As this has been the first newsletter since the festive period, (for those I have not already seen), the committee and I wish you a very Happy New Year.
We had a tremendously successful festive period at the club. We enjoyed a superb Christmas Lunch at the club, provided by our club caterers. The menu choices looked amazing, and the quality failed to disappoint too.
Once again on Christmas Eve, we hosted the Community Christmas Carols which was very well supported. Nick Jones, his bar staff and helpers rose to the occasion. The new till system proved to be a huge asset, that is now giving us exceptional management information on sales volumes and trends. The bar reports will continue to update on progress.
Boxing Day saw the return of the Morris Men dancing adjacent to the grindle. Lots of people and prospective members enjoyed the Club and our hospitality. Di Chilver and her helpers produced a colossal volume of bacon rolls. Huge thanks to them for their efforts. Again, the bar team cope admirably, selling out of mulled wine and real ales! It was fantastic to see some different guest ales appear.
New Year’s Eve came around all too quickly and was celebrated in style with a ‘white theme’ party. Lots of fun was had by all (evidence on Facebook). The old year was rung out and the new year in by the oldest and youngest guests respectively, thanks to Terry Breadman and Connie Cordle (We won’t mention ages).
2019 has got off to a flying start, some membership renewal payments are still being chased in and will soon be attracting late payment charges if not addressed. Graeme has done a tremendous job to date. Subs payments across the bar have been a revelation. This is now a fantastic opportunity for the more local members to make payment for anything and everything where we charge or invoice. We will no longer encourage cheque payments. Lee Foster has been working diligently in the background on web payments, and we now offer online payment to members at the point of booking.
Gareth Craze hosted his legendary quiz evening on the 12th January. It was a fun evening; however, it could have been better supported. We think that it was held too soon after the New Year, with members choosing to stay at home.
Burn’s Night (again, evidence on Facebook) was a brilliant evening, Jo and Jackie delivered a masterclass in Scottish Fayre and as ever, there was more than enough to eat and drink, which made the dancing interesting…..or was that just a lack of coordination? Vice Commodore David Abbott delivered the Selkirk grace, Jean Cater fiddled in the haggis which Rosie Kirkup then addressed. Simon Cordle delivered an amusing toast to the lassies to huge applause, which paved the way for Lucie Breadman to shout at us as we attempted to dance in a disorderly fashion. A huge thank you to Jill Hodgson who made the evening the success that it was!
You may have noticed over the last couple of weeks that the toilets and entrance hall have had a bit of a freshen up. A big thank you to Jill Hodgson for selecting finishes and coordinating the program of works.
Let’s look forward to coming events and future activity: On the 23rd Feb it’s the Gin tasting extravaganza ‘Gin Glorious Gin’. On 9th March, Robert Simper will be talking to us about barges and on the 16th March, Shotley SC is hosting the ‘quiz derby’ on the16th of March, so muster your teams and let’s go and win! There is a coach trip to Adnams in Southwold on the 6th of April - book now for a seat. Fitting out supper will soon be upon us, and is available for booking through the website. There is also the PMSC tour to the Southampton Boat Show in September - book early to get the best deal and avoid disappointment!
On the subject of sailing/boating, a sub committee has been formed to look at the feasibility of cadet/member training and the introduction of watercraft assets to the club. I would welcome your views on this and would encourage you to email me your ideas.
We are evaluating potential changes to the bar area; we are considering moving the ice machine and glass washer ‘bar side’, changing the sink and re-jigging the worktops.
I would encourage you to all complete online membership renewal forms (printed if need be). We need these to ensure that your contact details are up to date. Please ensure that we have a valid email address as this is our preferred method of contact.
I look forward to seeing you at the club in the very near future.
2018 reports and minutes