Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Dear Members,

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

AGM  – 27th July

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

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

Club Secretary

Tony Lawson

Treasurer

Helen Andrew

Sub groups

 

 

 

Stocktake

Vaughan Wright

 

 

House

Sheila Andrew

Bar and Entertainment

Ian Stonier

Health and Safety

Darren Willson

Snooker Room

Darren Willson

 

Mark Carter

 

Mark Carter

Winchilsea Avenue

Kath Lawson

 

 

 

Alan Card

 

 

 

Defacing of Committee  nomination sheet

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

19th July Relaxation of covid regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme for August

Date

Event

Start

Food

Price

31st July

Paul Kry entertainer and dancing

8.00 pm for 8.30 pm

Chill, Rice, potato wedges

£5.00

8th August

Private  – Afternoon Christening party  – upstairs Lounges

15th August

Private – Meeting of the Jaguar Club – Daimler exhibit

21st August

Race Night

7.30 pm

First race 9.00 pm

Fish and Chips supper served at 8.00 pm

£5.00

30th August

Car Boot Sale

Arrive 8.00 am

Start 8.30 am

 

Snacks available

£5 per car

NB there will be no onsite parking available during this event

4th September

70/80s Disco

More information to follow

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s all happening in the Snooker Room.

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

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

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

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

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

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

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

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

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

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

Tony Parker, Bowls Section Chairman

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

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

Ladies Section Programme

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

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

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

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

Job Vacancies

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

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

Ruth, (Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer)

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

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

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – June 2021

Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our programme for July is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

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

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

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

Tony Parker, Bowls Section Chairman

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

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

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

Ladies Night Update.

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

Reminders

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

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

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

Job Vacancies

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

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

Electrical work

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

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

Ruth, (Acting Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer)

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

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

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – May 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – May 2021

Dear Members,

WELCOME BACK!

On the evening of Monday 17th May I am pleased to report the doors of the Club opened once again. Quite a few of you ventured forth for a drink, a chat or a game of snooker and it was lovely to see you all. During the first week since re-opening I have tried to talk to as many of you as I could, if I missed you, please accept my apologies.

If you were among the fifty or so Members who attended the Re-opening Buffet evening on the 22nd May I hope you enjoyed yourselves. Everyone seemed to be happy to be able to meet up again and I hope you enjoyed the free food. Thank you, Miles, Andrea and the team – I want to call them the three Musketeers! – Seb, Matt and Noah.  Good to see you all back behind (or even in front of) the Bar. Olivia was absent on Saturday because she was working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in a very wet Derbyshire. However, she worked really hard on the Wednesday night of that week when the Early Bird Special proved to be very popular. Jodie has also worked a shift with Nikki putting in an appearance on Sunday evening

Thank you all once again for your support during the lockdown and now, as we try to build the business. 

Miles has put together a varied and interesting programme of entertainment for you during the month of June. Something to tempt everyone he hopes, to help you all pick up the pieces of your social life after months of enforced lock-down.

Saturday 12th June – Curry Night with 3 curries with accompaniments to choose from and a keyboard player (Paul Kry) to entertain you, no-one can afford to miss this evening. Starts 8.00 pm £10 per person. Booking and pre-payment essential. Why not bring some friends and sign them in?  

Saturday 19th JuneAfternoon Tea will be served from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm in the Upstairs Lounge. Members and their guests are invited to come and enjoy a variety of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam, all washed down with endless pots of tea or coffee. £15.00 per person   Booking and pre-payment essential.

Saturday 26th June – Entertainment Evening with Louise Scott a female vocalist. This evening starts at 8.00 pm and a buffet will be served later in the evening. Members and their guests can look forward to an evening of live music. £8.00 per person. Booking and pre-payment essential.

Football on TV – in the Alexander Lounge. Come on England!!

Sunday 13th June 2.00 pm – England v Croatia. Sunday Lunch available

Friday 18th June – Scotland v England (sound will be off for Meat Draw etc) Early Bird Specials available as usual.

Tuesday 22nd June 8.00 pm – England v Czechoslovakia. Chips and rolls for sale during the match.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section

May has been a quiet month for the Bowls Section. The weather has not helped with cancellations of league matches. We did however get one league match played against Balderton but lost 3-1. We were unlucky there as we played with 11 ladies and gentlemen against 12. One of our players wives had been taken seriously ill and was ambulanced to hospital that afternoon. She is still in hospital as I write. Brian Jessop, please pass the Conservative Club love to her. That rink, two against three, lost 51-10.

