CLUB TO REOPEN THIS SATURDAY
After the unfortunate event on Tuesday this week, much work has been carried out in order to get the Club up and running as quickly as possible.
As a result of the fire, we lost most of the electrics in the building, and a temporary arrangement has been put in place until such time as the main re-building work takes place and the Club can be re-wired. We have had to install a temporary front door and both the ladies' cloakroom and the north room are badly damaged and will be out of use for the foreseeable future, as will the Bridge. The unisex toilet on the ground floor is available for use, but there is temporary lighting in there. There are, of course, ladies' toilets in the changing room.
The Training Room is fully operational and will be used as the Bridge, but access can only be made through the double doors from the Upper Deck and not via the internal stairs as the rest of the first floor is off-limits.
All the phone lines were burnt through and BT are rewiring both office and bar phones. Again, we hope to have both connected by Friday night.
A large working party turned out in the sunshine on Thursday and cleaned a massive amount of glassware, cutlery, crockery, chairs, tables and furniture. A huge thank you to everyone who took part – your efforts have enabled us to get right back on our feet again.
Specialist carpet and soft furnishing cleaners are working on Friday to go through the entire ground floor of the Club and we hope to eradicate some of the remaining smell of smoke as a result.
The consequence of all this work is that we are able to announce that the Club will re-open for business at 0900 on Saturday morning, 26 April. The sailing programme is unaffected and both Mill Pond and Advanced Martlets will carry on as normal, as will the PB2 course and Tommy Hutton 5.
Catering will be limited, but hot food will be available from the kitchen, so look out for the menus to see what's on offer. Bar service will be as normal and all beers, wines and spirits will be available.
Please bear in mind that not everything will be working as it should and there may be some inconveniences, but the most important thing is that sailing is unaffected and the social programme is on track again from Monday 28th. For instance, there is no electric light in the dining room and there is no access control on the front door.
Finally, after the traumatic events of the past week, Ollie & Eloise Clift would like to thank all members for their kindness, good wishes and unequivocal support for which they are truly grateful, and will do everything they can to get a full food service up and running as soon as possible.
|Knackered Flag Officers are forced to sample the first pints drawn from the new beer barrels delivered after the fire. Well, someone had to do it!|