October  2022 Members Newsletter

Dear Members,

We hope our Autumn Newsletter finds you well. Please find below some important updates about your club.


Club Catering

Our new resident Chef, Simon has been catering for five weeks now, providing us with Sunday roasts and Tuesday lunchtime meals. From Friday 21 October he will also be providing basket meals between 5pm & 8:30 every Friday evening. Feedback received from members who have taken advantage of our new members restaurant has been very positive so please support Simon when you can as he’s trying hard to provide our members with great food. To reserve a table for Sunday lunch, priced at £9.95, contact Simon on 07999 885259 or email simongray30@gmail.com.
 

The menus for our members Pre-Christmas meal on Thursday evening 8 December and the members Christmas Day lunch are now displayed in the club. Details are also on the website and on our facebook page. To reserve your table please book for either event direct with Simon. Both events are designed to enable members to dine with us, guests will be welcome, however, because places are limited, Simon will not be able to accept large numbers of non-members within your party.  Please gather the meal choices of your party as Simon will need these, along with a £10 per head deposit and the membership numbers of any members you are booking in. This will ensure you are sat together.

Simon will also be serving basket meals on New  year's eve between 6pm and 9pm.


BT TV

BT sport have once again raised their prices, from November the cost increases to £4959 per annum, this equates to 26% of your annual subscription, or the membership fees of 198 members. This has been discussed at length by the committee at 3 separate meetings, and by unanimous decision, we have decided not to renew our contract, and BT sport will finish on the 31/10/22. We know this decision may not please everyone, but we hope that you will understand that this was a huge cost to the club at a time when we need to be cautious with expenditure.

 We will be showing all games from this year's world cup, and should England progress, we will make arrangements to facilitate the televised football games and the Saturday night live acts where there is a clash. We are planning to install a TV in the snooker room where games will be shown with the sound on for members to enjoy.  The games will also be showing in the bar without sound, we ask that members watching the game in the bar area respect the live act and those who are enjoying the entertainment.
 

Christmas Opening Hours

24 Dec -   Normal hours (live act)

25 Dec -  11:30 - 3pm ( Christmas Day lunch served at 1pm )

26 Dec - Closed

27 Dec - 11 -3pm

28 Dec - 30 Dec - Normal hours

31 Dec 11am - 1am - (New years eve)

1 Jan - Closed

2 Jan - Closed

3 Jan - Normal hours
 

Upcoming  Events November & December

13 Nov – Remembrance Sunday Cream Tea

19 Nov - Christmas Fair

30 Nov - Police choir

1 Dec – Thursday Christmas Bingo

4 Dec – Sunday Christmas Bingo

8 Dec - Pre-Christmas dinner

11 Dec - Trip to Cadbury garden centre

16 Dec - Christmas meat draw

18 Dec - Grand Christmas draw

21 Dec - Christmas Quiz Night
 

New Years Eve

We are pleased to announce the details of our New Year’s Eve Celebration for 2022! Live entertainment will be provided by both Toby Graham and Nick who will be treating us to a mix of live entertainment and Disco Party favourites between 8pm and 12:45am. Simon will also be serving basket meals between 6pm and 9pm.

Please note, to allow as many members as possible to enjoy the evening, the event will NOT be ticketed. All members will be permitted to sign in ONE guest only. The entrance door will be manned until 10pm after which the door entry system will be switched off and there will be no further admittance to the club.

Members will need to arrive at the same time as their guest, produce their membership card and sign their guest in. Your membership number will be recorded. The doors will be closed at 10pm latest, or as soon as we reach full capacity in the club. These rules will be strictly enforced to ensure as many members can enjoy the evening as possible.
 

New Member Offer – Until end of October!

Don’t forget to tell your friends to take advantage of our early bird 2023 club membership offer which will allow them access to the club and all of our facilities and entertainment for the festive season of November & December 2022 for FREE! It's just £35 per person to join for the year, that's just 67p a week!

