I hope that you are all safe and keeping happy. The first three weeks of lockdown focused on: have we got enough food, have we got enough loo roll! This three weeks feels a lot different and is aimed much more directly at what are we doing to get ready for our return to ‘normality’?
So, lots of information this week, and I would be grateful if you could please pass it on to other members who may not have access to it.
The particularly good news is that members can be confident that there are more than enough funds to see the Club through until the end of the financial year, which is August 31st, 2020. This will be the case even if we are in lockdown until then and we have no income coming in. Let’s hope that we are back before then. If we aren’t, then contingency plans are constantly being updated to ensure financial stability until the end of the calendar year and beyond. As you can imagine, the situation is constantly changing. Further detail of the Club’s Financial Statement can be found in the Members’ Section of the Club website.
I received the go ahead from all those involved with the Captaincies and Presidencies at 9pm last night, so I hope that you have now received the confirmed notification. Many thanks to all of the honorary members who have agreed to carry over their offices until the end of 2021. Their competitions will also be transferred to next year and will not take place in this current year. We will try and organise an alternative event to celebrate their roles, but I don’t know what that is going to be yet.
Going along with that, I hope that you received the message from Mike Barker this week on the newsletter, relating to the cancellation of the Honours Board competitions, and the ongoing competitions. This could give us the opportunity to do something quite special and innovative, so if you have any ideas, then please let me know on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf is going to be very different, just like the World, and we need to be ready for the start. We will follow the guidelines of England Golf and safety will be at the forefront of everything. Experience learned from others is extremely valuable, and as Denmark is opening its courses, a manager of one course has produced an article on what happened when they opened the doors. He called it a massive surge of golfers. The author suggested that clubs should expect every club member to want to play in the first three days of opening. That could be a bit of a problem. So, plans are being devised for our club to be ready for the onslaught, as well as being fair to every member. I will ensure that everyone knows what those plans will be. I have to get you reading the blog somehow. As soon as we have the organisation in place, I will let you know.
I will also be able to give you a timetable of what facilities are going to be available, when. If the course is open, it is likely that the Clubhouse will not be available until a bit later. I will be putting together a plan, with no dates, but under the headings of Day 1, Week 1, Week 2 etc, so that when we get the go ahead, we can just slot everything in. Once again, I will get back to you with details.
I suppose that what I am saying is that your Board is on the case and doing everything it can to be ready. It is a bit like herding cats though as things change so rapidly.
Your Board are now meeting regularly on Zoom. Our Compliance Director is delighted that the government are following us and having their meetings on Zoom too. It is so good to be in the vanguard! And, he also sent a message out this week with an emoji!! Dave, you are getting too technological.
Todays blog has been very different, but I have to tell you this before I go. I did the scariest thing ever last weekend…… I let my husband cut my hair!! A sentence I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would ever write! However, I still have two ears and two eyebrows, so I think that you would call it a result. I may have a slight list to starboard, but I can live with that.
Take care all you lovely people and look after each other, and one more thing: each day do one thing you need to do, and also do one thing that you want to do (following the government guidelines!).
Until next week.