School Lane, Hopwas, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3AD
Telephone 01827 62684

 


DECEMBER 2020

Hello Everyone,

With the County of Staffordshire coming out of the second period of national lockdown into a higher restriction tier than when it entered, it unfortunately means that Coton and Hopwas Social Club will have to remain closed.

There will be a review on movement of tiers on the 16th December and again on the 30th, however Staffordshire will have to drop from tier 3 to tier 1 for the club to re-open, but this seems extremely unlikely to happen within the review periods, and that means the club will have to remain closed up to and into the New Year.

We can all hope that the figures will reduce drastically enough for things to change sooner, but the reality is your Steward and the Committee are prepared for this length of closure and have contingency plans in place.

Apart from the serious disappointment of not being able to socialise with each other over the festive period, the closure unfortunately coincides with the time of year that includes the re-election of Committee members, renewal of membership fees and the AGM, all of which are heavily dependent on attendance at the club.

To avoid the logistical nightmare of trying to conduct any of these events remotely, for example via social media or virtual chatrooms, the Committee requests the following:-

1. Defer the election of the current Committee until such time as things settle down and the club re-opens. I feel very strongly that we must maintain stability and continuity throughout these times, for the benefit and security of both our membership and staff. I would also point out that due to Covid closures this current Committee haven't had a full 12 months of tenure. Despite this they have still managed to achieve so much for the club and have the knowledge and enthusiasm for future plans and projects going forward.

2. Defer the payment of membership renewals. We cannot obtain membership renewals whilst the club is closed and also members haven't been able to have full access to the club over these last 12 months and have had to put up with a lot of rules and regulations.

3. Defer announcement of AGM date. We can conduct an AGM remotely by social media but our preference is for members to be able to attend the meeting. We request that the time and date of the AGM be sent out pending more information on re-opening.
We have sought clarification from CIU and have recently had confirmation that we are allowed to request the above.
This has been an unprecedented year and at a club level we have had to endure months of closure, cancelled events, and many rules and regulations.

Your Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding during all of this,
and to wish all of you a very Happy Christmas, and hopefully…….. a more social New Year !!

~ Look forward to seeing you soon Phil Robins

 

 

 

Coton & Hopwas Social Club 2020

 

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