If you know someone who may be interested in becoming a member of our popular club and would like to come and have a look around — please call the office staff who are available on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday and they will make arrangements for them to visit.

Don't delay - make sure they sign up in October as we have a great range of festive events and entertainment lined up for November & December that they won't want to miss!
 

Food & Drink

Bringing your own food, snacks or drinks into the club is strictly prohibited. We are a private members club and we sell drinks and snacks at very competitive prices.  The club relies on this income to remain viable, and to continue to offer a full range of services to our members. 
 

2023 Membership

Don't forget that you can renew your membership for 2023 from 01/12/2022. Forms are available on the bar. Hand in your completed form to the bar staff, along with payment (cash or cheque) in an envelope marked 'renewal' along with your name and membership number. Card payment can be made over the bar. To continue using the club and the car park, you must renew by 14/01/23.
 

Committee Members

We are pleased to welcome three new members to the committee, Mary Thomas - Members Wellbeing, Nigel Mills - Club Maintenance (with Vernon) and Jackie Smith - Social events.

We are still hoping that more members will join us on the committee. If you have been a member for a year and are interested, please contact smbcc@marychurchconservative.com, and we will arrange to have a chat with you.


Other Items
 

Gaming machines update - The gaming machines can now be used by anybody using the club legitimately, a member, a registered guest of a member or an affiliated member.
 

Smoking area - This is situated on the top level of the outside beer garden. There are two tables and chairs and two ashtrays provided. Please use them. Smoking just outside the rear door or on the walkway is not allowed, as smoke blows back into the building.

Summer dress rules - have now ended and shorts should not be worn on the premises.
 

Social Media & Website

Don’t forget if you are not able to visit the club regularly, you can find all the information about upcoming events and entertainment as well as menus for our new restaurant on our Facebook Page or on our Website here.
 

We hope to see many of you throughout the coming weeks and months to enjoy the festive season with your friends and all that the club has to offer.
 

Kind regards

The Committee

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August 2022 Members Newsletter

 

Dear Members, 

 

We hope you are well. Please find below the latest news from St Marychurch and Babbacombe Conservative club.

 

 

Some good news, the extended, outside seating area is now open for members to use. We will be doing further work to make the area more attractive over the coming weeks. Peggy, our gardener will be planting some new troughs and tubs and hopefully the sun will keep shining so that you can enjoy it. It’s a pity that it took so long to gain the necessary planning approvals, otherwise we might have completed these works earlier in the summer, however, it is now complete and we hope that members will find it a pleasant outdoor garden space to use for many years to come.

 

Smoking/Vaping: As part of the changes to the garden we now have a designated smoking/vaping area, and this will be the only area where smoking/vaping will be permitted on the club premises. Smoking/vaping will no longer be permitted directly outside the external garden doors or at garden tables. The smoking/vaping area will be clearly signposted and will be situated away from any external doors to the building so that smoke cannot blow inside.

 

Summer Fair: The summer fair this year will be on Saturday 27 August from 11am until 4pm. All of the proceeds will be shared between our three charities; Devon Air Ambulance, Rowcroft and THHN. The club will be open to non members so please bring along your friends and family to enjoy the day. As well as the many craft stalls coming along on the day, the club are operating 5 stalls and a BBQ so if you can spare any time to help on the day please speak to Debbie or Josie who will be glad of your support. Members please note; to allow us to operate safely the CLUB CAR PARK will be CLOSED to vehicles between 8am and 5pm.

 

Club Dress Code: There have been no changes to the summer dress code, all members are required to wear an appropriate shirt whilst on the premises including the garden.

 

Bingo: Is now on twice a week; Thursday evening eyes down at 19:30 and Sunday eyes down at 20:00. 

 

Temporary membership: Forms are now available to download HERE or at the bar. Temporary membership lasts for seven days and costs £5, full details are provided on the form.

