It has been an extraordinary year due to the pandemic and it has also been some time since we were last in contact.
We have been working behind the scenes to ensure the survival of the Club and maintain the appearance ready for re-opening. We have applied for any available grants to ensure we have been able to cover the overheads we have incurred during the several lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, we do not think it will be financially viable to re-open for outside service only in April. It is our aim to be ready for opening inside and outside in May when we are allowed.
WE NOW NEED YOUR SUPPORT
When lockdown was implemented we had to destroy stocks on both occasions and were unable to recover the full cost of this stock. We now need to start planning to replace our depleted stock range. We also need to have enough funds in place to begin to pay our suppliers who suspended or deferred charges to the Club. Staff at the Club were also furloughed during this period but we were still liable to pay PAYE, NI and Pension contributions during this period.
Normally, at this time of year subscriptions fall due and we are now asking members who are able to pay, to renew their subscriptions for the coming year. Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or download the form (link at foot of post) and pay by cheque by posting through Club front door. Please do not use cash if possible.
We appreciate that last year members were unable to fully benefit from the facilities on offer and unfortunately, quite a number of members failed to renew their subscriptions before we had to close and during the period when we re-opened. We have had offers from members to pay both last years and this years subscriptions at the same time, which we are grateful for.
We understand that it has been a difficult year for many people both having to cope with reduced pay or actually losing their jobs and hope that circumstances will now change and it will begin to improve. We are asking that those members who were unable to pay last years subscriptions that if they are now in a position to be able to afford it, they pay both last year and this year subscriptions at the same time.
Members who joined from July 2020 onwards should contact our membership secretary, Steve Hewitson for further details.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to taking the first steps back to some sort of normality in May.
Here’s hoping we will be back in the Club soon and begin to enjoy ourselves as we have in the past.