 We have been lucky with our Tuesday coffee and bowling morning league. The weather has been okay every week. The 54321 league has been on for the last 4 weeks and the leader board reads as follows. In first place our Steward, Miles Murphy, is in the lead with 190 shots, 2nd place is Roy Williams on 164, third is James Burton on 139, fourth is David Rudkin 128 and fifth is Richard Towning on 101.

New bowlers are always welcome so if any members of the Cons Club would like to have a go, please come along on a Tuesday morning, 10am and have a social morning. Bowls are available but you do need flat shoes. Finally, we had a very important visitor to the green last week. The Air Ambulance. An accident on Portland Street. Photo is below and on the Bowls Section notice board.

Tony Parker, Bowls Section Chairman

Darts – I am reliably informed that we now have an “oche” Hope that’s how you spell it! So, bring your darts along and have a game in the Snooker Room.  

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

Ladies Night Update.

It is certainly a long time since we were all together, but I am hoping it will not be too long before we can commence our evening meetings and possibly look forward to a Christmas Dinner together.

After an initial discussion the Committee have decided that we will not commence formally until September. This will give us the first meeting just to have a social evening, possibly with a quiz. If things permit, I would try and obtain a speaker for October and November, with a view to having our usual Christmas Dinner in December. I am sure you will appreciate that I do not want to book speakers at the moment in case I should have to cancel them at short notice as I do not think this would be fair to them for their schedules.

It has been a long time, but I hope you will continue to support the Group. If there are any ladies who wish to join, please send your name and email address to me dianeplumb@btinternet.com and I will add you to the distribution list. We hope to have an interesting programme in 2021/22 and you will be very welcome. 

Hope to see you all again soon.

Diane, Secretary.

Three reminders

Price reduction on all drinks: The offer on drinks finished on 31st May 2021

Membership fees: The cut-off date for renewal of Membership was 31st May 2021. Membership renewal is now closed. However, if you should change your mind about membership, you should contact Tony Lawson. Membership fees are £50 for the first year of membership. You will be very welcome to join, don’t miss out on upcoming events.

Affiliation Cards: Now that Summer is on its way and hopefully, we will be able to travel about, I thought it would be timely to remind you about the above. These are available and can be purchased from Tony at £2.00 each. They will entitle you to visit any other Conservative Club in the UK and enjoy the benefits and rights as Members of that Club but, I am afraid you will not be able to attend that Club’s AGM or have any voting rights associated with Membership of that Club.

Welcome back to George Townrow who is now returning on flexible furlough. 

Goodbyes

Jo Allam, our cleaner, has resigned. She, together with Sheila her Mum, has always kept the Club spick and span. We will miss her, although most of you probably will never have met her because she worked early in the morning and usually was gone before we opened. 

I am very sorry to report that Andrea Bell, our Cook, has decided that she, also, will not be returning. Andrea has worked in our kitchen for many years both at lunch times and for entertainment evenings. We are sorry to lose them both. I am sure you will join with me in wishing them well in whatever they do next. 

Welcome  a very warm welcome to new Members  June Baker and  Gwyneth Jeyes.

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

Talking of which……the Committee has scheduled the 2020 and 2021 AGM’s for the evening of Tuesday 27th July ( covid restrictions allowing) . So, put that date in your diary. More information to come.

Ruth, (Acting Chairwoman)

Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer)

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

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

Lockdown Quiz

Well, I have to thank the two very able quiz compilers, Kath Lawson and Ian Stonier for giving us something to keep our brains active over the past few months. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Last month’s quiz was the last one in the series, and here below are the answers.

ANSWERS: Lockdown Quiz No4 Easy as ABC
1.Alcohol   2.British    3.Canada  4.Dolphin  5.Elephant   6.Fossils  7.Gold  8.Hudson  9.Instruments  10.Jaws  11.Kennedy  12.Lord  13.Maurice  14.Nana  15.Okra  16.Polydor  17.Queen  18.Rainfall  19.Sheep  20.Turkey  21.Urban  22.Venezuela  23.Weightlifting  24.Xenophobia    25.Yoga  26.Zulu

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – April 2021

Dear Members

Are your fingers crossed? Mine are! Only about 16 days and counting before your Club re-opens. We have a lot planned for you – new and old – and hope that you will support the Club as much as possible.

