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Warm greetings from the North…..
As I said in my last set of ramblings that I will be in contact with you more regularly….and until we resume our primary objective of hosting sport at our facility where you will have to endure my thoughts and ideas every week…..I will send you an update fortnightly to keep in tune with what is happening at the Club….so here is your current slice…..
Since my last massage….quite a lot has happened….Let me begin….
With the arrival of Spring (in my youth, September 1 was the opening of the public swimming pools) and this year the advent of Spring was a little more of Jack Frost and his merry men making an arrival rather than me hauling out my swimming apparel to display my limited swimming skills…. The first couple of days of spring definitely made me wrap up warm and snugly to ward off the cold and rainy weather…but that said…the sprinkling of showers that we had….has altered all the grasslands in the area to display a distinct greenish hue…so much so, that Brian has got his team already onto their tasks of cutting and clearing in anticipation of the growing season….and all of us up and ready for the start of our summer….. one of the little things that has also arrived in addition to lockdown, appears to be a more intensive load shedding schedule…and we have made sure that our generator is up to the task and is ready for whatever Eishkom may throw at us…..that we can continue to enjoy ourselves….
I have also seen correspondence that two of our sports are being allowed back onto the fields…..Baseball have some procedures and protocols they need to put into place before they can begin, whilst Hockey is allowing all provincial and national players to resume training (no games or contact, but drills and exercise)….so hopefully this is the start of some activity on our sports front…..
We have had two joker draws since coming back….and although we haven’t had a winner yet….there appears to be a trend of all the old areas in the Club being selected….. week 1 of the Joker draw had Martin Iske having his name drawn from the beeeeeeg black box again (the area where he sits, has definitely had its fair share of names pulled from the box)… but that is where Martin’s good fortune ended…. he drew the three of spades, pushing the jackpot up by over R1000….. and week 2 saw the legal eagles corner having their chance….as visiting country member Carl Schroeder’s name emerged (after a false start where the first name out had already gone home)…..but his ability at guessing where the joker is eluded him and he had to settle with the jack of hearts…. This missed opportunity also allowed another roll over into the the “pot”, letting the total now to be R62658….another good reason to come up to the Club this Friday, good food, cold beer, lots of quality company and a chance of taking home over R60k…hopefully I will see you there….we had our first attempt at streaming the joker draw into the Scimitar…and with some valuable lessons learned….we will hopefully this week have a snag free attempt and have the full screen up and running….
Please remember that the Marge’s scrumptious meals from the Kitchen are available open over the weekends and on Wednesdays….while the Pizza kitchen is open from 10am daily…. During the week we open the pub at 1pm daily, with Fridays starting a little earlier at midday…..on weekends we open alittle earlier at 10am….. closing times will remain at 9pm daily…..please assist us with these earlier stopping times….we are adhering to the strict letter of the law, as the curfew kicks in at 10pm and we would like all our Members and patrons home before this…..
I would like to personally thank everyone who has contributed to the staff challenge….we are distributing these funds to the staff every second week…. And they have asked me to also convey their gratitude for the generosity….
Hopefully I will see you all soon….
Take care and stay safe
Hi there to you all…..
My view outside is not of the North, but that of my front garden…as it has not been critically necessary to go in all day, every day…with the changes, I have been going in to ensure that everything is ready and expectantly waiting for our Members to enjoy the benefits and services offered by our pubs… so I watch as spring begins to show its colours, with the promise of warmer weather and “greener” and more lush surroundings….
Whilst we still get everything up on track…I ask for your patience….our suppliers have also not yet got up to speed with the demands of their customers….and we have had inconsistent deliveries….either not fully supplied, late, or sometimes not even arriving at all…. we have been trying manfully to control the circumstances and keep supplying the quality service that we are renowned for….within the next two weeks I am sure that all little hiccoughs will be sorted out…so please just bear with us in the interim….
The committee have also decided to try to get everyone back to normal…..so it gives me great pleasure in announcing that……..
OUR JOKER DRAW IS BACK!! YAY!!!
