COVID-19 – UPDATE – 16th April 2020
The New Club Steward introduces himself…
This is Garry writing, your new steward at the Cottingham Memorial Club.
Because of the strange times that we are living in, I would just like to make things a tad easier for you, on your return, by telling you a little about myself.
So here we go…
I was originally born in Hull, my father was a docker and my mother a barmaid and between them they brought up my brother and I. After leaving school my working life started at the Hull City Council Parks Department and that is where I got the bug for gardening. I moved on and drove coaches as well as running a business that organised trips and holidays, oh, and starting a family of my own.
Around nine years ago a change of direction took me into the pub trade, initially being a manager within the Sam Smith’s public houses chain, then two free houses after that, all based in Scarborough. Over that period I, along with my partner Tina, achieved CAMRA Good Beer Guide (Real Ale) status, as well as Town Pub of the Year award, Beer and Garden and Flower Basket Awards. We established a good rapport with our clientele who followed us from pub to pub.
So why the move to Cottingham? Family have always been very important to us and most of the children we share between us are resident in the Hull and surrounding area and it was nice to seize the opportunity to move nearer to them. Running your own pub is a very time consuming and demanding job and taking on a club steward role does mean that I can pursue my loves of golf, cycling, snooker and visits to the gym, all of which have taken a back seat for the past nine years. The future looks good and now that I am actually in the club I am looking forward to spending it with you all, once the club re-opens.
Because of the lockdown I am very limited in what work is available to me and so for the moment I have made my garden the domain. The nice weather is certainly helping me to get stuck in. I have met most of the staff, (although exercising social distancing of course). I understand that the quiz nights are a big hit in the club, ( I am a great quiz fan myself), and the live entertainment evenings sound inviting. I am encouraged by the varied activities the club has to offer, the many snooker teams, the Golf Society and of course the obvious popularity of the kitchen.
All input and ideas are welcome and I am hoping to build on our strengths and take our club to a new level, hopefully increasing membership in the process, but not forgetting the values that so many members obviously hold dear. In this way I hope that we can overcome these present trying times and sustain stability for years to come. Obviously all proposals will still have to be ratified by the General Management Committee but I am looking forward to working with the Club’s management and rising to the challenge of building on the obvious solid foundations that have been laid over many years in the past.
Change may not always be acceptable to everyone but after the trauma of the Covid-19 outbreak I believe that we should all try to work as a productive team to generate a secure future. I understand that this year sees the club’s one hundredth birthday. Here’s to the next hundred!
I look forward to meeting you all in the not too distant future.
Best wishes and please stay safe.
There is a 24 hour presence at the Club including Full 24 Hour CCTV and Emergency Alarm cover linked to both the Police and Alarm System Company.
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CAR PARK BARRIER ACCESS
Please note that with effect from 1st April 2020 the car park entry barrier will not operate before 10.30am. This is a measure intended to improve car parking availability for members actually wishing to visit the club.
General Management Committee – 3rd March 2020
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 26th Feb 2020
LIFE VICE PRESIDENT
Martin Stroud has been elected as a Life Vice President for services to the Club, in particular for development of the snooker section, twice standing as the GMC Chairman, twice acting as Assistant Secretary for nine years in total and multiple contributions in other areas over 29 years of membership.
Martin thanked the Officers and Members of the General Management Committee (present and past). He thanked both Brian Green and John Wilson for their hard work over many years. He offered special praise to Wendy Armit for her support through out many years as both a friend and member of the Club. Martin reminded us of those few Club members and characters who are no longer with us, members who we very much miss. Members such as Don Blakey, Jimmy Sharpe, John Lawson, Bas Berry, James Gossip, Mike Siddle, Alan Sayburn, Dave Cross, Tony Hepworth, Brian Heaford and his own father Graham Stroud. He wished the Club every success in this our Centenary year.
The General Management Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Garry Naylor as the new club steward. Garry will be taking up his duties in early April 2020. He has extensive experience of the licensed trade and we are confident that Garry will prove to be an asset to the Cottingham Memorial club.
Our current steward, Steve Robinson, leaves us on Sunday 22nd March, 2020. The GMC are appreciative of his excellent and diligent service throughout his time with the club. We are sure that all members wish him and Lynn a long and happy retirement.
We have also added a new page called CENTENARY 2020 and this will shortly be updated with historical photographs and documents from our past.
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SNOOKER ROOM RENOVATIONS
The ground floor snooker rooms have now been renovated. This included floor resurface works, which required all tables to be dismantled. We redecorated the entire area and have created some better storage for two piece cue cases. All cues stored on site must be registered via the Club Steward/Bar Staff. Overall the project has progressed very well and the end result appear to be a very nice looking environment to play snooker.