Chairman’s Message

Dear fellow Members,
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister confirmed the latest phase of unlocking us from the COVID-19 related restrictions. Further details of what this means for our operations, especially in relation to food and beverage services, are set out elsewhere in this Recorder.

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I am sure we are all looking forward to a significant step in returning to normality.

As a result, the Board’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) needs no longer to meet. The CMC was set up just before lockdown one last year to provide a swift and effective decision-making mechanism to deal with the rapidly evolving situation. The Board and many Members have acknowledged the work done by the Committee. On behalf of us all I would like to express our thanks to Marc Newey, Karen Hunneyball, Patricia Morgan and Justin Ward who served on the Committee with me.

Club AGM

As Members will know, it is intended to hold our AGM on 22nd June. The PM’s announcement on Monday gives us confidence that we will be able to hold this as normal with Members present as in the past before last year. I must however caution that if things unexpectedly change for the worse between now and then we may have to make other arrangements at short notice. We will inform Members of these, should the need arise, as quickly as we can.

The AGM is required by law to deal with certain formal business. This is set out in the AGM Notice which Members will be receiving shortly. It covers the reappointment of the Auditors and of the outgoing Directors. There will be no election of Directors as we have received no further nominations to the four Directors who are re-standing. In these circumstances, I urge you please to use your proxies to vote on the formal business.

As is customary, the AGM will also be used for a short presentation on the current state of the Club and immediate plans for the future with the opportunity for members to ask questions. It would be much appreciated if Members who have questions could submit these in advance to the Chief Executive at so that as full an answer as possible may be given. This does not mean that questions cannot be raised at the AGM meeting.

If we are not able to hold the AGM as intended, we will make arrangements for a Members’ informal forum online on a date near to the AGM.

Padel Tennis

Our thanks must go to the team for the successful opening of the new Padel tennis courts last Sunday. So many Members playing Padel for the first time have said how much they enjoy the game and how easy it is to play for the whole family.  Click here for more information and to sign up for a game

Equipment and balls are provided for you. To be respectful to our neighbours at Fairacres keeping any exuberant noise in the early mornings and evenings to a minimum would be appreciated.


It has been wonderful to see the Club so busy again. As I have walked around the Club, many of you have taken the trouble to say how much you have appreciated all the hard work done by the staff and the very warm welcome that we have received from them since our return on 29 March. All these compliments are much appreciated by all the staff. Apart from complimenting staff personally and directly, there is also the option to fill in a comment card available at Reception, to mark good or exceptional service. Please do make use of them as they provide useful feedback.

Granville Lloyd

One staff member who embodied all of the best service values the Club offers was Granville Lloyd. I am sad to report that he passed away last week after a long illness. The Club had kept in regular touch with him while in hospital keeping him updated on Club activities, supporting him on a weekly basis but knowing he had a slim chance of recovery. Please click here to read a short tribute to Granville and how to honour his memory as a very popular member of our excellent staff.

Best wishes,

Alan Jenkins, Chairman –