 

Bar:  We have two new beers at the club, Otter Ale and Otter Head (this is a strong one 5.8%) and Wildsider a 4.8% medium dry cider brewed by Aspalls, the oldest cider maker in Devon. Let us know what you think! 

 

 

Staff update: Cassie has now left us, but she will be back to do a few shifts to help us over the next few weeks. We are pleased to welcome Jane to our bar team, please be patient with her as she settles into the position.

 

Restaurant: Many of you will be pleased to hear that we have selected a new caterer to manage the club restaurant for us. Simon Gray is looking forward to meeting our members and will initially begin by providing lunches on Tuesdays and Sundays from Tuesday 13 September. Simon’s menu will be advertised soon, both in the club and on our website for you to browse. We would like to thank Craig and Ann for providing Tuesday lunches for us throughout the summer, It was very much appreciated.

 

Blue Club Rules Book: This has now been updated as per the SGM on 28th June 2022. A copy can be found here for you to browse online and a paper copy is kept behind the bar. Please ask if you would like to read it whilst in the club.

 

Live acts: Don’t forget, you can find all of our live acts from September through to December on our website in the What’s On? section so you can make a note of your club favourites in your diaries and we’ve also included below for your info!

 

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon,

Kind regards,

 

The Committee

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Member Newsletter 8 July 2022

Dear Members

Please find below the latest news from St Marychurch and Babbacombe Conservative club.

Our chairman, Barry Cocker has decided to retire from the committee with immediate effect. Barry has given the club 14 years of loyal service on the committee with three years as chairman. He helped to guide the club through the very challenging period of Covid 19, while bringing the club back to normality.

We would like to express our gratitude to Barry for his many hours of hard work and commitment to the club.

The committee have voted for Colin Stubbs to take over the chairpersons responsibility until the next AGM  and wish to thank Barry for the guidance and support he has offered to Colin.

 

Honorarium. A question was asked at the SGM about why we are changing the club treasurer role to that of a  paid employee. This brings the position in line with the club secretary. An honorarium is a token payment made to an individual for voluntary services they perform. The person has no guarantee of payment or employment rights and we have no real control over the hours or times they work, as we are not their employer.

As our club has grown and new legislation is introduced by government, it has become clear that we need it to be run on a professional basis. Changing from an honorarium to employee status gives our staff proper employment rights and protection in law. Our treasurer and secretary now work a combined total of 20 hours per week. This means that they can be flexible between the two positions, depending on their workloads.

As members of staff they do not have any voting rights at meetings, but will receive the same staff privilege package as the rest of our employees: a loyalty card, that allows them access to visit the club when off duty, reduced prices at the bar, the right to participate in any raffles or draws and any other event/activities.

 

Temporary membership. A member has asked how the temporary membership scheme works and we now realise that this is not written down anywhere nor is it widely known about.  Please find below;

A member wishing to bring guests into the club can purchase them a temporary membership card. This will cost £5 and will allow them to use the club (accompanied by the member at all times) for a given seven day period. Forms will be available from the website soon and also the bar.  Completed forms should be handed in at the bar. Further details will be on the form.
 

Cheque cashing. Just to clarify, we no longer take payment by cheque at the bar nor do we have a facility to cash cheques. This has been replaced by cashback, which is available with your purchase from the bar using a debit card up to the value thirty pounds. Usual card rules apply. You can still pay your membership dues by cheque, in an envelope along with your renewal documents as many of you have done in the past. Membership can also be paid by cash, credit or debit card at the bar.


Club rule book. (sometimes referred to as the blue book). We are now amending the rules following the SGM held on the 28th June 2022. The rule book will be now be published on the website www.marychurchconservative.com. Hard copies will be available for members to read in the club.
 

Car park reminder. The car registration you give us with your parking application is the only number that the cameras will recognise. If you use a different car, that is hired or loaned to you, or one that belongs to a friend or a family member, the cameras will not recognise it and will issue a PCN. To avoid this if you are travelling in a different car you must use the tablet on the bar. If your change of car is permanent, please email smbcc@marychurchconservative.com or leave a note behind the bar (with the following details; name, membership number, old and new registration plate) and please continue to use the tablet at the bar for four weeks, to enable the system to update. Don't forget if someone is picking you up and drives into the car park in an unregistered car they only have ten minutes to exit, not a second more.

