her husband and her family at this sad time.

Membership fees

These are now due. The Committee has discussed the issue of Membership fees in light of the temporary closure of the Club. It was decided at that meeting that the fees would be frozen and remain at £37.00 per Member for 2021. £37.00 works out at £3.08 per month or, just over 70p per week. 

I cannot stress enough how important the fees and your support will be for the continuing survival of the Club. Indeed, if you wish the Club to continue operating in the future it is essential that we pay our fees now more than ever. Miles has many projects to improve the product on offer to our Members and is waiting impatiently to implement them.

The Club continues to incur monthly overheads of around £2,000 per month whether it is trading or not. Our Treasurer Helen Andrew has been working really hard throughout the pandemic ensuring that the Club accesses all the government grants available. The Committee has also done its utmost to minimise outgoings to ensure that we can pay our bills. It’s not an easy task and many businesses in similar circumstances are being forced to close. Please help us to avoid the same thing happening to the Club. Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support.

Payment of Membership Fees

Membership fees are £37.00 per Member.

The cost of re-joining or for a new Member is £50.00

Due to the current circumstances Tony Lawson, Club Secretary will not now be present at the Club on the previously advertised dates.

You may pay your fees either by BACS  – (the account information for BACS transfer is on the newsletter update you have received either by email, post or hand delivery)

 Or

by posting a cheque made out to Newark Conservative Club Ltd at Belvedere, 29, London Road Newark NG24 1TN. Please ensure that Tony knows for whom the payment is being made by enclosing your name and address with your cheque.

Tony will have your car park sticker behind the Bar in anticipation of your return   

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. The team, Committee and Miles and Andrea are waiting to welcome you back when it is possible to do so safely.

If you want to contact the Committee please email at info@newarkconservativeclub.org or write to us at the above address. We may be closed but we remain active behind the scenes and we will reply to your message as soon as possible.

Ruth, (Acting Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary)

 Helen, (Treasurer)

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

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – November 2020

Dear Members

As you will no doubt all be aware the current and second lock-down is to finish on December 2nd when the whole of Nottinghamshire will move into Tier 3.

For the Club this means that we will have to remain closed until at least December 17th.

The Committee met with Miles, our Steward yesterday  and we revised our December and New Year schedule once again on the premise that we will be able to re-open on December  17th or thereabouts and if we move down to Tier 2 as a result of the planned review.

If we remain in Tier 3, we regret we will not be able to re-open but …….

​If we can – we will celebrate Christmas and New Year!!

We are confident that, if we are given the go-ahead, we can operate in a covid secure environment and offer you Christmas and New Year food and entertainment. We will do this by adhering to all the guidelines.

Please do not enter the Club if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19

Whilst in Tier 2:

Please sign in using either the paper form or the NHS app

You should wear a face mask when moving around the Club – it may be removed when you are seated at a table.

We can only open if we offer “a substantial meal” so all events include a meal so that we can serve you with drinks as well.

You should keep 2 metres apart, wherever possible, from Members who are not from your household. We will ensure that this is possible by managing the numbers at events, prior booking is therefore essential.

You must not sit and socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble. When booking you will be asked if you live in the same household.

We will offer table service only

No orders will be taken after 10.00pm and the Club will close at 11.00 pm when everyone should be off the premises.

These measures are legal requirements put in place by the Government to drive the infection rate down and keep us all safe. Please do not embarrass our staff or a Committee member by disregarding any of them.

Revised and provisional Christmas Calendar of events
(as at 28th November 2020)

DATE EVENT(all events are dependent on Tier 2  rules operating)
Thurs 3rd The Club will be closed during this period because Nottinghamshire has been placed in Tier 3 by the Government.

There is a Government review of this status scheduled for December 16th and we very much hope that we will be placed in Tier 2. Only then will the Club be able to re-open and operate under Tier 2 rules.

The following events will take place ONLY if we are in Tier 2. We will keep you informed as and when the rules change.

Regrettably some of the previously scheduled events have had to be postponed, altered or cancelled to comply with Tier 2 rules notably all events will now include a substantial meal.  No dancing is allowed under Tier 3 so we are booking suitable entertainers accordingly.

We hope you will understand and thank you for your patience.

