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3 days ago
I am pleased to announce that the Club will re-open on Monday 17th May (subject to the Governments plans staying on schedule).
The opening hours will be:
Monday 19:00 - 23:00 * (NO BINGO)
Tuesday 19:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 19:00 - 23:00
Thursday 19:00 - 23:00
Friday 19:00 - 23:30
Saturday 11:30 - 23:00
Sunday 11:30 - 22:00 *
* Please Note: Monday and Sunday opening hours will be extended for a month on a trial basis.
We are expecting some (if not all) Social Distancing rules to remain in place prior to the lock down. More detail will be provided nearer the time.
The Committee will work hard over the next few weeks to ensure the Club is ready for re-opening, we have to service/recommission all the equipment, perform a deep clean, and re-stock (just about everything).
We're really looking forward to welcoming you all back. I hope to update you all with further details nearer to the opening time. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
Join us in remembering Arnold Ridley, the only member of the original Dad’s Army cast to have served in both world wars – as well as signing up for the Home Guard.
Arnold endured horrific hand to hand combat in the trenches at the Somme in 1916.
After being accepted into the Somerset Light Infantry, he was posted to France and within days of arriving was hit by shrapnel and shot through the thigh. He returned to the front from convalescence only to be sent over the top twice during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The first time was at Delville Wood, where many of his comrades fell. During a second attack at Gueudecourt, now as a Lance Corporal, Arnold’s battalion took even more devastating losses from machine gun fire.
When the survivors reached the German trenches, they pushed back the enemy troops with bayonets and bombs, before Arnold was knocked to the ground by a rifle blow to the head. A German soldier lunged with a bayonet, but Arnold survived by deflecting the blade into his groin instead of his stomach. The next blow pierced his left hand and wrist. Arnold came round in a field hospital. It took 15 ops to save his hand and he was invalided back home.
Arnold volunteered for the Intelligence Corps in WW2, making films in France. After being discharged on medical grounds, he joined the Home Guard, before touring bases, entertaining the troops. While he described the First World War in detail in his unpublished autobiography, Arnold could not write about the Second World War. He said: “To recount events, I would have to relive them. I am too afraid.” He suffered horrific nightmares and regularly woke drenched in sweat. He was terrified he would black out on stage but was such a brave man and kept acting when he could – bringing joy to millions in his role as Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army.
Arnold passed away, aged 88, in March 1984. ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
The Officers, Committee and Staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As you are aware we are in a Tier 3 area, and the Club will remain closed for the festive season, but if everyone follows the rules we will be back open in the New Year when it's deemed safe to do so.
Regarding membership renewals, this year the Management Committee have decided its only fair that we extend your memberships for next year free of charge. You will not be issued new stickers for your cards this year, but they will be valid and enabled for 2021.
We are looking at possibly providing a fundraising page for the Club over the next few days, and we'd like to ask you all to make a small donation to Club funds if you are able to. Perhaps something similar to what you would pay for your membership, but any donation would be greatly received. The Club needs your on-going support during these difficult times.
We look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year.
Best Wishes and Stay Safe Everyone,
Officers, Staff and Committee. ... See MoreSee Less
Merry Christmas to you all. Let's hope we can be back in early 2021. My girls miss Ann so much and I'm really missing my prosecco nights with my girlfriends. We would love to contribute to next years fee's x
Happy Christmas to you all xx
Merry Christmas! Hopefully see you again sometime in 2021 ❤️
Merry Christmas everyone 🎅🏼🎄🎁🛷❄️☃️ xx
Happy to donate. Merry Christmas to you all xxxx
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all
Can I ask if you’re asking for funds to financially support the club?
Happy Christmas to all, and stay safe 👍
5 months ago
The Committee would like to thank all our members for their continued support of the Club.
In-line with government guidelines we are now closed until the 2nd of December at the earliest.
We look forward to welcoming you back, just as soon as we can. Stay safe and look after each other. ... See MoreSee Less
Stay safe everyone. Keep prosecco on ice x
Do you know when your accepting new members?