We will be revising our Covid-19 Risk Assessment before we open but do not anticipate many changes. Our revised assessment will be published on our web-site when completed.

 As yet we don’t have full details of the Government “guidance “for Step 3 of the Road Map but we will ensure that we adhere to all of that. Currently our plans are based on “guidance “issued for Step 2 which is necessarily more stringent. We can be flexible and will change in accordance with the guidance.

Members and their guests will be required either to give their name and address on entry or use the bar code which will be on the Hall table as before. 

One thing we do know is that face coverings will be mandatory when not seated. Miles and his staff will serve you seated at your table, there will be no bar service.  Washing your hands or using hand gel is advised and will be available as before. We understand that social distancing will remain and the seating will be arranged in compliance with this. You will all be very familiar with these rules. Again, the numbers that can gather together will be limited, up to a maximum of 6 a table but there is no limit on the number of households in this case. However, if there are more than 6 gathered together on the same table then they must be from only 2 households. We also understand that there will not be a curfew.

In order to facilitate social distancing booking will be essential for most events. You can easily do this by phoning Miles on 07738 628668.

A new initiative that Miles has been leading is to open the Upstairs Lounge for parties/events/small wedding receptions and afternoon tea. This will be offered to Members and non-Members alike so please spread the word.  Please contact Miles if you want more details and don’t forget he will do his best to tailor everything to your requirements.

Membership fees.

We have all been through an unusual and difficult time and we are looking forward to welcoming all Members back to the Club. We have accessed all the grants available to us but a difficult time lies ahead and so I have to appeal to all the Members to try to support your Club as much as you possibly can.

I have to remind those of you who haven’t paid to do so as soon as possible. The Committee have agreed that the 31st May will be the final day to accept 2021 Membership Fees. After this date if you have not paid you will cease to be a Member. If you wish to join after this date you will be required to pay £50.00 as if you are a new Member. Please think what you will be missing, just over £3 per month is very reasonable to allow you to access all the facilities and events. Your Club needs your support, and we really don’t want to lose you so please come along and join over 240 others who have done so already.

Tony Lawson, Club Secretary will be present at the Club to take your Membership fees, update Membership cards and distribute Car Park Stickers at the following times:

Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th May from 7.00 pm

Wednesday May 19th from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st from 11.00am to 1.00 pm

And also in the evening of Saturday May 22nd

So I hope you will agree that you will have ample opportunity to pay your Membership fee

Grand re-opening timetable for June

There will be an offer of 30p off a pint,15p off half pints and an equivalent discount for all other drinks including tea and coffee from 17th May to the 31st May – so come and make the most of it.

Monday 17th May – doors open 7.00 pm. All the usual weekly events except there will be no Thursday Carvery until further notice.

Wednesday 19th May -Saturday 22nd May – Miles will be offering Tea-time specials as before weekly from Wednesday to Saturday 6.00pm – 8.00 pm including 22nd May (see below). Two courses £7.50 per person. If you want to include a glass of wine the price is £10.00 per person. Book your seats early. 

 Saturday 22nd May – an opportunity for you all to come and meet up again, talk to friends you have not seen for far too long. Free light refreshments will be served to your table at 9.00 pm. The Tea -time special will also be available tonight from 6.00 pm -8.00pm so you may wish to plan to stay for the whole evening. Booking for both essential.

Sunday 23rd May – Miles’s Sunday Lunch returns with all the old favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. Booking necessary as usual. Served every Sunday. Please reserve your table.

Saturday 29th May – Bingo and a fish and chip supper served in a basket. Eyes down at 7.30 pm, supper will be served at half time. Always a fun night, why not come and try it out. You will be made very welcome. Booking is essential whether or not you chose to eat.

The price reduction on drinks ends on 31st May June 2021

Saturday 12th JuneCurry Night with entertainment. There will be a choice of 3 curries and rice with naan breads and chutney. More details to follow. Starts at 8.00pm. Booking and pre-payment required. £10.00 per person

Sunday 13th JuneFootie in the Lounge at 2.00 pm. England v Croatia, Sunday Lunch time will be served as usual from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Friday 18th June – Scotland v England Football match in Lounge. Sound will be off during the Meat Draw.