Our secretary is spending hours trying to sort out issues where members have not updated their details with us. Please help us by ensuring we have the correct information.

 

Club catering We are still looking for someone to take on the catering for the club, and have increased our advertising to try and resolve this as soon as possible. If you know of anyone or any business that might like to find out about this opportunity please ask them to contact smbcc@marychurchconservative.com.


Committee  We would like to increase the number of club committee members. We meet on the second Monday of the month for about two hours. If you would like to get more involved in the club, and have been a member for more than twelve months, please email smbcc@marychurchconservative.com We will arrange for a committee member to have a chat with you, to explain more about what is involved. We would also really appreciate any members who could help out at any events on a ad-hoc basis. Please drop us a line on the link above.

If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please hit reply and add STOP to the subject line.

We look forward  to seeing you soon,

Kind regards,

The Committee.

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Member Newsletter 18 June 2022

Dear members, We hope you are well and enjoying the sunshine at last. 

 

Covid update:  After consultation with our staff, we have removed the screen from around the bar. We ask that you only go to the bar for service and not to congregate there.

We have finally got planning consent from the council for the outside seating area in the car park and the covered cycle store. We are now reviewing the updated quotes, and hopefully the work will be completed soon, and we can sit out and enjoy the summer sunshine.

We would like to thank Peggy and Brian Phillips for their hard work on the car park and gardens, they are looking much better now that they are receiving some regular attention.

Have you tried our new game of Chase the Ace? The weekly draw takes place on Friday evenings at 10pm and you don’t need to be in the club at the time of the draw to win it. You can enter at anytime and as many times as you like, purchase your ticket from the bar just like the Christmas Draw, £1 per entry. We have already had two jackpot winners of £415.16 and £260.20 as well as 15 winners of £50 and its only been running for 17 weeks. It’s definitely worth a flutter! if you’re not sure how it works please ask a member of the committee who will be happy to explain.

We currently have vacancies on the committee and would really like to invite club members to join us. We meet every second Monday of the month usually for two hours, if you would like to get more involved with the club please email smbcc@marychurchconservative.com and we will arrange for you to meet some of the committee for a chat to find out more about what is involved and how you might be able to lend a hand. You might like to help out at events on an ad-hoc basis which is great, drop us an email at the link above to let us know.  
 

If you do not wish to recieve these newsletters please hit reply and add STOP to the subject line.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Kind regards,

The Committee

 

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Member Newsletter 27 May 2022

 

Dear Members, Hope you are well

 

SAVE THE DATES!  We've a great Jubilee weekend of celebrations and activities planned for the week ahead which will end with our Sunday BBQ on 5TH June.

As part of our BBQ celebration our MEMBERS can take advantage of £1 off some of your favourite drinks from 12 noon until closing time at 7pm! The drinks are detailed in the poster below. In addition all members will receive a special Jubilee Gift.
 

For those of you who were unable to attend our recent President’s evening we were proud to present cheques for £1000 each to our charities for last year, Rowcroft Hospice and The Torbay Holiday Helpers Network who both thanked our members for their kind generosity. These are both popular charities with our members so we will continue to support them in 2022 as well as adding Devon Air Ambulance to our charities of the year. 
 

Committee Vacancies

We currently have some vacancies on the club committee. If you are interested in supporting the running of the club on behalf of our members, please feel free to chat to any of the committee members to find out what is involved in this voluntary position.

If you do not wish to receive these newsletters please reply to the sender writing STOP in the subject line.

Thank you to you all for your continued support of the club,

Kind regards, The Committee

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Member Newsletter 22 February 2022
 

Dear Members,

We hope you are well. We have introduced a new game to the club called Chase the Ace, and this is now available to enter! Purchase your draw number/s at the bar for the first draw which will take place at 10pm on Friday night (25 Feb).