Fri 4th
Saturday 5th
Sunday 6th
Monday 7th
Tuesday 8th
Wednesday 9th
Thursday 10th
Friday 11th
Saturday 12th
Sunday 13th
Monday 14th
Tuesday 15th
Wednesday 16th
Thursday 17th AM Open for lunch only 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

PM CLOSED

Friday 18th AM Open for lunch only 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

PM CLOSED

Saturday 19th

 

 

AM Open for lunch only 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

PM Xmas Cabaret and plated buffet (£7.50 per person) 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm Entertainment by Kieran. Booking essential. NB There is now a charge for this event because of the buffet.

Sunday 20th 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm  Sunday Lunch will be served –  £6.95 per person reservations as usual

PM CLOSED

Monday 21st AM CLOSED

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential

 

 

Tuesday 22nd AM CLOSED

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential

Wednesday 23rd AM Open for lunch only 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential. Table quiz – 50 p per player

Thursday 24th AM Open for lunch only 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm

PM Entertainment and  luxury Xmas plated buffet £15.00 per person – 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm booking essential

Friday 25th AM Open for 5 course Xmas Lunch only £49.95 – as advertised. 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm booking essential

PM CLOSED

Saturday 26th CLOSED ALL DAY
Sunday 27th CLOSED ALL DAY
Monday 28th AM CLOSED

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential

 

Tuesday 29th AM CLOSED

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential

Wednesday 30th AM CLOSED

PM Tea time Special (£7.50 per person, 2 courses) new menu 6.00 pm – 10.00pm booking essential. Table quiz – 50 p per player

Thursday 31st AM CLOSED

PM Entertainment and 2 course meal £25.00 per person 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm booking essential

Friday 1st CLOSED ALL DAY

If you wish to book you may do so by replying to this email with the details or phone Miles on 07738 628668.  No payment will be required at this time. Payment will be requested prior to the event, when the Club re-opens and when we are certain we can go ahead with this schedule.    

If you have already made a reservation and paid for Christmas Day Lunch please do not be concerned. In the event of a change in the Government rules that means that we are not permitted to hold the event a full refund will be made. This is the only reason refunds will be given.

 Please see below a Christmas Day lunch menu to help you make your choices when booking.

CHRISTMAS DAY MENU

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

_______________________

CHEESE AND BISCUITS

_____________________

 COFFEE & MINCE PIE

BOOKING REQUIRED    £49.95 PER HEAD

 

We understand that it is difficult for you to commit to events in these uncertain times. However, we would urge you to please support your Club over Christmas and New Year and don’t forget to book!

Meat Draw Tickets

Please hang on to any meat draw tickets you had purchased prior to the lockdown. They will be drawn as soon as possible when we are open.

Snooker Room

This will remain closed until further notice.

AGM

This essential event has now been postponed until 2021. Those Members who previously indicated their wish to attend will be notified of the date when decided.

Reminder

Members annual subscription becomes due in January 2021 and I am told that some Members like to pay it in December which you can do when we re-open.  You may remember that the Committee has decided not to increase it in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fee remains at £37.00 for 2021. 

We look forward to your return to the Club and send you our very best wishes.

Keep safe and healthy.

Hope to see you all again very soon.

 

Ruth

Acting Chairwoman 

 

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – October 2020

Dear Members,

Apologies for the late publishing of this the October Newsletter. On the 14th October Nottinghamshire was placed in the “high risk” tier for Covid-19 – Tier 2 and we have recently been waiting for confirmation that we were included in the move to Tier 3. Sadly we are now in Tier 3.  – very high risk. You can read more detail at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know.

Not only do we have to adhere to all the pre-existing rules but follow new rules as well. With effect from Friday 30th October and until further notice the Club will be open at the times listed below for the purchase of substantial meals. This will be by table reservation only. Please ring Miles on 07738 628668 to make your booking. Vegetarian options available on request at time of booking.

Temporarily Revised opening times

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Closed Closed 12.00 – 2.30pm 12.00 – 2.30pm 12.00 – 2.30pm 12.00 – 2.30pm 12.00 – 3.00pm
Closed Closed 6.00 – 9.00pm 6.00 – 9.00pm 6.00 – 9.00pm 6.00 – 9.00pm Closed

Members and their guests will not be able to come into the Club for a beverage alone, alcoholic or not. Members and their guests will only be able to purchase a drink, alcoholic or otherwise whilst they are eating.

Sunday Lunch will continue as normal but the legal restrictions on purchasing drinks will apply.