Saturday 19th JuneAfternoon Tea will be served from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm in the Upstairs Lounge. This might be a first for the Club so come and enjoy a variety of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam, all washed down with endless pots of tea or coffee. £15.00 per person 2.00pm – 4.00 pm.  Booking essential. This is a first so please come and support Miles and Andrea in this new venture.   

21st June – hopefully the Country enters Step 4 of the Road Map and all limits on social contact will be lifted.

Tuesday 22nd June – England v Czechoslovakia Football in the Lounge 8. 00pm. Snacks

 (chips and rolls) will be available during the match.

Saturday 26th JuneEntertainment evening – Come and join the fun and be entertained by Louise Scott, a female vocalist.  A buffet will be served at 9.30 pm and the price is £8 per person. Booking will be essential and entry to the Lounge will be by ticket only. (The Snooker Room Lounge area is now available as an alternative).

Don’t forget! – Sunday Lunch every Sunday 12.00 pm – 3.00pm. Please remember to book to avoid disappointment.

 Snooker Room – will be open from the 17th May. Please book your tables in the usual way. Bookings will be welcome from 10th May onwards. Snooker players will be expected to wear masks if not at a Snooker Table.  Customer feedback questionnaires are available on the Bar. Any comments about the new arrangements, which will be reviewed in September, are welcome.

  Please don’t forget to support the following weekly events:

Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at 8.00pm come and test your knowledge, have a drink and a chat. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.

Open the Box prize money currently stands at £70.00

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

I hope you have kept your Meat Draw tickets in a safe place; you can use them on Friday 21st May. Play your Cards Jackpot stands at £50.00 and Kath’s Draw Jackpot is a massive £280 – some lucky person might win this eventually.

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

Silly Question prize standing at £20.00 and Ring the Bell jackpot is a huge £140. Come and take your chance at winning this.

Dominoes – regrettably this activity will remain on hold until further notice.

Bowls Club section of Newark Conservative Club

The bowls season has started. Due to current restrictions I cannot post anything on the bowls notice board. for the benefit of new members and any current members. Our league participation starts in the middle of May when some of the restrictions have eased. We are allowed to bowl though at the moment, but not to use the changing rooms. We do however meet every Tuesday morning, weather permitting, at the pavilion, Beaumond Gardens, to bowl against each other in competition. 5 4 3 2 1, is the name of the game. This starts at 10 am and lasts just over an hour and followed by tea or coffee and biscuits. All Conservative Club members are eligible to join us. Our bowls Captain is James Burton. Tony Lawson, Conservative Club Secretary, has all the information as well. If you are interested and want to find out more or wish to join us please come to the pavilion on a Tuesday morning.

 Tony Parker, Chairman of the bowls section.

The Committee and I look forward to meeting you in person at the Club very soon. 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.

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

PS I am very sorry to announce Stuart Murray’s resignation from the Committee. I would like to put on record my thanks for Stuart’s support and hard work. We will miss his steadying advice and calm approach. Thank you Stuart.

Here are the answers to Ian’s quiz in the March newsletter.

Lockdown Quiz 3 answers

What is the study of the science of plants? Botany

Which butterfly shares its name with a London area? Camberwell

Which Club has members called Barkers? The Variety Club

In which African Country is Timbuctoo? Mali

Cryptic Clue – TV Programme –    ASCENDING SLIGHTLY WET.  Rising Damp

Who is the only British Prime Minister to marry a divorce? Margaret Thatcher

Which Greek god gave his name to the US Space Programme? Apollo

Which English city has a Cathedral and the same name as an American President? Lincoln

The first panel on which TV show featured Alma Cogan, Pete Murray, Gary Miller and Susan Stranks? Juke Box Jury

In Only Fools and Horses which character was teased for being a Jaffa? Boyesie

Which is the largest Central London Park? Hyde

Who was Henry the Eighth’s third wife? Jane Seymour

How many ounces in a pound? 16

In 1968 Dionne Warwick asked what?  Do you know the way to San Jose?

Which abbreviation means “and so on”? Etcetera

Which football club used to play their home games at White City? Queens Park Rangers

Which is the oldest royal residence? Windsor Castle

What colour is the circle on the Japanese flag? Red

Who is the only golfer to win the Open in three different decades? Gary Player

Which is England’s only island city? Portsmouth

Lockdown Quiz 4  kindly provided by Kath – this will be the final quiz in the Lockdown series. Answers in the May Newsletter

EASY AS ABC
The answer to question 1 begins with  A, question 2 begins with B, and so on through the alphabet.

