[Updated on 10 July]

The new clubhouse is built and it looks magnificent in its new coat of ‘LCQC Green’.  Heavy duty floor covering is in place and a new kitchen is installed.   Robyn Clark will be asking for volunteers to apply a second coat of paint; please help if you can.   The water pipe to Berry Lane is complete and the septic tank facility is well advanced.

Internal plumbing has to be commissioned but we are very hopeful that we will be fully installed in our new home in time for the Centenary Cup on 29th July.

Therefore the old clubhouse is still in use.   The Gas system will remain in the old clubhouse until shortly before we move into the new, allowing tea/coffee facilities to be retained for all but a week or so.

We plan to hold an informal ‘Members Opening Event’ when we move in but there will still be work ‘in-hand’, for example installing the solar panels and low voltage electrical system, mallet racks and generally making ourselves ‘at-home’.   Therefore an Official ‘Grand Opening’ is planned for the beginning of the 2019 season.

We are required by Arun District Council to demolish our old clubhouse within a specific period following occupation of the new building.   Therefore, please note, it will NOT be possible to use both; we will not occupy the new until it is fully functional.  While it was disappointing not to be able to open 2018 in a super new clubhouse, we need to accept short-term pain for what we hope will be long-term gain

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  Our New Clubhouse received £2000 from the Trust to provide solar lighting for the new clubhouse. www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

 

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Chrissie Merrington is always keen to build a list of additional players for Friendly Matches.   If you have not volunteered, speak to Chrissie, although the teams are selected for the remainder of the season, we often need a substitute and new volunteers will be given priority.   All you need is a signed Handicap Card and some form of white or near white clothing.   Give it a go!!

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We normally play Golf Croquet but a small group now play Association Croquet on Wednesday Mornings starting at 10am.    They will always welcome any member who would like to try out AC and it has been proved that even a small amount of AC hugely improves your GC game.   Just one earnest request; if you want a try out AC do please arrive at 10 promptly – this allows the AC players to organise themselves to include you and not require them to abandon their games mid morning to instruct you.

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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.

In the next couple of weeks we will be welcoming a number of prospective new members.   When trial new members are at the lawns we always give them priority use of one lawn and ask all members to make them feel welcome.   We need new members and, when the new clubhouse is opened, we have the facilities to support a 20% increase in membership.

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View  the Weekly Lawn Diary under the Club Information Tab [top right Tab]

NOTE:  Singles played after tea on Thursdays but you are welcome to start doubles at 1.30.

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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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