The Committee and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
We have several new Members for 2022 – Mrs Jean Peet, Mr Nigel Tatton, Mr Terence Crowder, Mrs Lynne Harper, Ms Janette Snape and Mr David Murray-Carr. A very warm welcome to you all on behalf of the Committee and Members.
The Newark Conservative Association has extended an invitation to a Club Member, who must also be a paid-up member of the Conservative Party, to become a member of the Association’s Committee. If anyone is interested and wishes to find out more about what would be involved please speak to Tony Lawson.
Your membership became due on January 1st 2022 and the renewal fee is £41.Those joining for the first time are required to pay £50 as a one-off fee. Thank you to all of you who have already re-joined. Your ongoing support is much appreciated.
BACS The preferred method of payment is B.A.C.S. because there is no cost to the Club. Payment details are as follows:
Payee – Newark Conservative Club
Sort code – 20 50 21
Account number – 03164209
Reference – A.B.Bloggs (Please ensure that you include your name and initials in the reference box to enable us to identify who has paid.)
We would be most grateful if you choose this option. Once you have paid by B.A.C.S please place your membership card in one of the brown envelopes on the Alexander Lounge bar and then place the envelope into the 2022 subscription box also on the Alexander Lounge bar.
Cash or Cheque Alternatively please place your £41.00 (cash or cheque made out to Newark Conservative Club) along with your membership card into one of the brown envelopes placed on the Alexander Lounge bar, then into the subscription box which is also placed on the Alexander Lounge bar.
Credit/Debit card if you wish to pay your subscription by credit/debit card, then you must ensure that the Club’s record of the transaction is placed in your envelope along with your membership card prior to being placed in the subscription box.
However you pay, if you require a car park sticker you are requested to write your car registration number on the brown envelope when paying, you will be able to collect your updated membership card and a car park sticker from the Alexander Lounge Bar in due course.
Food Safety and Hygiene
A food safety and hygiene inspection was carried out on 22nd December by Newark and Sherwood District Council. Some points for action were raised in the report – these have all now been successfully completed. The Inspector returned on the 18th January 2022 and has given us a clean bill of health. Miles returned from his holiday to a newly decorated kitchen!
News from the social scene
Miles and Andrea had a very busy time with a wide variety of events in December such as Casino Night, Christmas Eve nibbles, Christmas meals, and a 5 course Christmas Day lunch. There was a 3 course meal with entertainment on New Year’s Eve. It was a really enjoyable evening and a fun way to see in the New Year. We all had a wonderful meal and enjoyed fantastic live entertainment from Kim.
The Christmas decorations that added so much to the atmosphere have been put away for another year – thanks once again to Kath, Tony, Gaye and Martyn. Your hard work is much appreciated.
Andrea and Miles have just returned from a few days away, recuperating from all the hard work over the past year and especially Christmas. I would like to convey your thanks to them both for their hard work.
Miles is now planning the programme for the coming year.
January 29th Bingo £5 per person for a basket meal of either sausage (vegetarian option available) or scampi and chips. Food served from 7.00 pm, eyes down 8.00 pm
February 19th – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special meal (7.00pm – 7.30 pm) and entertainment by Jack Graham, vocalist. The menu will be
CREAMY MUSHROOM VOL AU VENT
HAZELNUT BUTTER SCALLOPS SERVED WITH SIDE SALAD
SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PATE TOPPED WITH REDCURRANT GLAZE SERVED WITH CRACKERS & SIDE SALAD
PORK MEDALLIONS IN CIDER APPLE AND MUSHROOM SAUCE SERVED WITH DAUPHINOISE POTATOES BROCCOLI & CARROTS
CAULIFLOWER & RED PEPPER CURRY SERVED WITH RICE & NAAN BREAD
HALIBUT STEAK IN LEMON BUTTER & ROSEMARY SAUCE
SERVED WITH DAUPHINOISE POTATOES BROCCOLI & CARROTS
HANDMADE BELGIAN CHOCOLATE CAKE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM
PASSION CAKE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM
STRAWBERRY & PROSECCO TRUFFLE SERVED WITH CREAM OR ICE CREAM
COFFEE & MINTS
Dining Members £29.95 per person
Dining non-Members £34.95 per person
Non- diners £10.00 per person
PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT TIME OF BOOKING
March 27TH – Mothering Sunday – treat your mother or the special lady in your life to a SPECIAL Mother’s Day lunch. More details to follow.
