A very special visitor, Mrs Jemima Tiggy-Winkle (click here for a photo), came to look around the squash courts last Thursday, perhaps with a view to getting a seasonal membership for young Sonic. Zach and Hugo collected her up into a cardboard box and returned her to roam in the forest once more while she reflected.
Our AGM will be held on the 12th of June 2022. We look forward to welcoming as many Members as possible.
A draft agenda including 2 proposed Rule changes (which are being shared in advance of the required 30 day advance period) is attached. Also attached is the Financial Statement for 2021.
Should you have proposed Motions, please send them to Georgina as Club Secretary, on .
There will also be elections for every MC role except President (which has a 3-year term running to June 2024). If you are interested in joining the MC, please reach for an existing (or past) MC member to understand what it involves.
Members who walk the grounds or watch football and cricket will know that the far corner of the grounds had been used to store debris for many years, with the addition of garden waste.
Coupled with some sick trees, the whole area was in poor shape. Over the past year, our staff and volunteers have removed countless skips of debris.
The ground has now been levelled and reseeded. Thanks to all who have helped with this. See the main article for a picture of the cleaned-up corner.
We are sad to announce that Eric Lacey (12/10/1938-12/01/2022) died on Wednesday morning after a long illness. Eric was a long-time member of the Club and participated in many activities, including lots of football, tennis, golf, and bridge. Eric really cherished his membership of the Club and the many dear friendships he made there. He was on the Golf committee for several years and also captained one of the Bridge section's Interclub teams.
Eric is survived by his wife Elisabeth, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
His cremation will take place at 10h30 on Wednesday, January the 19th at the Crematorium de Joigny, boulevard Lesire Lacam, 89300 Joigny. (No flowers, please.)
We are sad to announce that David Gertler (1934-8/5//2022) passed away last Sunday. David was a long-time member of the Club and participated in many activities, including using his financial skill in the past as Club Treasurer. Our deepest sympathy goes to his beloved wife Dominique and to his two sons, Anthony and Jerome.
Please read the main article for a tribute to David by Ian Cully.
We have 6 wooden benches around the Club (by the sports field and in the pool area). They were beginning to suffer a little. The most heavily damaged wood is being replaced with new oak. Thanks to Andrew Jackson for the great carpentry work. Read on to see the before and after pictures.
The Club has 6 wonderful red cedar benches (by the sports field and in the pool area) — time had not been kind, and they were worn and, in the case of 10 of the 30 boards, rotten.
The old benches have now been restored to give us:
* 4 spectacular red cedar benches
* 2 oak benches from the 10 new boards (since red cedar wood can no longer be bought in France)
Thanks to the team who have worked on this for the past 5 months, particularly to Andrew Jackson and John Hardy as well as Caroline and Patrick.
Read on to see some before and after pictures.
The painting and decorating team are busy renovating and repainting the garden furniture.