We are running from this Friday (28 August 2020) and what has been decided is that we are going to be raising the price of tickets from this weekend up to R10 a ticket….I am sure that this will not scare anyone away….but please be aware, that a lot of thought has gone into this strategic move…our research has shown that everyone takes more than just one R5 ticket anyway, so it is not going to alter the chances of you winning….but it is going to allow for streamlined administration from an accounting point of view….Nothing else will alter….last ticket sales at 19h20….draw at 19h30….and after the completion of the draw….the jackpot for the next draw will be announced….. Please join us back this week….it is going to be a blast….Live music will not be started as yet….but we will hopefully have that back soon too….
If there are any queries that occur regarding the draw, or what is happening at the Club, please do not hesitate to contact me….. I will try to resolve any qualms you may have….
My staff and I are just too happy to be able to welcome you all back to the North and be able to get some normality in our lives…..
Our sport, is however a casualty…..whilst our Athletic section is not able to participate in organised or “formal” club runs….they have been able to come to the Club on a Wednesday and get together with some of their mates…and have a quick “social” run…..I was at the Club last night….and it was most heart-warming to see plenty of runners taking up this opportunity to have their weekly club “fix”…
Our other team sports fall under the jurisdiction of their controlling bodies….and whilst I have seen a little reprieve from the cricket boys, nothing has been forthcoming from their local association yet, SAFA still is not allowing any soccer at all and while Hockey, Rugby and Baseball are moving forwards to getting us back on the fields, there is nothing concrete that we can base any hope on….it is all a case of “wait and see”….
That is all from me for this week…. Please join us back at the North for something scrumptious to eat (the Pizza kitchen is available every day)…and Marge’s kitchen will be open of Wednesday evening and on the weekends for any rumbling tummies….. or a drink in the beer garden or the bars….hopefully I get to see you all soon…
Take care…..stay safe….
A warm good day to everyone…..
I have given everyone a long enough hiatus from my weekly dose of ramblings….. now I am back to tickle your conscience in case you have forgotten that the North is still in operation….and I will be troubling your email inbox more regularly now on again…..
This crisis has ensured that we trim what we could of our expenses to in order to maintain the continuity of the club on an ongoing basis… the combination of no sport being played at the North and the arrival of winter has slowed the growth of the grass on the fields….allowing us to keep control over the fields with a skeleton in situ staff in the interim.
I am sure that most of our Members have driven past the Club over the last few months….and for me it has been a sorry sight….an extremely quiet car park….. no one playing on the fields….no shrieks of joy from children…. no screams of delight or the sounds of laughter from the bars or the shouts of encouragement from the parents and spectators…….sadly for our loyal staff….it has been heart breaking….their livelihood has been pulled from under them, through no fault of their own…..
As a club we have maintained payments to all the staff during the Lockdown period….and with assistance from the Members we have created a little “kitty” for that “rainy day” that we knew would eventually arrive, with the Club Funds starting to “dry up”….. I would like to offer my gracious thanks to all those that gave so willingly….. It is greatly appreciated by the committee and this fund has been set aside exclusively for the use on the staff.
And now I arrive at the enjoyable part….something that I have wished I could say for almost 150 days…
WE ARE FINALLY OPEN!!!
Yes…..with the easing of regulations on the lock down, we are officially able to say our doors to the pub at the Club are open…..there are some new rules that will apply…the “buzz words” that have been created over the last few months…. be responsible…..wear a mask….wash your hands regularly… maintain adequate social distancing…. But with all of that means that we can join our mates for a pot….or a chat….sit in the sun in the beer garden…..watch the kids on the Jungle Gym…. And whilst our fields are officially closed to any organised sport, our children may gladly run around on the fields….while we keep a “ beady eye” over their antics from the comfort of our chairs sipping a cool drink….we are facing some challenges with deliveries and supplies….but hopefully we can sort these out pretty quickly….
The hours of operation will be advertised on all of our social media platforms, so please keep a look out for any important messages….regarding what and how our services will be amended to conform to the letter of the law….
This was just a short note to get us all back into the swing of things….hopefully I will see you all soon…..and things will return to what we remember as normal…..
In the meantime, keep well….but above all….stay safe….and hopefully I will see you all soon….
Dear Club Member
Please note that the Benoni Northen Areas Sports Club annual statutory reports for the financial year ended 29 February 2020, which incorporates the clubs notice of annual general meeting (AGM) of members, to be held on Thursday 20th August 2020 at 19:00, will be available below.
