It is nearly a month since my last update and I am pleased to report that the club has continued to benefit on a range of fronts so a hearty and, repeated, “HURRAH” is certainly appropriate.
Financially, August proved to continue the trend that we have been enjoying over recent months in that we have continued to attract new members and visitors and, as I have previously mentioned, I am in no doubt that the club’s welcoming nature is a major element of our success. To date, since the start of lockdown, the club has attracted a total of 85 new members !!
We continue to enjoy the good weather and I am extremely pleased that the outdoor deck has proved to be very popular.
Over the last few weeks it was great to be able to stage a variety of membership based events such as the deck opening day and various golf and bowls, covid safe, matches which have all proved very popular and I want to express my gratitude to all those members who, firstly, entered them and, secondly, who stepped forward to make them the success they were.
Today I am sure that many members will have listened to Boris outlining the new measures being introduced from Monday September 14th based around his “rule of 6”. I have already contacted Golf England asking for clarification as to where that leaves us for matches and societies and I ask all members to continue to adhere to the social distancing measures that we all need to.
This coming weekend the bowls side have their finals weekend and I have been successful in getting into a number of finals which will remove me from the bar operation for parts of the weekend. Members will have seen the dependency on volunteers at the weekend and there is no doubt in my mind that limiting people from the clubhouse and delivering food and beverages to the seating area is the safest approach for everyone on site so I would ask members to be slightly more patient this weekend if the delivery times, with one or two members not being available , are a little delayed. We have recruited some additional help but there may be times where delays occur.
As with previous weekends Sarah will be on site working, in her bubble, in the kitchen with the volunteers delivering her culinary delights to the deck. Sarah’s special this weekend will be lasagne and salad and, for those like me with a sweet tooth, victoria sandwich.
Lastly I want to take the opportunity to thank all those members who continue to step forward and volunteer on a range of activities across the club. There is no doubt that volunteering is an integral part of our success and without their efforts the club would certainly not be enjoying such positive results.
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club