This is just a general update on various matters to ensure that so that members are better informed as we continue our progress back towards normality !!!!!
: Volunteers – Many members continue to help the club in these difficult times providing their time and energy on numerous tasks which I am mightily grateful for and I have no doubt that the level of membership engagement with the club is one of the principal reasons behind the improving culture and friendliness throughout the club.
: Stuart – I am sure that everyone will recognise the effort that Stuart has personally contributed over the past weeks so I am taking the opportunity to give Stuart a hearty “SHOUT OUT”and to remind members that rubbish left in buggies or around the clubhouse has to be cleared up by someone and that “someone” is, all too often, Stuart or Neil’s team so please think about this and, where possible, take your rubbish home with you for your bins to swallow up.
: Financials – We have continued in our success in attracting new members and visitors. This has been reflected in our subscriptions and visitor revenue for June, both of which are up on last year which represents a major success for the club and is cause for celebration – HURRAH !!!!!. Once we have the June figures I will include the details in a member update next week.
: New rough cutter – this has now been delivered and being put to good use around the course. It represented a fairly significant purchase for the club and whilst it is not new it is in very good condition with relatively low hours and should serve the club for many years.
: New practise net – now ordered and the structure will be improved over the coming weeks.
: New ball lifters – ordered, received and already fitted to the flags by James Else working late last night to complete the task – thanks to James.
: Bar operation – I am sure that the majority of members will be very pleased to hear that, following the announcement by Boris Johnson last week, the bar will be re-opened on July 4th. Whilst this is great news I have to make it very clear that we can only open if we meet, and continue to meet, the government guidelines which will entail customers adhering to the social distancing requirements and the overall processes being covid safe. To meet the requirements will need all customers to embrace the new procedures that we have to put in place and help the bar staff to make the processes run smoothly. I will be issuing detailed guidance by Friday July 2nd but the headlines are as follows :
– some barrels already ordered and received together with a range of bottled beer.
– some seating in the restaurant area, socially distanced but we will be required to maintain a list of customers using any indoor space and retain it for 21 days as part of the track and trace protocol.
– no seating in the bar area
– a one way system in the bar area to be followed with everyone in a queue maintaining social distance
– method to introduce greater distance between bar staff behind the bar and customers in front
– customers to sanitise their hands on entry to bar area
– main customer seating in bottom car park for which I have ordered 6 new picnic tables which we are hoping will arrive within 2 – 3 weeks and in the meantime I will be inviting members to bring their own chairs in to augment the four picnic tables that we have together with the numerous benches. We are also looking to install a raised deck along the ranch fence by the bowls green from where the hire bag trollies are parked to the bricked garden area. One of our members will be providing all of the materials and we will be looking to volunteer chippies to do the construction and if this goes to plan I believe the end result will be incredible with anyone using the area being able to heckle those about to tee off on the first or those in the bunkers on the 18th, I am sure in the “best possible taste”. The starters hut is to be moved up to a new level area by the practise net this coming week and this will be used as an outdoor bar at least on busy days if not every day.
– customers will have to return their glasses to either the bar or a specific area, maybe outside one of the emergency exits
– changing rooms will only be open for using the toilets
– member discount cards will not be usable because their use would automatically involve the card being passed to the bar staff, used and then returned which would breach the guidelines – to overcome this issue we will be using a spare discount card behind the bar to charge drinks to with the member then crediting the same card with the net cost by way of contactless credit/debit cards. This doubles the time for a transaction but I see no satisfactory alternative and this is one such example where members will need to be patient and keep smiling !!
– risk assessment is done
– detailed procedures and signage will be done this coming week
– the bar will operate on reduced hours and, initially, will be staffed by some of the volunteers at least until the working procedures are all ironed out – one obvious issue is to meet the social distancing guidelines mean that two people from different households cannot work together behind the bar but I am hoping that once the membership understand the challenges and are willing to help the bar staff by queuing in an orderly and patient manner and returning glasses etc we should be able to operate on one member of staff. – the bar staff will have to ensure that customers continue to adhere to the guidelines and I will continue to make it very clear to all that the bar can only remain open if the guidelines are followed.
From July 1st we are going back to the pro shop being staffed every day.
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club