Alternatively, an electronic copy of the report can be requested from the Club’s General Manager, Rod Scheepers, at email@example.com, or collected at the club’s office from 09h00 to 12h00’s Monday to Friday.
The Executive Committee believes that the safest way to hold the AGM and to still allow members their right to vote and ask questions at the meeting, is through a combination of electronic participation – by addressing their questions to their respective sub club chairmen prior to the meeting, or voting by proxy, should the need arise.
Sub Club Chairman plus 5 additional Sub Club members, per Sub Club section, will be allowed to attend in person, to put any questions you may have, to the Executive Committee. Their names to be provided to the Club General Manager at least 48 hours prior to the AGM.
This is a result of the impact of Covid-19, the resultant health distancing imperatives, legal restrictions, the official advice on gatherings and movement and the health of members and stakeholders which is of paramount importance to the Club.
For further details in this regard, please refer to the notice of AGM available as set out below.
Benoni Northern Areas Sports Club
IN TERMS OF THE CONSTITUTION IT IS OUR INTENTION TO HOLD THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF BENONI NORTHERN AREAS SPORTS CLUB ON THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST 2020 AT 19H00 IN THE BENONI NORTHERN AREAS SPORTS CLUB HALL, WHILST ABIDING BY THE COVID19 REGULATIONS AS EXPLAINED ABOVE
4. Minutes of 2019 AGM
5. Matters Arising from Previous Minutes
6. Chairman’s Report
7. Treasurers Report
8. Election of Office Bearers for 2019/2020
(As per 20.2 of our constitution Rodney Farrell is standing down as a Committee Member).
9. Appointment of Auditors
10. Honorary Life Members
11. Renovations update Rugby/Cricket/Football
TREASURER’S REPORTAGM 2020 Treasurers report
(not yet available)
Good day to everyone out there….. Usually my view is of the North from my window as I pen this message to you….today I am within three hundred metres of that window as the crow flies….but I am not at work….I am, as most of the rest of our responsible nation….at home, in isolation or under “house arrest”….as we all face this common enemy that we cannot see or hear….the dreaded COVID19….. (more…)
Warm greetings from the North….
What a difference a week makes…..from a calm and relaxed world a mere week ago, to a frenzied nation in panic….never in the world would I have said that we would have experienced crowds worse than Christmas at our local stores in the middle of March… on Monday I stood gobsmacked at our local supermarket, as I saw people literally fighting over food stocks….what we definitely do need is a calm and measured approach from us as individuals, as a community, as city, metro and ultimately nation….
Good morning to everyone out there…
Life is all about ups and downs….and we have definitely had a roller coaster in the last few weeks….but this weekend was so marvellous and wonderful in both with our Club sports and mostly on the international front….whilst there was absolute heartbreak for our girls at the World Cup….as they lost in a rain shortened semi-final against the Aussies…losing by just five runs….and this after the first semi-final match had been abandoned a few hours before at the same venue….such is the life of a cricketer….and whilst it was devastating for the girls…I am sure that valuable lessons were learned…and as we have a pretty young side, with new stars emerging as on both the batting and bowling fronts, which will hold us in good stead for the future ….well done to the girls on topping their group in the pool stages and for reaching the semi’s….we are all extremely proud of you….and then in retribution, our boys went out and whacked the Aussie side comprehensively on the weekend to land up with a clean sweep….a heart warming result after a disappointing summer…the boys now jet off to India to look horns in some white ball antics against the hosts….I imagine this will be a different prospect to the red ball game….so good luck chaps…may you all play above your expectations….on the Super Rugby front two wins and loss for the weekend means that the glass is more full than normal….keep that up boys…
Come to “The North” and celebrate St Patrick’s day. Irish Lamb Stew & 440ml Guiness – R50.00 per head, Spot prizes, free Jello Shot and live music only in Irish style.