6 months ago
We've had a couple of requests for the Club to open longer on Sunday evenings when football matches start at 16:30. Therefore for a trial period we will be open until 19:00, last orders will be 18:30. We shall review this periodically.
These are next three weeks (All kick offs at 16:30):
Sunday 18th - Tottenham v West Ham
Sunday 25th - Wolves v Newcastle
Sunday 1st - Man U v Arsenal
Don't forget we have all Sky Sports at the Club, and three televisions, so we can show a mixture. Just ask when you come in.
All Social Distancing rules apply, and as such the downstairs lounge will be open if necessary. ... See MoreSee Less
The Committee have further considered the recent Government announcement and received further clarification. So from Thursday 24th September the following now applies:
The Club has to close by 22:00 (10:00PM). Last Orders will be 21:30.
Members and their Guests must wear a face covering (mask) whilst moving around the Club premises, and can remove it only when seated at their table.
You will NOT be allowed to approach the bar for service. You will be served at the table. You must still follow the one-way system.
Please sign in on the track and trace register provided on every visit.
From Thursday, this will be the LAW.
We all really need you to support the Club right now.
Since we re-opened we have had Covid-Secure measures in place. We have plenty of hand sanitisers, a one-way system, and socially distanced tables.
Please continue to use the Club as much as you can, we'd love to see you. ... See MoreSee Less
The local authorities are now randomly visiting pubs & clubs to ensure they are following the guidelines on social distancing & hygiene procedures.
Any venue found to be in breach of the rules can be either fined, shut down or both.
The majority of our members and guests have been safely following the guidelines, but one or two people have not adhered to them.
It is imperative, that when visiting the club YOU MUST:
1. Follow the one way system.
2. No Standing.
3. Remain seated unless you are going to the bar, toilet or smoking area. DO NOT wander from table to table.
4. Strictly no dancing anywhere in the club, even at your table.
5. Wash your hands after going to the toilet.
6. Use the hand sanitisers regularly.
Anyone not adhering to these rules may be asked to leave the club.
Please, please follow these guidelines and keep the club safe from the virus and the local authority. ... See MoreSee Less
8 months ago
Good evening everyone.
The Committee have been monitoring the usage of the club since we re-opened from the lockdown.
There are some clear times that it is not beneficial for us to open, with takings not even covering staff wages.
The Committee have had to make a difficult decision, and therefore from Monday 17th August (inclusive) the club will open as per these revised opening times:
Bank Holiday Monday (31st August) the club will be open 11:30-18:00.
We thank you for your continued support, and hope you understand why we’ve had to make this decision. We will continue to monitor the situation and will review as needed.
Please come and visit the Club if you are able, we’d love to see you, we have all necessary Covid measures in place.
Management Committee ... See MoreSee Less
Use the club or loose it.
Fiona you and Bob up for a drink Friday?
I’m pleased to announce we now have a replacement card machine. Contactless payments are now preferred and recommended for everyone.
Please remember when visiting the club to social distance and follow all the signage around the one way system.
You must also add your name and contact telephone number to the register by the door on a daily basis.
Thanks for your understanding, as without these measures in place we would not be allowed to open. ... See MoreSee Less
See you on Saturday 🍺👍
Just an update on card payments, the new card machine will be here tomorrow. So It'll be cash only again this evening. Sorry for the extended delay, it is outside of our control. ... See MoreSee Less
Hello all, due to an unforeseen technical issue with the card machine, it will have to be cash only tonight.
We have a mechanism in place that only sanitised coins are given as change.
You will be asked to place your money in a tray, where is it will be counted and stored for cleansing.
Apologies for the inconvenience, but this is out of our control. ... See MoreSee Less
Hope that this is not new way of money laundering...
Further update to the operating procedure for the club.
ALL members will be required to print their name and telephone number legibly on the daily signing in sheet provided near the inner entrance door (same table as the guest signing in book). This is a requirement for the NHS track and trace service. It must be completed every time you visit the club.
Remember your access cards, you will not be let in if you ring the bell. All staff have been instructed to follow this procedure.
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
We open at 7:00pm on Monday 6th July. ... See MoreSee Less