The Snooker Room will be closed with immediate effect. No more bookings will be taken whilst we are in Tier 3 and until the Committee deem it safe and legal to take bookings.

The Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right etc and both quiz nights are all temporarily suspended

In spite of all the regulations Miles, I and the Committee are determined to carry on as normally as the Law allows. We should all abide by these new rules in the hope that the infection rate comes down and for the greater good. I read a quote yesterday “We isolate today so that no-one is missing when we meet up again” I thought it was very apt. The Committee is well aware of what is required to ensure the health and safety of Members and we are extremely grateful for the goodwill and patience of Members as we try to navigate through the ever-changing land-scape of the pandemic. It is not easy for any of us.

On Saturday 17th October we held a Bingo Night – this is proving to be a very popular fixture on the calendar. Starting with a basket meal at 6.00 pm and eyes down at 7.30 pm when Dot Town, our favourite Bingo caller had us laughing in our seats. Dot was ably assisted by Tony Lawson – thanks to both of you for a very enjoyable evening.

The Billiards Tournament to be held on Sunday 18th October was cancelled because of our move into Tier 2 but we are hoping it will be re-scheduled when the organisers feel it is safe to do so.

About 20 Members all enjoyed a “trip” to the Mediterranean on Saturday 24th October. Miles’s menu included moussaka, lasagne and tiramisu. All the diners agreed that the food was delicious. Well done and thank you Miles and his team. The entertainment was provided by the Kim who serenaded us with his keyboard and trumpet whilst showing off his karate moves. What a talented entertainer.

As October draws to a close we are looking forward to welcoming our staff back to work. Andrea in the kitchen, George outside and Jo on the early morning cleaning shift.  Welcome back to you all. Regrettably, Michael Combes has decided not to return. I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Michael all the best for the future. We will miss his friendly smile from behind the hot-plate.

Disabled Parking

You will all be aware that the three spaces to the left of the entrance in the front car park are designated for disabled parking. In order to use them Members are reminded that they should display a blue disabled badge. Please do not park in these spaces unless you have a “blue badge” you never know when a fellow Member may need to use the space. These spaces attract the same fees as the others in the back car park.

Coming up soon in November!!

Commencing Wednesday 4th November Miles will be offering the usual lunch menu from 12.00 pm until 2.30 pm on Wed/Thurs/Fri and Saturday and will be tempting your taste buds with an extra special evening menu available from 6.00 -9.00 pm every Wed/Thurs/Fri and Saturday. For £15.00 you will get two substantial main courses and two desserts. For an additional £5.00 you can have a small glass of wine each to wet your whistle.

TEA TIME SPECIALS TWO COURSES ONLY £7.50

SERVED 6-9pm WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

2 COURSES & 2 SMALL GLASSES OF WINE

 £20.00 PER COUPLE

MAINS COURSES

COD CHIPS PEAS AND SALAD

SCAMPI CHIPS PEAS AND SALAD

STEAK & ALE PIE CHIPS OR MASH & VEGETABLES

CHICKEN HAM & LEEK PIE CHIPS OR MASH & VEGETABLES

LASAGNE CHIPS PEAS AND SALAD

GAMMON EGG CHIPS PEAS AND SALAD

3 LINCOLNSHIRE SAUSAGES MASH, PEAS, VEGETABLES & GRAVY

CHILLI RICE AND WEDGES

6oz SIRLOIN STEAK CHIPS PEAS AND ONION RINGS

 DESSERTS

APPLE PIE

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

CHEESECAKE

CRUMBLE

 ALL SERVED WITH CUSTARD, CREAM OR ICE CREAM

 BOOKING REQUIRED ring Miles on 07738 628668

Menu also available at the Bar and on the website.

Monday 2nd November Ladies Night at 7.30 pm – unfortunately due to the pandemic this meeting is now cancelled.

Tuesday 10th November – AGM – unfortunately this has had to be postponed until December at the earliest. Selected attendees will be notified of the revised date.

Saturday 21st November – unfortunately the scheduled Race Night has been cancelled owing to Covid- 19 regulations.

Saturday 28th November – Bingo Night – again this has been cancelled. We are hoping that it might be possible to hold this event on Saturday 5th December.

Wednesday Night Quiz and Open the Box cancelled until further notice.

Friday Night Meat Draw – cancelled until further notice.

