March 25th 2020
I am planning to issue updates to members to maintain a flow of information and to co-ordinate, as far as is possible, help and assistance to any member that needs it. Before the lock down was instigated a few days ago both the bowls and golf sections were in the process of setting up some form of “buddy” scheme where volunteers could offer assistance to any member needing it – there is no reason that this cannot continue to function so if any member, falling into the “vulnerable category” as per current regulations, needs assistance or a voice on the end of a phone please ring myself or Patsy on 01487 823542. Similarly if any members are willing to provide assistance please let me have details so we can marry up geographically located volunteers to those needing assistance.
As you are aware the course is now closed and no play is permitted – Neil and his team has taken in all flags etc.
Golf England has confirmed that Neil and his team can continue to travel to work under the current regulations and Neil is organising matters to ensure that Matt, Richard and himself come in at different times, work only on their own machines, follow all of the health protocols in terms of social distancing, cleaning hands, etc etc
I am using my allowable daily exercise regime to cycle through the course to make sure that there is no vandalism or unwanted incursion. I am using the following route – through the Meadow Lane practise area and following the public footpath along the bank, through the field and up from the grounds building to the club house – if there are any other members who are using the course for their legitimate daily exercise please let me knows typical times so, that way, we can organise better security throughout the day. I am pleased to see a lot of local walkers out on the course as this, indirectly improves security.
We do not know how long this lock down will continue for but we have to be prepared for an extended period.
We are unable to pay back membership fees or consider use of the abeyance procedures, as I am sure you will understand that either would create additional financial insecurity for the Club, thus putting your future club in jeopardy.
We have all invested in the Club, and value our time there, and hard though it is to, in effect, lose our opportunity to use the club facilities for an extended period we have to look at “ the big picture” and value our lives and those of staff.
I am sure most of you will appreciate our difficulties – they are completely out of our control – if we can all maintain our health, and that of our families, I am prepared to accept the situation and I hope that all of our members will.
As I stated in one of my previous messages I am sure that all members will want the club to survive this situation and we are taking steps to ensure that we claim all monies we can from central government but the reality is that the revenues lost from society usage, bar and kitchen sales will far exceed the support available from government.
In the short term members can help by ensuring that they pay their membership fees as they fall due for renewal in March, April, May etc etc and not alter their fairway credit arrangements – I fully appreciate that, in the short term, there is no opportunity to play golf or bowls or to use the other club facilities but it is essential that the club maintains as much of its revenue stream as possible to better ensure that we are able to continue to function for when things return to normal. My expectation at the moment is that we have the finances to get
through to October so if matters return to normal in, say, three months we should be okay but if a return to normality extends out to four or five months then we would be under additional pressures and my goal is to minimise as much of this type of threat to the club as possible.
If members need the club’s bank account details in order to facilitate payment please contact me on 01487 823542
Similarly to help Stuart, if you have any accounts outstanding with the pro shop or want to take the opportunity to purchase that set of golf clubs that you have been promising yourself then I am sure that Stuart would be most appreciative. Stuart’s e-mail is email@example.com
I thank you in anticipation for your understanding. If you have any further questions please contact me, – but feel sure that most of you will appreciate there is little we can do to alleviate the situation I have outlined.
I look forward to contacting you in the not too distant future, hopefully with more positive news. In the meantime I wish you all safe passage through these choppy waters, stay safe.
TOGETHER WE WILL PREVAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club