Well, it’s been a busy week, starting to think about what we need to do when at last we are told that we can open the golf club again. Things will be very different in many aspects, so please be prepared to alter some of your routine at the Club, to ensure that you and everyone else stay safe.
Hopefully, England Golf will be contacting us soon with an opening date. They have released 5 documents in preparation, which outline the precautions we will need to put in place in order to safeguard the safety of our staff and members. They are under the headings of: -
• Business Support
• Preparing Your Facility
• Playing The Game
You can have a look at them all at: englandgolf.org/playsafe. Players may have to take different routes, to avoid bottlenecks; and members will have to sign in. Other issues which need to be addressed include: What if there is a restriction of numbers in the locker room? What happens if we need to change procedures overnight because something has happened that day? What happens if we need to extend the time between tee offs? It is evident from the documents from England Golf that the task is just enormous, and we are going to need some assistance. If you feel that you could help, particularly helping players when they arrive and throughout their time at the Club, then please let me have your name, email address and a contact telephone number, then we can devise the plan? Not knowing when we can start is a problem I realise, but we have already given the issue a lot of thinking time so we can get things cracking. Also, if you have any ideas on how we can implement all these procedures, then please let us know.
So sorry, that last week I mixed up my email address with my old work’s email address. I think that that was a reflex action. Apologies.
My email address really is: firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way, if you have heard a rumour that we are going to open the Club on the 11th May, I am sorry to disappoint you, but no-one from England Golf has told us that and unless we hear something different this week, it is unlikely to happen. If you look at the documents from them, you will clearly see that we won’t be able to just turn the key in the lock and open the door. We will update you with everything planned and proposed as details are confirmed. Be assured that we will be in operation as soon as we can, ensuring that we do not jeopardise anyone’s safety and well-being. We also understand that the Local Authority will have the responsibility of enforcing the rules laid down by the Government, and it will be vital for us to comply in order to avoid the risk of a return to lockdown. We will need to get everything in place and safe before we allow anyone onto the course. I know that its really tough not playing, but please be patient.
Thanks for your memories. Had a lovely email from Tony and Pauline Swindells. They have been walking each day and enjoying the countryside. Tony told the story of how his father came back from the catering corps during the war with a pound of butter, a real luxury. Unfortunately, by the time he got home, there was nothing left of it, as it had all melted into his kit. Tony had not seen him for six years. Those days were really tough, like now; but Tony remembers his father’s encouragement and support in everything he did. Lovely story Tony, thanks.
Also, would like to welcome Stuart Dick to the Club as a new member. Stuart has joined but not had the chance to play yet. Honest, Stuart it is worth the wait.
Please keep sending me your news, it is so good to hear from you and finding out what you are doing with your time. I cannot believe how inventive you all are. And also, how good you are at keeping in touch with each other. Dave and Jackie Gallimore had a lovely chat with Ralph Harrison this week from either end of the drive. Karen, unfortunately, couldn’t take part as she was playing bridge with her golf club group. How good is that?
I thought I would try and do something different for a change, so Mr Amazon bought me a skipping rope this week. Guess what ... Can’t skip! I’m sure I could as a child, but that was some time ago. My record is currently 12, so I have a way to go. I will build up slowly.
I wonder what Thursday 7th May will bring. Let’s hope that we can move forward or at least see some daylight. Keep your fingers crossed.
Finally, we are very sorry to hear of the death of Graham Turner. We send our love and best wishes to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
Keep safe my friends. Until next week.