Sunday Lunch – is definitely ON!!! enjoy a choice of meats and vegetables for £6.95.

Vegetarian option available on request.  You can’t go wrong. Table reservations available from 12.00 pm to 2.30 pm.

Sunday Night Quiz and games – temporarily suspended until further notice.

Don’t forget to book your table for Miles’s  Christmas Day Lunch

A five-course menu served at the table for only £49.95 per person. Pre-booking including payment in full is essential. Don’t delay – places are restricted. Bookings can be made over the Bar where the menu will be available for you to make your choices.  You can also see the menu on the website and we will be sending a separate email about this event as soon as possible. Places are still available.

Here is the Christmas / December Calendar of events which unfortunately will have to be confirmed at a later date due to the current pandemic.

Christmas Calendar of events 2020

DATE EVENT(all events are dependent on Covid-19 rules permitting)
Tues 1st  – Fri 4th Open as usual
Saturday 5th PM Bingo Night  with a meal in a basket
Monday 7th AM Open as usual

PM Ladies Night

Tuesday 8th Open as usual
Wednesday 9th AM Open as usual

PM  Quiz

Thursday 10th Open as usual
Friday 11th AM Open as usual

PM Xmas Draw and Play your Cards Right

Saturday 12th AM Open as usual

PM Entertainment Night and light refreshment £15.00

Sunday 13th AM Open as usual Sunday Lunch will be served

PM Quiz

Monday 14th Open as usual
Tuesday 15th Open as usual
Wednesday 16th AM Open as usual

PM Quiz

Thursday 17th Open as usual
Friday 18th AM Open as usual

PM Xmas Bottle and Meat Draw

Saturday 19th AM Open as usual

PM A glass of Prosecco and Xmas Cabaret with Kieran

Sunday 20th AM Open as usual Sunday Lunch will be served

PM Quiz

Monday 21st Open as usual
Tuesday 22nd Open as usual
Wednesday 23rd AM Open as usual

PM Quiz

Thursday 24th AM Open as usual

PM Entertainment by James Courtney and luxury Xmas buffet

Friday 25th Closed until 5 course Xmas Lunch
Saturday 26th Open as usual
Sunday 27th NO Sunday Lunch / Evening  Quiz as usual
Monday 28th Open as usual
Tuesday 29th Open as usual
Wednesday 30th Open as usual
Thursday 31st 2 Course meal and entertainment by Pete Brogan
Friday 1st CLOSED until evening/Kath’s jackpot draw and Play your Cards Right. NO Meat Draw

For all reservations / event enquiries please phone Miles, our Steward on 07738 628668. This is particularly important at the moment to ensure that we have a safe number for social distancing in the Lounge.

Please remember:

Do not enter the Club if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19

Your continued support is absolutely critical to the business. We really need you to come in, buy a meal and have a drink with that meal. We also require you, as Members to abide by the law and Covid-19 regulations to ensure the health and safety of other Members and to “do our bit” to reduce the infection levels in the County. All pre-existing Tier 2 regulations still apply.

Thank you so much for your support, co-operation and patience – it is really appreciated in this difficult time.

The Committee really value your support and thank you for your patience. See you at the Club soon.

Best wishes

Ruth

Acting Chairwoman – Ruth Lockwood

Secretary – Tony Lawson, Treasurer – Helen Andrew

Committee Members – Sheila Andrew, Alan Card, Ian Stonier, Darren Willson and Vaughan Wright.

 If you would like to comment on this Bulletin, please do so by email. The Club email address (info@newarkconservativeclub.org) is being monitored and you will receive a reply.,

If you know of a Member who has not given us their email address please ask them to email info@newarkconservativeclub.org with their name and address

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

Covid-19 Update October 14th 2020

Newark Conservative Club Covid-19 update

New Restrictions effective 14th October 2020

I am writing to update you on the effect that the new Covid-19 Restrictions will have on you, the Members, and the way in which the Club operates in these difficult and ever-changing times.

First of all, I would like to re-assure you all that, in everything the Committee does in response to the pandemic, your health and safety is the priority.

As you will no doubt be aware Nottinghamshire has now been placed in the “high” tier and this means that we not only have to adhere to the existing “rules”, but we now have some additional restrictions placed upon us.

The new Restrictions with effect from Wednesday 14th October:

  • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place – pubs and restaurants are included.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside.

