Our President will be enjoying her Winter Cruise on our original planned AGM Date.

Your Committee believe that the AGM should be held when the President can take the Chair; therefore the new AGM date is Saturday 9th February, 2.30 at the John de Bohun Room, The Woodlands Centre, Rustington.

This date is 9 days after the Constitution deadline of 1st February – any member objecting to the delay should make their objection, in writing, to the Secretary, no later than 30th November 2018.

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Coffee Morning – Arun View 10.30 Wednesday 5th December

Skittles – Maypole  Inn, Yapton  11.45 Wednesday 16th January

AGM – Saturday 9th February 2.30 Woodlands Centre;

Skittles -Maypole  Inn, Yapton  11.45 Wednesday 20th February

Dates for March available at the AGM but provisional 2019 season start is Saturday 20th April, Centenary Cup Sunday 23rd June, Chairman v President Fun Match pm Sunday 11th August.   Fixture List available March 2019.

 

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On Monday 24th September Lawns 1 & 2 are available to the Groundsman for reseeding, scarification and the addition of a little topsoil.   While work may be delayed by a day or two these lawns will be treated that week.    Thus Lawns 1 & 2 will be out of use until April 2019.

Competitions and matches completed on 24th September but Lawns 3, 4 & 5 remain in use and the Lawn timetable continued to be valid until the end of October.  Official roll-ups ended on 31st October but members may make own arrangements to play until 31st December; however to rest the lawns, it is unlikely that any play will be possible in 2019 until the official reopening of the 2019 season provisionally set for Saturday 20th April 10am, [weather dependent].

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The new gas supply was connected on Tuesday 28th August which completed the huge project to build us a new clubhouse.  We owe a huge vote of thanks to our small but incredibly hard working Project Team. You know who they are, do congratulate them.  The old building is demolished and has been re-cycled to Lyme Regis area!!

And even more great news – a super Solar Powered electrical system was commissioned at the end of October.

It will take some time to settle down into a new routine for use of our much improved facilities and proposals will be made at the AGM to change the systems for roll-up teas, match teas and cleaning routines; watch this space!  Meanwhile please try to keep the clubhouse clean – cleaning materials, brushes etc. in the toilet.  Any ideas to improve the way we use our clubhouse are always welcome but please feed your proposals through a committee member.     If it involves additional work please include your suggestions as to who might undertake the work and indicate whether you would be prepared to lead a team.

A formal opening Charity Event is planned on Sunday 5th May.

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Please Note: - One Month ‘Taster Membership’ now costs £25 but is deductible from a new member’s annual subscription if they subsequently decide to join us.

 

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We have received complaints about cars parking by the green gates, thus forcing oncoming traffic into the ‘right turn’ chevron area.   If parked while opening or closing the green gates please put your hazard lights on.  Do not queue behind other vehicles while waiting for the gates to be opened; if necessary drive away and return a few minutes later. This is important since further complaints could lead the Highway Authority to question our continued use of the Green Gates and thus ability to park at the lawns.  Ideally, enter from the Sportsman roundabout direction when arriving since this would be safer and would avoid crossing the chevrons.

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The Club Bank Accounts are now ‘on-line’ and the option to make payments to, and receive payments from, the Treasurer via BACS electronic transfer is available.  This method is strongly encouraged to save time and effort for the Treasurer.  Bank details will not be sent out electronically but can be obtained by ringing any committee member.  Once first set-up on your own system, further payments are simple, fast and secure.

However:- It is essential that you use the electronic money transfer ’Reference’ box to identify your payment; use your surname and a single word clue as to what the payment is for.  So the Chairman paying for his Quiz Night ticket would use the Reference ‘SHERWIN QUIZ’.    Simple – but if you don’t use a meaningful reference we get the money but you fail to get the credit!

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Emergency Service SatNav takes them to the main gate so there is no requirement to practice opening the Green Gate height barrier.  The Main Gate security has been enhanced by providing shielded padlock arrangements, similar to the Green Gate.

   The numbers to open these gates are displayed in the clubhouse outside the toilet door.

So, if unlucky enough to call an ambulance to the lawns, as a matter of priority a member MUST go to the Main Gate and unlock it. The crew will have to help push it open unless we can send over a strong team.  If there is a spare person available send them to our Green Gate to redirect the ambulance in the unlikely event that it turns up at the Berry Lane Gate.  The Priority must be to unlock the Main Sportsfield Gate.

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