Yesterday we took the opportunity to hold our AGM, normally held in April but which had been delayed by pandemic restrictions. 36 people attended, including Board members and our club President, with a few members sending in proxy votes.
The main business of the AGM was to present the financial position, agree the subscriptions to be charged for 2021-22 and re-elect Board and Joint Management Committee.
The financial report and subscription proposal had previously been emailed to members. Both of these were accepted by the meeting. There was some discussion of the proposed discount of annual subscriptions and whether it was prudent because of the reduced income to the club. Although the current cash position would still be positive, it would not provide the usual contribution to future capital expenditure. Some members indicated that they would voluntarily pay the full non-discounted amount in order to support the club through this difficult period.
All the members being proposed for Directors and Officers were voted in. Due to the retirement of long-standing Director Sylvia Wrightson, there was a vacancy for a Director to take over catering liaison and the Chairman appealed for people to come forward to take on this role. Applications should be made to Company Secretary Marie Leonard.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Palmerston. If you have time to help in any capacity, not just as a Director, and especially if you have some expertise that we could use, please get in touch.
Sylvia was presented by the Chairman with an engraved plaque as a mark of gratitude for her outstanding service to the club. In addition there were similar mementoes to two other members who had served the club over 24 years in a variety of roles. These members were not able to attend but would be presented later.
The President Shirley Hunt gave details of her charity and appealed for members to support this through her extended year of office to April 2022. She also encouraged all members to put their names down for Friendly Matches on Sundays - all bowling standards welcome, beginner or experienced.
Looking ahead, we hope that we can enjoy a full season in 2021-22 without interruption.
Relaxation of Covid restrictions - 19th July
On Monday Boris Johnson announced the end of almost all Covid-19 legal restrictions on 19th July. This came with a strong warning that the pandemic is not over, Covid is still rife and the responsibility now falls on individuals and businesses to continue to minimise risks.
The latest Government guidance says: "Although most legal restrictions will be lifted, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK. COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others."
Whilst we want to return as far as possible to what we think of as normal, the safety of members and visitors is our priority. We must bear in mind that in winter it is expected that flu will also reappear along with Covid, therefore even though we expect members to be fully vaccinated, some precautions will still be necessary. Ventilation is a major consideration and Government advice is to continue to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces.
From Monday 19th July :
- If you have a suitable phone, you are encouraged to continue to use the NHS Covid-19 app on entry, but we will not be recording names on a list.
- You will need to use your member card to unlock the entry door which will not be held open.
- The rope barriers and floor signage will be removed.
- You may change in the locker rooms, no need to change at the side of the rinks.
- As at present, all payments will continue to use your member card (except in the restaurant). No cash accepted except for topping up (debit/credit card preferred).
- All 8 rinks will be in use. One exception is when fours are played we will revert to using only 6 rinks leaving rinks 3 and 6 unused (this is to limit the numbers of people consistent with ventilation capacity)
- 5 sessions per day with timings as pre-pandemic. i.e. starting at 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm, 6:15pm. It is not intended to have an 8:15pm session but some of these could be reinstated later if there is sufficient demand. (In the Summer we use only the first 2 sessions and we are closed on Saturdays).
- Pre-booking bowling or restaurant is not necessary (except Sunday lunch must be booked). You can just turn up to bowl or have lunch.
- Existing sanitisers will be retained - including the automatic dispensers and the ones on the rink tables. The use of mat and jack can return to normal but you are encouraged to make use of sanitiser to clean them as frequently as you wish.
- The perspex screens at reception and at the bar will be retained.
- Normal bar service will return.
- Members are free to move around as they wish without the need to use a mask except as follows:
- Everyone should wear a mask in the locker rooms. (This is because this area gets congested and has limited ventilation.) The doors will be kept open.
- Use a mask when there are a lot of people in the bar area, for example just before the start of bowling sessions.
We are relying on everyone to act responsibly. The most important points are:
- Continue to use masks to protect each other whenever it is necessary. You could be carrying Covid-19 without realising it.
- If you have any symptoms of flu or Covid you should stay at home and not risk passing it on at Palmerston. Ideally phone your playing partners to let them know - but don't come in.
Board of Directors
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