You can read more detail at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

Miles, the Committee and I have spent some time re-configuring the furniture in the Lounge to enable Members to sit in couples or “bubbles” or same household groups.

We have also tried to be inventive regarding our entertainment and food service. Whilst  I acknowledge that this will mean some changes in the way we operate our Club activities I hope that, with your evident goodwill, co-operation and patience we can continue to operate in a way that ensures Members safety, compliance with the restrictions and above all maintains your enjoyment of the Club facilities.

A brief reminder of the current rules (the new restrictions are in addition to these):

  • Frequent washing of hands with hand sanitiser at convenient points,
  • No menus or condiments on the tables,
  • A one-way system in the Lounge,
  • No more than six people at a table
  • Social distancing of at least 1 metre ideally 2 metres,
  • Curfew at 10.00 pm. Your fob will not allow you entry after 9.30 pm.
  • Face coverings are mandatory and to be worn in the Club when not seated at a table.
  • Staff will also be required to wear a face covering when serving you.
  • Table service is now compulsory.
  • When you enter the Club, you must either sign in or use your phone app
  • You may only sit and socialise in a group of no more than six at a table and may not socialise with people from other tables.
  • In the Snooker Room face coverings must be worn when entering, leaving and moving around the premises unless you are seated, drinking or taking part in a game of snooker and you feel it would negatively affect your ability to play

Please remember: Do not enter the Club if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19

How will these new restrictions affect the following?

The Lounge

The seating capacity of the Lounge will be around 30. Our ability to accommodate everyone will depend on how many Members attend the Club at any given time and what size the group is. We will monitor this aspect closely and may have to make some adjustments. I know most of you have a “favourite” seat. Please be flexible about where you sit so that we can accommodate others.

Quizzes – Sunday and Wednesday

The new rules will mean that you will not be able to participate in your usual teams. You will have to form a greater number of smaller teams of perhaps two or three people. Quiz teams may not span two or three tables.

Meat Draw – Friday

You will notice that most of the tables are small and will seat no more than two. Please be patient and flexible about where you sit. You will probably not be able to sit where you usually do. The Meat Draw and Play Your Cards Right and Kath’s Lottery will take place as usual.

Snooker

We have been operating a system of booking table 1, 3 and 5 first. Unfortunately, the new restrictions mean that you will not be permitted to play with anyone other than a member of your own household or support bubble.

Teatime specials

Are available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (except for entertainment nights) from 6-8 pm. You will only be able to share a table with members of your own household; however, you can still come and enjoy tasty food and a glass or two! 

Sunday Lunch

This will remain unchanged except for the seating arrangements – one household tables only.  

Bingo

is scheduled for Saturday 17th October with a basket meal for £5 at 6.00 pm. Tables will be for one household only. Miles will be serving a tasty supper and the Bingo will keep you entertained for the evening.   

Mediterranean Night  

On Saturday 24th October Miles is holding a Greek/Mediterranean evening. Food will be served at 6. 00pm and costs £12.50 per person. Kim will entertain you with a variety of musical instruments and conversation. 

A.G.M

This is scheduled for November 10th at 7.30 pm. We have already limited the number of attendees to 30 members. The method of their selection has been published in the A.G.M Notice. Again, Members will be asked to sit at tables probably on their own or if two Members are selected from the same household they may sit together.  

The Committee and Miles are determined that as many Club activities as possible continue. They may have to be changed to comply with the new restrictions, but we can still enjoy them together at the Club. You have all been fantastic so far – now we need to ask for even more of your support to make this work.

Ruth Lockwood (Acting Chairwoman)

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – January 2021

AGM Info Amended

NOTICE

  • Due to the coronavirus, this year’s A.G.M. Will be held in line with the legal advice issued by the association of conservative clubs
  • There will be a limited agenda.
  • In order to adhere to the present social distancing, only 30 members plus the 8 officials of the club will be at the meeting.
  • The A.G.M. Will be held at 7. 30pm on Tuesday 10th November 2020 in the Alexander Lounge and on that evening the club will be open at 6. 30pm.
  • The notice stating the time and date of the A.G.M. Along with the agenda will be placed on the club’s notice board on Wednesday 7th October 2020.
  • The agenda can be found below.
  • The nomination forms for the election of all officers of the club and the club’s examiner will be placed on the clubs notice board on Wednesday 7th October 2020. These will be taken down on Sunday 18th October 2020 and re-posted on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Should a ballot be required then the times and dates of the ballot will be circulated by email and exhibited on the clubs notice board.
  • A copy of the 2019 accounts, minutes of the 2019 A.G.M, minutes of the special general meeting held on the 9th May 2019, the 2020 Chairwoman’s address will be placed on the clubs notice board on Wednesday 7th October 2020.these documents will remain on the clubs notice board until the morning of the actual A.G.M.

