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Secretary's News 1st February 2018


Rebuild Situation

A rejection letter for the bar rebuild had been received from the Planning Department on the grounds that the barrel shaped roof would be out of context with the rest of the conservation area in Yarmouth in shape and material. However, the planners had indicated that they were still happy with the original tent shaped roof proposal, even though this would be more visible.  The next step will be to consult with the architect to see if it worth appealing. If an appeal is deemed pointless there are 3 options:

a. Move forward with the Fordingbridge design;
b. Look once again at the tented design;
c. Like for like replacement of the flat roof and windows.

Once a way forward has been agreed, the members will be updated on progress.

Despite this depressing, and somewhat frustrating news, there has been some work to improve further part of the upstairs bar.

The vaulted ceiling in the bar to match the ceiling in what was the old West Room is progressing well.  The plaster boarding and plastering have been completed and the cables have been installed for both sound system and lighting.  As I write, the ceiling is being painted and carpenters are working on extending the bar into the old West Room, which will mean increased space for both customers and bar staff.  Whereas the northern part of the bar nearest the entrance, always looked a little messy, the electric points and cabling will now be tidied up, giving the whole a cleaner look. 

Work on the vaulted ceiling and bar area should be completed within a few days, less the finish to the new part of the bar top and sides, which may take up to ten days.

Ceiling prior to refurbishment.

Ceiling with vaulting exposed; cabling put in and plaster-boarding started.

Plaster-boarding and plastering completed.

Familiar faces? Carpenters Ian and Harvey Smith – Mary’s son and grandson.


New Member of Staff

Members may recall that we said goodbye to Brandon Holmberg, the Club’s former Boatman in the autumn.

Today the Club has a new Boatman, who many members will know as he lives in the West Wight, one Jeremy (Jez) Butcher and we are delighted to welcome him to the Club.


Forthcoming Events

Country & Western Night – Saturday 17th February.  Despite being well-advertised, numbers for this event are currently a little on the low side.  While this is no doubt due, in part to the Club’s closure during the first half of January, members are reminded of the date for this event, which should be a thoroughly entertaining evening. For more information, please click here.

Classical Sunday Lunch – Sunday 4th March. An addition to the Winter Programme. Further details will be available on the website shortly.

Nautical Quiz – Wednesday 18th April. This has now been re-scheduled to take place instead of the Early Bird Race on Wednesday 18th April.

Member Notices

Member Death. The sad death is announced of Life Honorary Member Colin Smith of 8 The Vineyard, Bouldnor, who died on 12th January aged 96. A funeral service will be held at the Isle of Wight Crematorium on Thursday 15th February at 1415 hours.

Subscriptions.  The vast majority of subscriptions for 2018 have been collected but some remain outstanding.  If you are a member who is yet to pay, please would you settle your account as soon as possible.  Circa ninety percent of members pay by direct debit; if you are one of those who do not, you might consider changing to this method of payment in future in order to avoid late payments.  If you would like future payments to be made by direct debit, please contact Janet Pitman in Accounts (01983 760256).

Car Parking.  While most members follow the bye-laws, there are those who infringe! 

Such transgressions range from leaving vehicles in the car park for extended periods of time and passing barrier cards to others – even non-members.  The relevant bye-laws are shown below – please comply.


B 14.1 The car park is for the use of members and some members of staff. Parking by guests and visitors is not permitted unless a flag officer or the Secretary has given prior permission.

B14.2 The control of the barrier is via the use of a card available only to members, including some staff members. These are not transferable and can be obtained from the Office upon payment. Barrier cards remain the property of the Club and must be returned when a member resigns, a member of staff leaves, or if payment for the current year ceases.

B14.3 All cars using the car park must display a current sticker, available from the office. These must be renewed each year. Members are asked to provide relevant car details to the office staff.

B 14.4 Special permits for extended parking may be obtained from the office. These will be strictly limited in number and will not guarantee space availability. Not more than one special permit will be issued to members of the same family.

B 14.5 Between May and October the boatsheds may be let as garaging although their use as boat sheds will take priority. Any permit holder wishing to have the use of a garage should contact the office. Priority will be given to garage users during the previous year.

B14.6 Members may leave their cars overnight but should remove them by 1000 hours the following morning unless the owner wishes to use B 14.7.

B14.7 Members wishing to park their cars for more than 48 hours are asked to notify the office in advance to obtain permission. Keys are to be left in the office, should it become necessary to move the vehicle.

B14.8 The General Committee has delegated the responsibility of administering the car parking bye-laws to the Secretary.

B14.9 Cars are parked entirely at the owner’s risk.

Barrier Renewal/Stickers.  With regard to the above bye-law highlighted in yellow, new windscreen stickers have been placed in members’ pigeon holes.  If you have yet to collect your sticker, please do so.  Similarly, if you not yet renewed your barrier card for 2018, kindly contact the Front Office as the cards have now been re-programmed.  Thank you.

New Till System.  A new till system has been installed and while it will undoubtedly lead to greater efficiency, there are likely to be glitches in the short term, as with all new installations.  To help us ensure that this system beds in quickly, members are asked to check their bar receipts and report any mistakes to the Steward or bar tender immediately.

Data Protection

A new law comes into force in May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give citizens back the control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and 'processing' this data, anywhere in the world. The Regulation also introduces rules relating to the free movement of personal data within and outside the EU. What this means is that the Club has to safeguard ‘personal data’ so any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier. While the Club currently safeguards personal data, GDPR imposes far stricter controls on those organisations holding data – and penalties on those failing to comply.

Hamish Fletcher

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