Please find below a copy of the Chase the Ace rules and how the game will work along with some additional announcements. 

 

 

CHASE THE ACE (of Diamonds)

How it works

You purchase a draw number for a pound from the bar (similar to the Christmas draw) and specify which numbered envelope you require to be opened should your number be drawn.

Each week all numbers purchased are entered into the electronic numerator which picks the winning number at random.

A locked case containing 52 envelopes, is displayed in the club. Inside each envelope is one playing card from a standard pack of playing cards. (52 cards will be displayed in week 1, decreasing each week by one).

On the night of the draw, the envelope selected by the winner at time of purchase, is opened and If the envelope contains the ace of diamonds the winner claims the jackpot prize (the jackpot increases each week until it is won).

If any other card is revealed, the winner of the draw wins a £50 prize in week 1, increasing to £100 in week 20 if the Jackpot has not been won.

 

The Rules

You must be a current member to enter the draw. 

Entries into the draw can be purchased from the bar at £1 each, payment by cash only.(cash back available from the bar)

The first jackpot will start with a prize fund of £200 in week 1 and will increase each week until the Ace of Diamonds is revealed.

 

You may enter at any time from 10:30 pm on a Friday night through to the last entry being accepted at 9:00pm on the following Friday. This will allow time for the total draw fund to be calculated.

The draw entry form is similar to the Christmas draw. You will need to complete in full, your name, membership number and your choice of numbered envelope to be opened from the display case should your number be drawn. 

At the start of every new game following a Jackpot win, a new pack of cards with the jokers removed, will be shuffled and placed into 52 individual envelopes, these will be sealed, numbered 1-52 and displayed in the Chase the Ace case, face down, by 2 club members who will not take part in the draw.

The case is locked and keys will be held separately by 2 members.

The draw will take place on Friday evening at 10pm using the electronic numerator (the members draw will be at 8pm and the meat draw at 9pm). 

 

At 10pm after the winning number is announced, the Chase the Ace case will be unlocked and the envelope number selected by the winning member will be removed from the case. 

If the Ace of Diamonds is inside the envelope selected, the member will win the Jackpot prize. If any other card is revealed the member will receive a prize of £50 in Weeks 1-19, rising to £100 in week 20 should the Ace of diamonds remain unclaimed! All prizes will only be paid by bank transfer. 

 

You will need to present your membership card, valid for 2022, to claim either prize.

 

The committee reserves the right to amend these rules in between games and any amendments will be notified via the Chase the Ace notice board.

Each week, the winning member’s name and the playing card revealed will be displayed on the notice board.

Each week a proportion of the sales from the draw is added to the jackpot, which increases on a weekly basis until it is won. A proportion of the draw funds is also accumulated to build up the next jackpot prize fund, £50 or up to £100 is used as a prize for revealing the non jackpot card, and a proportion is retained for club funds.

For example (in a non-jackpot winning week) where draw sales are £120, club receives £24 (20%) the winner receives £50 and next week's jackpot is increased by £23. The remaining £23 goes towards funding the next jackpot accumulator.

 

Covid-19

With the removal of most if not all restrictions relating to Covid-19 by the Government, we would like to advise our members that for the foreseeable future, the screens surrounding our bar will remain in place at the polite request of our Staff. Please continue to use the two spaces to the front of the screen to order your drinks, leaving the open ends of the bar clear to allow adequate ventilation of the space. In addition, although social distancing  rules are now relaxed, please continue to be considerate of others when moving around the club. Those members wishing to continue to wear a face covering can of course do so.

Committee Vacancies

We currently have some vacancies on the club committee. If you are interested in supporting the running of the club on behalf of our members, please feel free to chat to any of the committee members to find out what is involved in this voluntary position.