These documents are not to be taken off the premises.

 Should anyone wish to obtain a copy of any of the aforementioned documents, please contact the secretary.

  • The system to select the 30 members who will be entitled to attend the A.G.M. Will be as follows:

 On Wednesday 7th October 2020, forms will be placed on the table in the main hallway. These forms, which will be self-explanatory, are to be completed by those members who wish to attend the A.G.M. And placed in the appropriate box on the main hallway table.

On Wednesday 21st October 2020 these forms and the appropriate box will be withdrawn. The committee will then draw 30 completed forms out of this box.

The 30 successful members will be informed by telephone or email as soon as possible after the draw that they have been selected to attend the A.G.M.

Any member that unfortunately has not been selected to attend the A.G.M. Will also be informed by telephone or email as soon as possible after the draw. However, any of these members that are not entitled to attend the A.G.M but wish to raise a point relating to anything on the agenda, should put this in writing to the secretary by Wednesday 4th November 2020. Any such correspondence will be read out at the actual A.G.M. In due course, the secretary will reply to the individuals of such correspondence by either telephone or email.

Members are politely reminded that they must show their paid- up membership card for 2020 to gain access to the actual A.G.M. on Tuesday 10th November 2020.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  2. Deceased members.
  3. To agree the minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
  4. To agree the minutes of the S.G.M. held on 9th May 2019.
  5. To receive the report of the examiners. (2019 Accounts)
  6. To pass the Examiners Report.
  7. To receive the Chairwoman’s address.
  8. To elect Officers for the ensuing year.
  9. To elect the Examiner for the ensuing year.
  10. To receive notice of life members elected in 2020.

Chairman’s Address March 2020

Darren Willson

Introduction

I along with the Committee have tried very hard to ensure that the last year, 2019, has been “business as usual” for the Club and Members. There have been many challenges along the way, however, with the help of the Committee and a few willing volunteers we have met these head on and overcome them.

The last year has certainly been a steep learning curve for the Committee as a whole and particularly for me. I am more determined than ever to ensure that the Club becomes the best it can be, both in terms of what we offer the Members and the fabric of the building.

Challenges

During the past year the biggest challenge we faced was keeping the business going following the resignation of the Club Steward in July and the ensuing recruitment of a successor. Add to this the loss of various other members of bar staff, for various reasons. Regrettably one of our Cooks went on long term sickness absence and our Handyman has been off sick awaiting surgery since December and has now returned. Our long-standing stock-taker decided to give up work due to ill-health – luckily, we were able to find a replacement fairly swiftly.

During this period one Committee Member sadly passed away and another resigned. This naturally added to the remaining Committee Members’ workload. Can I appeal to all Members of the Club to consider becoming a Committee Member themselves? Anyone interested should contact Tony Lawson, (Club Secretary) in the first instance. All in all, 2019 was an extremely busy year.

Thanks

Thanks as always to Tony Lawson, Club Secretary for his tireless work and for being the “font of all knowledge” regarding the Club’s official matters. We would struggle without him.

A big vote of thanks has to go to Helen Andrew, our Treasurer who has been in post since the AGM last year. She keeps a tight hold of the purse strings and also strives hard to actively pursue money saving avenues which keep the Club as financially stable as is possible.

I cannot forget the committee members who have assisted me, in the face of adversity, to keep the Club running as smoothly as possible. Your assistance has been greatly appreciated.

I need to put on record my gratitude to Michael our Cook who stepped up to the plate, working mostly on his own, in our busy kitchen, particularly over the Christmas period. Thank you, Michael. Also, to all our staff, without whom we could not operate, including those who work behind the scene namely our cleaners Jo and Sheila who do a wonderful job keeping the Club clean.

Last but not least are the willing volunteers upon whom we relied greatly.  Without their help and support we would have struggled even more. My grateful thanks go to all of you.

