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IF YOU ARE NOT YET RECEIVING YOUR POLICE PENSION OR ARE JOINING A BRANCH OUTSIDE YOUR FORMER FORCE AREA, PROOF OF YOUR POLICE SERVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION TO BRANCH SECRETARIES.
It is very true to say that you do not realise what you have got, until such time as you no longer have it. I think those words can accurately reflect the situation in which we all find ourselves in this current pandemic. Our personal lives have been turned upside down and we have become reliant on masks, computers and online meetings. Whatever happened to those halcyon days, where we were able to virtually please ourselves what we did on a day to day basis, with virtually no restrictions on where we went, what we did or who we met.
I am aware that the impact of the pandemic has highlighted the strength of our Organisation, inasmuch as it has focused our minds on what we are currently missing that we previously enjoyed so much. Your Social Team are very much aware that, due to the potential risk of infection to our Members from unnecessary exposure to the virus, many of our previous social functions cannot be undertaken safely at the present time.
You will have seen the recent circulation from Dave Knapper concerning the possibility of having another skittles evening at Southwick Park Golf Club in October this year. If this event is to take place we believe that it can be run safely and in accordance with all of the current COVID 19 guidelines being implemented. Before we commit to paying any deposit it is essential for us to know what level of support that you, the Members, would be prepared to give it. Naturally the numbers of those allowed to attend have been considerably reduced so if you are considering it please do let Dave know as soon as possible.
We are also exploring the possibility of holding a Christmas lunch in December 2020 and, once again, the overriding principle of your safety will be paramount in our decision making. We know that support for the Marriott Hotel has been dwindling for some time now, and with that in mind we are actively looking at two proposed new venues, the Southwick Park Golf Club or Waterlooville Golf Club both of which have confirmed that they would be happy to host us. Further details will be published at a later date.
I should stress that all of the above information is subject to last minute change dependent on prevailing conditions in respect of the pandemic and any future Government guidelines.
In the meantime Dave and I wish you and your families the very best of health and please do ensure that you look after each other by staying safe.
Mike Haycocks - Social Secretary
Due to the current restrictions imposed as the result of the COVID 19 guidelines our regular lunch club meetings have had to be postponed. When the restrictions can be relaxed a new date for the resumption of our meetings will be published
Our host Shekhar is anxious to ensure we enjoy the most comfortable arrangements and is aware that recently with high numbers and limited seating space we may have been cramped with our eating arrangements. Those attending recently will have noted that he has been refurbishing the whole premises.
Regretfully the back bar now has a full size pool table installed and it is not possible to move this each time we attend for lunch. Conditions for service and transporting of food from the kitchen is also difficult for the staff to implement.
I have agreed with Shekhar that if we have high numbers at future lunches we shall set up some additional tables in the front bar to accommodate the extra people attending. Those of you who have been attending for some time will recall that this arrangement has been used in the past when a table was set up in the front bay window and seemed to work well. He has also suggested, that if we have over 15 persons wanting to have curry for lunch, he would set up a buffet bar for the curries and people can help themselves to their meals allowing them to select their own size of meal and thereby cutting down on the time you wait to be served. I will stress that this arrangement will only be implemented when sufficient numbers of people select a curry for their main course.
I am certain that these arrangements will not impact at all on the enjoyment of attending and socialising at these events and it is evident that many people now arrive around 1130 hours to have a drink and a chat with their friends before sitting down for lunch. I will remind you that he is also continuing to supply us with a reduced price for tea and coffee after the meal.
Pappadums with a selection of dips
Hot or Mild Chicken curry
Mild Vegetable curry
BBQ Chicken Melt topped with cheese and bacon and served with chips
Grilled chicken salad served with vegetables
Minted Lamb or Rosemary Shank served with vegetables or chips
Beer battered cod chips and peas
Scampi chips and peas
Crispy whitebait served with chips and peas
Omelette chips and peas
Fruit crumble served with cream or custard
May I take this opportunity of once again thanking you all for your continued support of our Branch activities. The work which goes into organising these events is always rewarded by seeing so many of you who have chosen to support us.