 

AGM

Our next AGM is on Monday the 14th of March at 19:30. All members welcome, please note, you will need your Membership Card in order to be admitted. Doors will be closed at 19:25 and will be reopened when the AGM concludes.

If you do not wish to receive these newsletters please reply to the sender writing STOP in the subject line.

Thank you to you all for your continued support of the club,

Kind regards, The Committee

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Member Newsletter 2 December 2021

 

Dear Members

 

We hope you are well and getting ready for the festive season. We have some great entertainment and activities arranged for you at the club during December and January. Please see below for the full list:

 

Do not forget to purchase your tickets for the Christmas meat draw and the grand Christmas draw, to be drawn on the 17th and 19th of December.

 

Pauls Pantry have taken over the catering franchise. The menu includes sandwiches, snacks and Sunday lunch for which booking is essential.

We will be introducing a new lottery game called 'CHASE THE ACE' in mid January, keep an eye on the notice board for further details.

 

On behalf of the staff and the committee, we would like to wish all of our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2022.

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Member Newsletter 15 September 2021
Catering

 

Dear Member

 

We are sorry to inform you that ABL Catering have decided to end their franchise arrangement with Babbacombe & St Marychurch Conservative Club. They gave notice on the evening of  Sunday 13 of September 2021, to leave with immediate effect.

 

We will endeavour to provide alternative catering arrangements as soon as possible, but due to the lack of notice this could take some time.

 

We wish to thank Andy and his team for their service, over what has been a very difficult period and wish them all the best for the future.

 

 

Stay safe

 

The Committee.

 

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Member Newsletter March 2021

Dear Members

 

We are pleased to be planning the reopening of the club at last!  We are hoping to be open for business on the 17th of May and look forward to welcoming our members.

 

Although we tried our best to offer an outdoor service (which would have allowed us to open a little sooner) we cannot rely on the Great British weather to deliver sunshine without all the showers in April.

 

To be able to join us from May 17th onwards you will need to make sure that you have paid your membership fees for 2021. There are a number of ways you can do this, these are listed here.  We would like to thank those of you who have already done so.

 

The opening hours from 17/05/2021 until the 20/06/2021 inclusive are;

 

Monday        11:30 to 20:00

Tuesday       11:30 to 20:00

Wednesday 11:30 to 20:00 ( 23:00 on a quiz /social night) Fortnightly starting 19/05/2021

Thursday     11:30 to 20:00 

Friday          11:30 to 23:00

Saturday     11:30 to 23:00

Sunday        11:30 to 20:00 ( 22:00 on a bingo night) Fortnightly starting 23/05/2021

 

Last orders will be 20 minutes before closure ( to allow for table service)  and drinking up time 10 minutes past.

 

Although some COVID restrictions are likely be eased on the 17 May, most will remain and as a club we will need to comply with them.

 

1) Rule of six outside will cease ( Up to a max of 30)

2) Rule of six indoors or two bubbles  (you must be seated)

3) Two metre rule will apply indoors, we will do our best to mark this out, but do require your help to manage it. For this reason please do not move the chairs.

4) Masks will need to be worn at all times, unless seated.

5) Table service only ( no service at the bar). Please be patient with our staff, they will be doing their best to serve you, whilst protecting you and themselves.

6) Payment to be by card where possible.

7) You must register upon entry ( record your details in the log or scan the QR code)

8) Use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit from the club, and after visiting the toilet.

9) To comply with the regulations numbers will be restricted. If there is a queue outside please remain socially distanced.

10)  When using the gaming machines please sanitise your hands and the machines before and after use, with the gel and wipes provided.

11) Additional rules will apply for the snooker room.

 

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL OF THE ABOVE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN LINE WTH GOVERMENT GUIDELINES 

 

We are currently working on our plans for 21/06/2021 onwards and will update you, as we get nearer the time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the club soon.

If you have any questions about re-opening, please email the club secretary at smbcc@marychurchconservative.com.

Visit the club website for details of the upcoming quiz and bingo nights.

 

Stay safe 

The committee