And please Don’t forget your regular favourites for the diary
Thursday Lunch-time Carvery served 12.00 – 2.00 pm. Price for a main course alone will be £6.40 and add £1.65 for a sweet.
Friday Shoppers Special served from 12.00 pm until 2.00pm. Hand battered Fish and chips with mushy peas, bread and butter and a pot of tea. £9.00 per person
Saturday Morning Breakfast – from 10.30 to 12.30 pm
large – £6.95 and small £5.95. Vegetarian breakfast available on request. All with a pot of tea and toast.
Sunday Lunch is very popular so don’t forget to reserve your table. All the favourites from 12.00 pm until 3.00 pm. £7.50 per person – and with our loyalty card you buy 9 mains and get the 10th free.
Lunches are served Wednesday to Saturday 12.0pm to 2.00 pm with a variety of meals and snacks to suit your taste.
Snooker Room – it is now possible to order and eat a snack in the Snooker Room. A reminder of the Free Snooker taster sessions – On every Saturday lunch-time between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. Members are invited to bring a young person between the age of 12yrs and 18yrs to play a game of snooker free of charge. Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult Member at all times. A “kids” menu will be available e.g., burger and a coke £3.00.
Please don’t forget to support the other regular weekly events:
Wednesday Quiz and Open the Box – weekly at approx. 8.30pm.
Friday night Meat Draw, Play your Cards Right and Kath’s Jackpot (prize money stands at £170) starts at 10.00 pm. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar.
Sunday Night Quiz, Silly Question, Card Bingo and Ring the Bell. (Jackpot is £135 at the time of writing) Please note that this event now starts at 8.30 pm with the Card Bingo. It will be followed at 9.00 pm by the Quiz itself. Filled cobs will be available to purchase from behind the Bar
Newark Conservative Club Bowls Section
As always happens at this time of the year there is very little to report from the Bowls section. However we had a lovely Christmas Dinner at the Club. Thank you Miles and Andrea. We have a committee meeting at the end of the month and will put the AGM date in February ‘s issue of the Club Bulletin.
The Ladies Section held their Christmas meal on 13th December, and sadly this would be the last time they would meet together as a group. Due to diminishing numbers the £3 paid by each member at the monthly meetings would no longer amount to enough to be able to attract good quality speakers.
Although there were only 11 of us at the Christmas meal, this was an enjoyable event with plenty of food and wine and everyone went home with a small gift.
There were remaining funds at the end of the year of £125.63 which it was agreed would be donated to various charities. This was divided up as follows:
£65.63 to Beaumond House Hospice, £30 to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and £30 to Canine Partners (who were one of our last speakers and train assistance dogs). I have had acknowledgements from all these Charities for our donations, so the money will be used beneficially.
It is sad that a group that has existed for many years has been disbanded, but as mentioned previously, diminishing numbers, ladies not renewing their Club Membership and changing times have contributed to this. I think those of us who have attended over the years have heard some fascinating tales, seen some interesting demonstrations and overall had a good time. So thanks to everyone who has attended and made the meetings enjoyable.
Darts – bring your darts along and have a game in the Snooker Room.
Dominoes –5’s and 3’s is on the last Thursday of every month at 7.45 pm. Learners are very welcome, support and training available if interested. Please come along and join in. Further information from Monica and Richard Hill
Running out Dominoes is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.45 pm. from September until April. Again, you will be welcome to join us. Further information from Kath and Tony Lawson
Newark Patriotic Fund
The target has been reached, so the bucket has been removed from the hall. Thanks to those of you who have collected your milk bottle tops for this worthy cause.
Covid 19 – We will continue to observe measures to keep you safe when in the Club
The doors/windows will be opened at regular intervals for short periods of time to ventilate the Lounge as much as possible. Please feel free to wear a face mask when you are moving around the building.
The signing- in form remains available and also the track and trace NHS QR code. Cleaning of tables and chairs between customers has continued and will be maintained. Please continue to observe a safe distance between yourselves and other Members and their guests. Antiseptic hand gel is available for your use. Please do not enter the Club if you have symptoms of covid-19. Let’s keep each other safe.
Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2022
Ruth, (Chairwoman) Tony, (Secretary) Helen, (Treasurer) Alan, Darren, Ian, Kath, Mark, Sheila, Vaughan (Committee)