  1. If you were a dipsomaniac what would you want.   (A)
  2. What nationality was Walt Disney.     (B)
  3.  Where was the series “Due South” set.   (C)
  4. After the human, what is the most intelligent creature on earth.  (D)
  5.  What type of creature was Barbar.    (E)
  6.  What does a palaeontologist study.  (F)
  7.  What is another name for Iron Pyrites.  (G)
  8.  What is the surname of Sherlock Holmes’ landlady.  (H)
  9.  What is a sonata written for.   (I)
  10.  What movie opens with the line,” The great fish moved silently through the water.” (J)
  11.  What name did the Idlewild Airport change its name to in 1963.   (K)
  12.  What word appears nearly 2,000 times in the bible.   (L)
  13.  What was Michael Caines real first name.  (M)
  14.  What is the name of the dog in Peter Pan.  (N)
  15.  What vegetable is sometimes called Ladies Fingers.  (O)
  16.  What was the Beatles first record label.   (P)
  17.  What is an adult female pedigree cat.   (Q)
  18.  If you were using a Pluviometer what would you be measuring.  (R)
  19.  From which animal can humans take lanolin.   (S)
  20.  What country has had Prime Ministers Ulnsa and Ozal.  (T)
  21.  What is the opposite to rural.  (U)
  22.  In which country could you see the Angel falls.  (V)
  23.  Vasili Alexyef broke 80 world records in which sport,  (W)
  24.  What is the extreme dislike or fear of anything or anyone foreign.  (X)
  25.  What is the system of Hindu philosophy that has many forms.  (Y)
  26.  Who were crushed by Lord Chelmsford’s Redcoats. (Z)
Venue For Hire

Venue For Hire

Are you looking for a venue for your wedding reception, special party, private function or meeting?

Look no further, we have a number of well-appointed rooms and two bars to offer you 

  We would be pleased to discuss your needs.

and can cater for up to 60 guests

Menus on request

Please call Miles, the Club Steward on 07738 628668 to arrange a visit to discuss your requirements.

(All activities within the Club are operated in a covid-19 secure manner – see our covid-19 risk assessment on this web-site.) 

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – July 2021

Newark Conservative Club Newsletter – March 2021

Dear Members

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of March! Spring is definitely here and the daffodils are out. We have not been idle at the Club, lots of development and planning has been going on and we can’t wait to see what you think of it.

The Committee have agreed that the Club will re-open on May 17th 2021 dependent upon the Government review. I know some of you will be disappointed it won’t happen earlier but we were unable to go ahead with the purchase of a Marquee for insurance reasons. Maybe some time in the future who knows? The idea is on the shelf not in the rubbish bin. If the weather allows there will be some outside seating provided on the front lawn.

A taste of what is to come –

Monday May 17th is the published date on which Step 3 of the Road Map commences. Data allowing we should be able to serve you indoors albeit whilst still observing some restrictions. If the date is confirmed by the Government we plan to be open for normal hours with all the usual weekly activities. There will be no Thursday Carvery for the time being but Miles will be continuing with his tea – time specials. So – doors will be open on Monday 17th May at 7.00 pm.

Wednesday May 19th Tony will be present at the Club from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm to take Membership fees, update Membership cards and distribute Car Park Stickers. You will also be able to do this on the evening of Saturday May 22nd.

Saturday May 22nd Miles will be inviting all of you to celebrate our re-opening with a free buffet and a reduction in the price of some drinks.

Look out for Tony if you wish to pay your Membership fees this evening.

Saturday 29th May Eyes Down! It’s an evening of Bingo with a basket meal    

Saturday 12th June is a Curry Night

Saturday 26th June  Miles and Ian have engaged Louise Scott, a female vocalist to entertain us and a buffet meal will be served.

Football – as you will be aware we have a brand new television in the Alexander Room. Miles will be screening the England 2021 Euro cup matches and offering hot food during the games. More details to follow. 

We have plenty more planned to keep you interested and I will be giving details about these and other activities in the next Newsletter.