Finance

In October due to financial circumstances the Club faced a problem with cash flow. In order to alleviate this problem and prevent a crisis it was agreed that the existing ACC loan should be increased by £20,000, our application was accepted and the crisis averted.

Recruitment

The most important job vacancy I have faced this year is that of the Steward. I think you will all agree that this is the key role in the Club. After a committee discussion it was decided that the vacancy should be residential, and it was advertised as such. After three months of hard work and a lot of wasted time due to candidates not turning up, we successfully appointed Miles Murphy. Miles has a lot of relevant experience and we are confident that he can help us develop the business.

After several months of staff changes and consequent recruitment, we have a core team of bar staff to call upon as and when required.

Communications and advertising.

Now that things have returned to normal as far as staffing goes, we can focus our attention on promoting the Club as a priority. To this end I have already held a meeting with our web-site manager who has suggested various improvements. I plan to action his ideas and various others in the next few months. Watch the website as it develops. During this exercise the hitherto neglected Face Book page will also receive our attention ably assisted by Andrea Murphy.

It has recently been decided that a monthly newsletter will be sent out electronically advising members of upcoming events and changes. There will also be copies available in the Lounge for those who prefer to read paper documents.

Winchilsea Avenue

I can report that both flats are now occupied and the rents are being paid on time. The committee has decided that the Club would be better served by changing Letting Agents and the flats are now managed by a different local firm.

Conclusion

I am really looking forward to working alongside Miles, the Club Steward and the committee in 2020 to maintain and develop the business. In order to ensure success, I am asking for your support by continuing to use the Club facilities, introducing family and friends as new members and spreading a positive message about the Club.

Any ideas, comments, suggestions are always welcome. Please do not hesitate to bring those to our attention.

Darren Willson, Chairman (March 2020)

Postscript

Ruth Lockwood (Acting Chairwoman)

 After this address was written, in preparation for the AGM to be held in March 2020, Darren resigned as Chairman because of personal commitments and I became Acting Chairwoman. Thank you, Darren, for all your hard work and commitment. I had been a member of the Committee for about two years prior to this and felt that I had to step up and find out what I could do.

I have learnt an awful lot in the past couple of months. I have much appreciated the support and encouragement given to me by Committee Members and Members alike. I am committed and determined to ensure that the Club is successful and provides Members with what they want from their Club. I am very proud to be the first woman in the Chair albeit “acting” at present”.

Miles, the Club’s new Steward took up post in late January 2020 and the Committee was looking forward to allowing him to develop the business. However, Covid-19 hit us nationally and by March we were in “lock-down” which was frustrating to say the least. At the time of writing the Club is open again and, operating within the Covid-19 regulations. The Committee, I and the Steward, Miles are trying to be flexible and imaginative in what the Club offers you whilst keeping you safe when you visit the Club. Miles is constantly striving to tempt Members back to the Club.

I want to take this opportunity to thank both Miles and Andrea, his wife who, whilst settling into their new home and a community they did not know and once lockdown was lifted, have kept the Club operating with hard work, good humour and enthusiasm under extremely difficult circumstances.  Their commitment to the success of this Club has been self evident and second to none.

My Goals

My first and immediate goal is to find a way to overcome the negative impact the pandemic is having on the Club. We (Miles, the Committee and our staff) have all had to learn to be extremely flexible and think outside the box during lockdown and since re-opening. Without your continued support we would have fallen at the first hurdle, however our situation is beginning to improve and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel. We all want to say a sincere thank you to all our Members.

Following on I want to follow Darren’s lead and to improve communication between the Committee and Club Members. As a first step I am writing a monthly Newsletter and try to report on what has happened in the previous month and notify Members of what is happening the following month. Secondly, I have personally delivered the Newsletter to Members for whom we do not have an email address. We are now sending 200 emails, so it was well worth-while. The web site is also still under active review by Helen Andrew – thank you for all your hard work Helen – and Andrea Murphy has agreed to keep us all posted on Face book.

Secondly, I aim to try and develop the Club in a way that maintains the interest and support of Members who come into the Club and to attract the interest of those who may never attend. This will be a difficult balancing act and there may be mistakes made along the way. However – nothing ventured, nothing gained. Your feedback will be really important and helpful in this.  At the moment we are more than a little hindered because of the pandemic.

I am looking forward to working with Miles and the Committee with your continued support to make this Club successful.

 

Ruth Lockwood

Acting Chairwoman

October 2020