Covid-19 News

Basingstoke Conservative Club Update

Dear Members

As you may be aware, we are coming out of lockdown soon and the Club will be back open for business at lunch time on the 2nd of December.

Basingstoke has been designated a Tier 2 (High Risk). This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

What does this mean for members?

  • hands – frequently wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • face – wear a face covering (unless except) when entering the club and when moving around, facemasks can be removed when seated.
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people if queuing outside, or in the hunter room to put money on your card, seating is already arranged to be socially distant.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your household support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place, such as the club.
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.
  • pubs clubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues such as the club can only serve alcohol with substantial meals (if you are not eating a meal the bar staff cannot sell you alcohol)
  • Please try to book for dining directly with Yannis if possible. 01256 364646
  • You cannot buy food or alcohol from the bar or food servery we will provide table service only, please be patient and indicate when you need serving.
  • If you have a question about seating, please speak to the duty bar person, this is to provide a consistent approach, as they are responsible for the day to day running of the club. (please do not ask committee members)
  • The club will stop taking alcohol or food orders at 10pm, please do not ask for an order to be taken after this time.
  • The club will close and lock the door at 11pm all members must vacate before that time.
  • Please remember to turn over your table clean indicator to red when finished at the table, so the staff can clean the table.
  • Smoking is only acceptable in the shelter at the front of the building at present, please do not use the back garden or the conservatory rear exit.
  • Whilst the rules now allow us to have indoor live performances, (singers) this would need to be at 50% of our capacity and would make this we believe economically unviable; ( we will keep this under review) however, we can provide just music.

 

It’s unfortunate that we have to implement these restrictions, but please be patient with the bar and food staff they are doing their best in a bad situation, members not complying will not be served and reported to the committee. The application of restrictions is being policed by the local authorities and failure to comply could end in a fine.

 

Other News

 

Both the Ladies and Gents toilets are undergoing a total refurbishment during the lockdown period , we are fortunate that the committee has secured a payment from the Brewery for upgrading works such as these, this ensures the cost to the club was minimal. One of the new members of our committee Mark Dorn and our Bar Steward Ian have given their time to manage this and do a lot of the work, keeping the costs down. Myself and my wife Carole (another committee member) have been utilised as labourers / go-for’s, lots of trips to the DIY store.

 

Carole and your Club Secretary Maureen have been breaking out the Christmas decorations, whilst we can have some decorations under COVID rules they need to be largely out of reach as its impossible to clean them. However, they will do what they can to get us into the spirt.

 

2021 Subscriptions.

You are reminded that the subscriptions become due on the 1st Nov 2020 and should normally be paid by the end of December, however in view of the resent lockdown in Nov members were unable to pay their subscription so the committee have decided to extend the payment date until the 31st January 2021.

Failure to renew your membership by the due date will result in your membership becoming lapsed, late renewals will incur a re-joining fee.

Reminder: under rule 16 -Any member not having renewed will not be permitted to use the facilities of the club- even as a guest- for a period of six months.

 

Monday opening

Due to lack of trade on a Monday and the cost of suppling extra bar staff for table service every day, the committee have decided to close the club on Mondays until further notice. We may be forced to consider reviewing the viability of other days of the week once we are open if we have little or no trade in the coming weeks.

 

Unfortunately, as per the COVID rules outlined above, and the uncertainty as to if we would be open on this year during the holidays, we will not be able to have Christmas / New Year events as per normal. However, Yannis will be doing a special meal deal Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, meals will need to be paid for in advance as Yannis will need to order food.

If you are intending to take advantage of one or all of these offers a flyer will be circulated with more details shortly.

 

Due to a shortage of trained committee members, at present Bingo will not take place on Saturday nights, this will be reviewed in the New Year. Unless a member wishes to volunteer to assist in this.

 

Non-Members

The committee has received a lot of requests from members to allow their relatives (non-members) into the club. The committee did debate this and agreed under the then COVID rules it would be acceptable, especially in the run up to Christmas (except Friday nights, as we are near to capacity). I have looked at the guidance from the Association of Conservative Clubs of which we are a member and the allowing of non-members is permitted, provided a robust system of tracking and tracing is in place, Ian has devised a system that has been agreed by the committee. However, under the tier 2 non-member will need to be part of the same household. Therefore, Non-Members of the same household will be allowed in the Club from the 2nd Dec except Friday nights and special dates, which will be notified.

 

 

Andrew

Chairman