A very good morning to everyone…
Maybe the moving of the calendar dates into leap year country….has indicated positive moves on our sporting front….both at the North and internationally (but we will be specifically quiet on the Super Rugby front….as the Sharks were the only side to come out with their feathers unruffled after the weekend) but on the international cricket front…both our Men and Ladies sides played with pride and passion as they overcame Australia and Pakistan respectively… the Men came up with a new match winner in Heinrich Klaasen who batted maturely to hold our innings together, Lungi Ngidi kept the opposition under pressure with some super pace and guile…resulted in us winning comfortably by 74 runs….we await the second match in the ongoing saga…this time in Bloemfontein on Wednesday evening…..and our ladies have played some scintillating cricket to keep a clean sheet with a three wins in three result thus far….with the fourth being rained out….which has meant that our ladies are in unchartered territory….topping the league standings for the league standings in a World Cup….and now we will play the Aussie ladies in the semi’s on Thursday and will need to beat them for the first time ever to advance to the final….despite this fact, I am sure that all staunch and loyal supporters will be egging them on… the final will be shown on Sunday morning on the big screen in the Hall if we are able overcome the semi-final hurdle…I most definitely will be shouting at the top of my voice showing my support……go the Saffa’s….
BNSC’s mobile drinks Bar “The Coach” will be present at Northern Areas serving our Members and Visitors at sports games and events. Thanks as always to the forever reliable Wonderwall Murals.
A warm good day to you all….
There is definitely something going on with the weather….I was sitting outside on Sunday evening…and there was a bitingly cold wind that swept through Benoni…as though there had been snow in the Berg….but sanity had prevailed by yesterday and the temperature had returned to a warm and toasty day in the late 20’s…..I hope we don’t have to feel that pesky little wind again for a very long time….
Our national cricketers surprised us massively within two days….as we were humbled by a huge margin on Friday night….and after 75% of the match on Sunday it looked like we were in for another one….before the Aussies pushed the “self-destruct” button….playing silly shots and losing wickets far too quickly to lose by a narrow margin….if you were part of the SA bowling coaching staff, you would claim that they bowled disciplined lines and lengths, slowly throttling the opposition…I will believe them, but just this once….I fervently await the final showdown tonight in the three match series….
Good day to everyone
I can’t believe how quickly this year has already flown past and we are already approaching the end of February…Our National cricketers flattered to only deceive again…as they again won the first of the meetings with England and then allowed the opposition to get back into the series and finally we fell away completely in the last match….I must say that T20 is exciting stuff…as we witnessed over 760 runs collectively in 80 overs between the two sides only….and being separated by one single run after the first two internationals….but in the third, it appeared that our bowlers let us down as the English passed our total with some space to spare…this week, we welcome back the “sandpaper” crew and hopefully we have a better showing against them…time will tell…but I will not be holding my breath about the possibility of us beating them… maybe I should watch the behind the scenes footage rather…that may prove to be more exciting…
Well it is the week of February 14th, the famous (or is it infamous) Valentine’s day….the time of the year that all men are reminded to be romantic and buy flowers, chocolates and shower their partners with love and affection….I decided to do a little research into the history of the day, and apart from having a distinctly Pagan start….it would surprise everyone that it actually has no romantic connection at all….that said, the commercial enterprises all climb on the band wagon at this time of the year….for us to purchase goodies and memoirs to satisfy most romantics at heart….and at the North we will celebrate the day with giving away something for free to the ladies joining us on Friday night….they will receive a free Strawberry Lips shooter…..to say thank you for being with us and we hope that you have an enjoyable evening….join us!!
Warm greetings to everyone…..
After receiving an absolute “klap” in the test series against the English…..Proteas cricketers decided to surprise us once again…and put on a show of note on Tuesday evening and handed the world champions a batting, bowling and fielding lesson….I must say that after 9 odd overs at the start of proceedings…I thought we were up to chase a total in excess of 300….but with some tight and disciplined bowling we took wickets in batches….and with only two of their other batsmen showing any form of resistance….it meant that we had to chase a total at a smidgen over five runs to the over….and while one of our openers giving the opposition a brief period of hope….thereafter it was one way traffic….a most satisfying display by the Proteas….considering they had four new caps in the side and with two of our previous mainstays of the side absent…it sent out waves of hope for the future to all the fans….let us keep up that good form fellows….roll on the two next matches on Friday and Sunday…. (more…)