THE END TO LOCKDOWN APPEARS TO BE IN SIGHT !!!!!!!!!!
With the government announcement on Monday we have a clear roadmap for the end of lockdown, which I have no doubt has been well received by all. While the stage dates will be subject to continued review the timetable for the club appears to be :
March 29th – outdoor sports allowed
: Golf course opens for play :
• Format of play – at the present time we are we are assuming that four balls will be okay and will update members if this changes
• Initially the course will open for members and their guests and Stuart will open the booking system from March 22nd
• The course will be opened up to visitors at a later date subject to tee time availability but members will be given a booking window of seven days while visitors will have a shorter period.
• COMPETITIONS – With the resumption of golf from March 29th, we plan to include as many club competitions as possible with immediate effect. Entry to these will be via How Did I do and the competitions committee are currently setting these up on the system. Alternative dates for those missed in March will be sought to see if these may be fitted in later in the year.
: bowls green opens on April 1st – detailed guidance to follow
: club house remains closed
: Stuart on site to open changing rooms for access to toilets but shop closed to customers
: bowls equipment stored in outside bar – committee to determine procedures
April 12th – bar and restaurant opens for outdoor service only
: Pro shop open to customers (face masks mandatory)
: Bar service but no customers inside clubhouse – only outside table service
: Restaurant service outside – times to be determined (not every day)
: Outdoor seating – rule of 6 or two households applies
May 17th – Club house opens but subject to the rule of 6
: snooker room opens but subject to guidance
: Bar service inside but subject to rule of 6 or 2 h/holds (maybe face masks)
: Restaurant service inside but subject to rule of 6 or 2 h/holds (maybe face masks)
: Outside – rule of 6 no longer applies – groups of up to 30
June 21st – all restrictions lifted which should allow the club bar cards to be used
July – We are aiming to hold the club AGM in July and will publish the date shortly
After the recent flooding we are making good progress with clearing the course of debris and well advanced with our insurance claim which has now been formally accepted by the insurance company. Our claim has been submitted and while replacement of some items has been agreed we are waiting on approval for the remainder. More information on this will be published when available.
As detailed in my last two updates we are planning to hold our club AGM when able, which appears possible in July and this will include a debate on whether there should be any rebate to members in recognition of the lockdown over the last 12 months. The board continues to maintain that the decision to award any form of compensation, be it additional months of free membership or holding annual fees for existing members for 2022 (and maybe 2023) or an actual rebate has to be voted on by the membership rather than being decided by the board who believe it best to keep the money in the club for improvements. The advantage of leaving the surplus we accumulated in 2020 in the club will be that, much needed, improvements can be made around the club without the need for resorting to loans or raising fees and we would be better able to avoid the need to increase fees in 2022.
If, however, the collective decision is to make some form of gesture the benefit to the individual member could be regarded as, relatively immaterial while having a more major impact on the club, eg :
: a 10% rebate or 1 month extension on membership would be roughly worth £10 to a bowler and £80 to a 7 day golf member but cost the club £25,000
: a 20% rebate or 2 month extension on membership would be roughly worth £20 to a bowler and £170 to a 7 day golf member but cost the club £50,000 which would wipe out almost all of the surplus achieved in 2020
Now that we have a roadmap for exiting the lockdown and a date for reopening the course and bowls green can I remind members that they need to pay their 2021 fees if already due. Please be aware that any member overdue with their fees will not be able to access BRS to book tee times or bowls rinks. Judith can be contacted on 01487 813595 to take payment which will apply from the due date.
On a final point I am aware that there have been some rumblings amongst club members on a range of matters and if any member has concerns then please ring me (01487 823542) and I will try to address any concerns.
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club