Dear Members

I know that most of you will be aware by now that we have a new Steward who took up post at the end of January 2020.

Miles Murphy and his wife Andrea have moved into the flat with Harvey the dog and Buddy the cat. I am sure you will want to give all of them a very warm welcome.

Miles has previous experience in the hospitality industry and both he and Andrea have until recently been working at the Conservative Club in Market Harborough and thus they have a lot of valuable, relevant experience. The Committee is looking forward to working with Miles in order to provide you with the best the Club can offer and developing new ideas as well to attract new Members. Please encourage friends, family and neighbours to come along and find out what we offer. It’s easy enough to sign them in.

If you have any ideas about how we can develop the Club please let any of the Committee know. Equally if you are not happy with something – tell us and we will listen. We can’t promise to act all the time but we will discuss your comments.

Improvement will take time. Our new Steward needs to get to know the Club and the Members. He is keen to find out what you want so please talk to him. This next year will be an exciting one, Miles has a lot of ideas – please give him your support.

The Committee are now able to devote some time and attention on other important matters.  It is our intention that the long neglected web site will be brought up to date. We have already had one meeting with our web-site manager so watch this space.

I would welcome more members to join the Committee and share the load and would urge all members to think seriously about giving up some time to help the Club. Please talk to me or Tony or any member of the Committee. We are a friendly bunch.

This newsletter is also part of our plan to ensure that members are better informed of what is going on in the Club. If you have any news you think should go in the Newsletter please contact the Club or email FAO Ruth Lockwood on info@newarkconservativeclub.org. Also, please look out for us on Face Book. Andrea Murphy is going to be looking after this on the Committee’s behalf.

I held an Open Forum in February. Members were able to raise various concerns including those about the car park being full on some days. There is no easy solution to this. A question was also raised about the price of certain functions. Miles was able to state that food and entertainment will be properly costed out on an event by event basis and priced accordingly.

I hope this year is going to be an exciting one for all of us. It will bring its challenges but with your support, and the continued hard work of the Club Committee and Steward I am optimistic that the Club will improve and develop.

Darren Willson, Chairman 

Miles and Andrea Murphy

The Chairman and Committee are pleased to welcome Miles and Andrea to the Club. Miles is our new Steward. He has enjoyed a career of nearly 40 years in the hospitality trade. Most recently Miles was Steward at Market Harborough Conservative Club where he was ably assisted by Andrea. They handled events such as wedding breakfasts, funeral wakes and parties. With their help we hope that we can develop those events and more at our Club. If you are looking for a comfortable, welcoming venue with first class decor please come and talk to Tony Lawson, Secretary or Miles Murphy, Club Steward about your requirements.

Welcome back to George Townrow

George Townrow our handyman is back! George has been off having a new hip but we are pleased to announce that he has started back to work. He has been advised to take it easy and we hope that he will soon be back to full duties. We have missed you George!

 Monthly Calendar

From Sunday 1st March 

If you are a regular at the Sunday lunch Carvery you will notice a difference from March 1st onwards. Miles is making a few changes to the menu. The Carvery – ever a popular favourite – will remain, however there will be some additions to the menu in the form of gammon, lamb, salmon and new potatoes. Miles will also offer a homemade meat pie. Lunch will be served from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. So if you like a lie in on a Sunday you won’t have to miss out. Just book your table for a later time.

Monday March 2nd Ladies Section – Canine Partners 

The Ladies Section meet once a month on the first Monday of the month. On this occasion they will hear all about Canine Partners, an organisation which uses assistance dogs to make a difference to someone living with a disability in the UK.  There are currently 456 dogs all over the UK making a difference to someone’s life.

The speaker will be Rubina Savage who will be accompanied by her colleague Pauline and dog Blythe. All Lady Members are welcome – bring your friends and sign them in.

Weekend of 6th/7th/8th March International Billiards Tournament 

This is an International event with England competing against Ireland taking place in our Snooker Room.

Saturday March 14th Entertainment Night with Steve Clements

Steve Clements will be providing the entertainment, Miles will provide a luxury buffet Details of this night will be on the notice board very soon – keep your eyes open  and don’t forget – you can “sign in” family and friends.

 March 22nd Mothers Day

lunch menu available from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH

Lunchtime Sunday March 22nd

A warm welcome awaits all members and their guests, Come and treat that special person in your life to a 3 course lunch and a free glass of Prosecco with their meal

Two Course £14.50    Three Courses £16.50

Served from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm

Booking and pre-payment required

Please ask the Bar Staff for Menus and Booking Forms

 Sunday 29th March

Lincolnshire Billiards and Snooker Association will be in the Snooker room from 9.30am to 8.00 pm. They are holding their annual Billiards Tournament.

Other events are as follows:

Wednesday evening quiz takes place every week at 9.00 pm. New quizzers will be very welcome.

Tuesday 10th March being the second Tuesday of the month is 5’s and 3’s Dominoes at 7.45 pm

Thursday 26th March is running out Dominoes which starts at 7.45 pm

Every Thursday   – The weekly Carvery and a “special” will be available.

Every Friday there is a Fish and Chips special at lunchtime

Every Friday evening there is a Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right  and Kath’s Jackpot Draw in the Alexander Lounge at approximately 9.15 pm. Kenny Thorpe won the Jackpot Draw a week ago and went home with £310.

Every Sunday lunchtime a Carvery is served from 12.00 pm with plenty of choice to tempt you. The price is a very reasonable £6.95

Every Sunday evening there is Games Night with a quiz, card bingo, Ian’s silly question and Ring My Bell. Come and have some fun, everyone is welcome. The prize for the silly question is currently standing at £210 and Ring the Bell, at the time of writing, is £35. So if you are feeling lucky – – – –

 and coming soon – the AGM – watch the Notice Board for the date

a dart board and a television so that Members may watch the Rugby and Football

Are you excited?We are re-opening at 7pm on the 17th May

Come and help celebrate this momentous day

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