Secretary's News 2nd February 2017
We are delighted to welcome the following new members to the Royal Solent:
- Mr Jeffrey & Mrs Lesley Strudwick
- Mr Alun & Mrs Margaret Thomas
- Mr Andrew & Mrs Kimiko Ure
- Mr Jonathan Hill
- Mr Adam Harding-Domeney
Members will be delighted to hear that Mr Nicholas Francis QC was appointed as a Justice of the High Court Bench and assigned to the Family Division in October 2016. The following month the honour of knighthood was bestowed on him and he is now Sir Nicholas Francis KBE.
Club rules permit the appointment of between two and four guardians. At the start of last year there were four; but Bernard Turner’s death and John Crowhurst’s retirement after four years’ service created a possible two vacancies. We are all sad to see John step down. His huge experience of Club affairs, combined with his common sense approach and dry wit mean that he will be greatly missed in this appointment, however we look forward to his and Diana's continued presence in the Club.
The General Committee has appointed Jeremy Willcock and Dick Dawson to fill these two posts, they join Paul Nicholson and Martin Le Gassicke as the two other guardians.
I wrote ten days ago that sealing the roof above the kitchen, which leaked badly, had been completed, as had the flat roof at the very top of the building. Tiling is now complete on the north facing roof and is progressing well on the south facing wall and eastern gable end. We hope that all tiling will be finished by the middle of next week. This will enable the scaffolders to start dismantling their work of art from Wednesday, which in turn will enable the roofers to finish the two areas of flat roofing which they are unable to access at present as these are obstructed by scaffolding poles.
Inside the main dining room (Solent Room) the new French windows and eastern facing window were installed last week long and these areas have now almost been made good. The dry-liners have completed nearly all their work except for the area immediately inside the Solent Room (at the west end), which they will finish by the end of this week. Concurrently, the plasterers have skimmed two thirds of the boarding, previously installed. I do hope you will like the vaulting effect.
The electricians have almost completed their “first fixings” for both lighting and the new sound system. The air-conditioning units have also been installed. At present we are still on course to finish work by the end of February…but I hate tempting fate!
Retiled roof above the kitchen
North facing retiled roof
Facing west across the Solent Room
Main Dining Room (Solent Room) - Dry liner in action!
Despite the short-term inconvenience caused by the refurbishment, we have already held a very successful Burns Night – thank you David Porter – Flower Arrangers’ Lunch and Film Night (Oklahoma). The first “First Wednesday” Talk by club member John Pottinger was extremely well supported with over forty attendees. Scrabble and Backgammon start today and our Mah-Jong for Beginners is fully subscribed.
There has already been a great deal of interest in the first Cruising 'Out to Lunch' of the year, which involves a tour of the Sir Max Aitken Museum followed by lunch at the Island Sailing Club on 1st March. Members may still add their names to the reserve list in the event of any cancellations.
We will be screening the rugby internationals, starting on Saturday; our Spanish themed evening on 11th February is currently full with a waiting list and the Wine Society expect at least fifty members to come to their 16th February event. So the message is that we are open as usual and continuing to carry on throughout the rebuilding process with a full programme; in a month’s time life should return to normal. For full details of forthcoming events please click here.