We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the reopening of the Club.
Firstly, our thanks to the volunteers who’ve cleaned, tended and stocked the bar, provided our first Sunday lunch opening with bacon butties and implemented the Covid guidelines so effectively.
Thanks also to those who’ve taken the opportunity to visit. We hope you’ve felt safe and found the changes don’t detract too much from the friendly environment you are used to at The Club.
For those who haven’t visited we want to reassure you that we are complying fully with Government regulations. This includes having undertaken a Risk Assessment, a one way system when you enter, signing in for Track and Trace, sanitisers, capacity restrictions, social distancing and wearing of face masks until seated. The App QR code is on display and we’d encourage all visitors to participate. It’s table service only with the rule of six being observed.
Please be assured that our re-opening and any subsequent activities we undertake are all being carried out only after consideration of the regulations, advice from The RYA and Local Authority and then taking in consideration the current local outbreak and case numbers across Suffolk and Babergh.
Eating and drinking is as safe (if not safer) than doing so in any pub or restaurant and while some may feel we are not a business that is essential, the Committee are conscious that we are reliant on Membership and are willing to do what we can for that Membership, noting that some live alone and view the Club as a much needed safe and familiar environment.
While use after the first week has been quite low, the Macmillan coffee morning and our first Sunday Bacon Butties was well attended and we have willing volunteers if Members do want to visit on Friday evenings or for a Sunday Snack monthly so we will continue for the time being. If you are happy to volunteer for a few hours we would welcome anyone who can serve drinks or food to guests, help out in the kitchen on a Sunday or behind the bar.
Many of our normal events continue to be impossible to hold within the Covid guidelines. Where we can safely do things, within the guideline parameters and if we have willing volunteers we will consider dependant of course on the appetite of Members to attend and the infection rates locally. Please rest assured that anything we do in the future will have been risk assessed, double checked with the authorities and administered in a Covid Secure way.
The first activity we've done was the Macmillan Coffee Morning, well attended, run safely and raising hundreds for charity. The next on the timetable will be The Laying Up Super on the 17th October which has been planned around all the rules and while it will be different, a superb meal will still be at the heart of it and Jill can answer any questions potential attendees have. Numbers are limited and if we don’t get 20 bookings we will cancel, so please book up now if interested.
Lastly we’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has visited for working with us and complying with the rules. Social distancing and staying seated hasn’t meant we can’t all see and talk to each other across the room or enjoy making use of our wonderful Club with the amazing views, even on a cold windy and wet day...
Following feedback from a number of members, the proposed changes to the club rules have been amended. The NEW version, can be viewed by clicking here
As with all good organisations, procedures and rules need to be kept up to date. It has become apparent that our Club Rules, while predominantly still fit for purpose do need to be amended to reflect some practical changes to the way we operate as well as considering our more diverse membership.
As you are aware, the club has been closed for regular activity and events since the start of lockdown. Thanks to the diligent work of our Covid-19 Sub-Committee, plans have been implemented that will enable a cautious re-opening of the bar from Friday 4th September, for a trial period of 4 weeks.
PMSC bar and club will be open on Friday nights, 19:00 - 22:00 and the 1st Sunday in the month, 12:00 - 15:00.
The bar will be run by volunteers, please be kind to them.
Please support the club by being a volunteer, because without them we can’t open.
You don’t have to have done it before; you won’t be left to run things without help.
We will only be accepting card payments, no cash to make the job of the volunteers easier. We also plan to have someone to “meet and greet”, to show members the one way system and explain out new system.
Following a thorough Covid risk assessment, the club layout is now very different, including a new entry door, a one way system and reduced seating capacity.
The protocol for attending the club can be found here. PMSC will do everything it can to keep visitors safe, but members and their guests are reminded that they are visiting the club at their own risk.
The October newsletter is available from the link below:
The Lucky Dip got as far as £400 before it was won.
Friday nights had brought a build up of excitement but also some speculation as to how far it should go. This was discussed at the June General Committee meeting and the decision was made that it should be capped at £500 which is a good sum of money to win. The draw will therefore continue each week until that £500 is won. However, the principle of a weekly contribution to the prize from the bar has to be maintained. Therefore, a second draw (in waiting) will receive the weekly bar contribution and when the £500 is won, the second draw will come into play at whatever figure it has then reached.
Good luck! and don't forget that you have to be in the Club on a Friday night at 9pm in order to have a chance to win.
The club is pleased to announce that we now have some wonderful PMSC mugs for sale, at the excellent price of just £6.00 each.
They are available for purchase from the clubhouse, so just pop in during opening hours.