Parties/Small functions/Wedding Receptions and Meetings

Miles and the Committee are hoping to be able to expand the business by utilising both the Alexander Lounge and the upstairs Eden Lounge for private parties -such as wedding receptions and birthday parties. We can cater for up to 40 upstairs and 60 downstairs. During lock-down we have upgraded the furniture upstairs at minimum cost enabling us to offer a variety of layouts to suit most tastes. If you are planning an important event or know someone who is, please put them in touch with Miles (07738 628668) to discuss their needs. This venture will be open to Members and non-Members alike. I hope to have some photos of the Eden Lounge to show you in the next Newsletter.

The Snooker Room

Whilst in lock-down the Committee have had discussions about how to develop interest in playing snooker and make the Snooker Room more welcoming. We have agreed to make some small, no cost alterations to the Snooker Room, on a trial basis for 3 months. A “lounge area” has been created near the Bar to enable any Member to eat and drink in there if they wish. This means that at least for the duration of the trial Table No. 5 will be taken out of commission. We hope that these changes will have little impact on our Snooker players enjoyment of their game however a review of these new arrangements will take place in September when the Committee will discuss feedback from the Membership and review both bookings for the Snooker Tables and takings for the new Snooker Bar menu. A decision will not be taken about the new arrangements until after that review.  Feedback forms will be made available in the Snooker Room and Alexander Lounge.

Fire Risk Assessment

Earlier this month an independent fire consultant conducted a review of the building. His report outlined a number of minor housekeeping issues most of which were attended to immediately and our attention was also drawn to the requirement for a fire door upstairs and an additional fire alarm both of which are work in progress.

Mr James Kennedy   It is with sadness that I record the passing of Mr James Kennedy who was a Life Member and former Secretary of the Club. Our condolences go to his wife and family at this sad time.

Mr Trevor Bombroffe   It is my sad duty to inform you that Mr Trevor Bombroffe recently passed away. Our condolences to his family and friends

The Membership fees   Thank you to all of you who have already renewed.  Renewal is £37.00 per Member and 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 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.

AGM – A reminder that this essential event was postponed until 2021 and remains on the Committee Agenda.. At this point in time I am unable to give you any further information. Suffice it to say that you will be advised about the AGM when the Committee has had an opportunity to consider the best way to proceed.

It won’t be long now! We are all looking forward to seeing you 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.

Lockdown Quiz 2 

Last month Kath Lawson tested us with an anagram quiz. Here are the answers: –

  1. Want dole……… Edwalton               11. Kops Row              Worksop…….
  2. Shave a nerd……… Ravenshead …  12. Wild broth.             Blidworth                               
  3. Lend brown tea…… New Balderton     13. Welsh lout.             Southwell……                           
  4. Or help Peter……… Perlethorpe … 14.Show copper bill… Cropwell Bishop        
  5. Do shower……… Sherwood           15 Lean fort……           Alfreton..
  6. Find males………… Mansfield……. 16 Niggled                   Gedling  
  7. Can or clots……… Car Colston …      17 Ron lad…                Arnold…           
  8. Mad howl.………… Lowdham….….      18. Tall thin son……    Stanton Hill                
  9. Once split………… Clipstone ………..  19. Real vest………    Teversal               
  10. Fried calf ………… Radcliffe ……      20. Me need lav … … Meden Vale.

Lockdown Quiz 3

It’s Ian’s turn once again and he has kindly put together a quiz for us this month – Good Luck everyone. Answers in the April Newsletter            

  1. What is the study of the science of plants|?
  2. Which butterfly shares its name with a London area?
  3. Which Club has members called Barkers?
  4. In which African Country is Timbuctoo?
  5. Cryptic Clue – TV Programme – ASCENDING SLIGHTLY WET. 
  6. Who is the only British Prime Minister to marry a divorce?
  7. Which Greek god gave his name to the US Space Programme?
  8. Which English city has a Cathedral and the same name as an American President?
  9. The first panel on which TV show featured Alma Cogan, Pete Murray, Gary Miller and Susan Stranks?
  10. In Only Fools and Horses which character was teased for being a Jaffa?
  11. Which is the largest Central London Park?
  12. Who was Henry the Eighth’s third wife?
  13. How many ounces in a pound?
  14. In 1968 Dionne Warwick asked what?
  15. Which abbreviation means “and so on”?
  16. Which football club used to play their home games at White City?
  17. Which is the oldest royal residence?
  18. What colour is the circle on the Japanese flag? d
  19. Who is the only golfer to win the Open in three different decades?
  20. Which is England’s only island city?