Latest news from Benoni Northerns Sports Club
A fine good day to everyone from a very up-beat me today….
As I am sure you have all heard, Uncle Cyril has lifted the restrictions that pertain to the curfew times and most importantly, the resumption of alcohol sales….Whoopee!!!
This means that we are back in business and are able to offer the superb service to our Members that they are accustomed to…. this does not mean that the dreaded COVID has disappeared….we will still need to adhere to the strict protocols of hand sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks….but we have our life-blood of the Club available again. We will still ask that all patrons wear masks when ordering at the Bar….and we will ensure that our staff also wear their masks, to indicate our mutual respect that we will do our best to contain the spread of this disease….
We are cleaning and sanitising all areas and surfaces on a regular basis…in an attempt to ensure that we are being responsible in the attempt to minimise the risk…..
The hours of operation are published on our social media platforms, but these will be subject to change, based on regulations and/or operational issues….the opening of the Scimitar bar, does not mean that the Club is once again the flourishing enterprise it was before the onset of this disaster, but that we are able to firstly offer a service to our Members and secondly to generate the much needed income to pay our expenses and more importantly to be able to pay our loyal staff…..this has been the most difficult and trying period in the Clubs history at being able to “keep the doors open”….and I would request the Members to bear cognisance of the Committee’s decision to only open one bar and beer garden to try to minimise operational expenses. The rest of the areas of the Club will remain open and clean, so the Main Bar, hall, deck, ladies bar and tented area and Members are welcome to use these areas to sit and socialise in, in order for people to spread out to maintain adequate social distancing protocols…..
We are still in crisis management mode and will continue to be offering curtailed operations until normal trading circumstances return….in the interim, please continue supporting us in our endeavours at producing and income, whether it be by just visiting the bar on a regular basis, paying your subs, or with any fund raising efforts that are initiated….thank you to all the Members that have supported my call last week to pay their subs, it is greatly appreciated….keep your Subs rolling in….
We are also immediately starting the Joker draw off on Friday….and it will continue where it finished off just before Christmas….so this week there will be a Jackpot available of R21144….the same terms and conditions as always will apply….ticket sales will commence this Friday afternoon in the Hall and will close at about 19h20….with the draw taking place at 19h30…..we will also be offering our ever popular beer raffle….so keep a lookout for Jamela selling these tickets, which will be drawn five minutes before the Joker draw at 19h25…remember that for the Joker draw you have to be present to participate, whilst with the beer raffle, we will contact you if you are a winner….(remember to leave your contact number on the raffle sheet in case you know you won’t be present at the draw…)
Hockey 5’s and the cricket academy are the only team sports on offer at the Club at present, but there is still the “no spectator” policy in force….. I am pretty certain the spectators and players alike will take the opportunity to maintain their bodies and soul with some cool refreshments from the pub. Our runners will be having their club run on Wednesday…..albeit also with staggered starting times to ensure the protocols of large gatherings being adhered to…..hopefully we will see them all tonight to revitalise their tired legs….
A short little note this week, to just let everyone know that “WE ARE BACK’
Hope to see you all soon.
Warm regards, stay safe
A very good day to everyone out there……
Well well well…..we find ourselves in a New Year, but in the most strange circumstances that I have experienced at this, normally joyful, time of the year…. At the outset, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone who is taking the time out to read this message, a very happy new year….I trust that this year will present wonderful opportunities and experiences to each one of you.
At this time of the year, we would have already hosted our cricket 6-a-side tournament and all staff would be furiously cutting grass and trimming edges, cleaning bars and washing glasses in anticipation of the new sporting year beginning and the carry over of our joker draw…..but at present the Club is strangely quiet….there is no laughter or joy, no clinking of glasses or sounds of wood on willow, no pre- season training for soccer and rugby….as we experience another “lockdown”….
And as we face the prospect of the “second wave”…I think that the reality of the situation is hitting home with all of us….as suddenly we have friends and family that have been or are being affected by this dreaded COVID….could I please ask that each and every one of you be extra careful….wear your mask, sanitise and maintain social distancing…..and to please keep those in mind who have been affected, either directly or indirectly, in your prayers..
There are a few little stars in the dark sky of doom and gloom of level three lock-down restrictions…
- As some you may have noticed, there has been some frantic activity at one of the unused tennis courts near the cricket nets….and with that “Young Guns” cricket academy has been introduced to the North…… They have altered the one tennis court into some pretty impressive net facilities…..so welcome to the Young Guns….I trust that our association will be a long and mutually beneficial one….under the current restrictions, the academy have to follow full COVID protocols but are able to coach individuals at this facility…
- Hockey 5’s has made a return to the Astro….playing circumstances are still very difficult, with registers, check-ins and full COVID protocols being maintained…additionally no spectators are allowed, so the parents and friends have made grandstands of the pavements on the side of the fields, in order for them to watch their loved ones on the fields….
- Rugby, soccer, bridge and baseball are still under a “no play” rule….so there is unfortunately no prospect of any sport under these banners at the North in the foreseeable future…..Bridge are competitively playing on some on-line platforms, but I have heard that although it is very enjoyable…it is not the same as a face-to-face competition….
And while we are under the level three conditions, means that our bars are officially closed…..and that means that the Joker draw is also not being held….which of course is not good news for the club, as there are still expenses that need to be fulfilled monthly…electricity, insurance, waster disposal and of course the lifeblood of our staff…..wages….
Our President, Doctor Witstock initiated a staff challenge last year that was wonderfully supported by our Members, that funded a food voucher of R500 every fortnight for all staff…..the last payment on the challenge was made in January….so a new effort will now need to be started again in order for us to continue this initiative….
We are also needing to come up with other innovative ideas to fund our staff costs….and details of these initiatives will be published on our Facebook page, our website or using this newsletter….
Please could I please make a call on all Members to settle their Main Club subs…. this is one of the simplest methods for Members to show their support….and will produce the much needed funds that the Club will require in order to “balance the budget” in these difficult and trying times…. Our subs were significantly down last year when compared to the previous years….if we could reverse this trend this year….it will be greatly appreciated….
Hopefully we will be able to have a more positive outlook when our country’s President announces the next set of regulations….please hold thumbs….that we can move forwards in our quest to beat this dreaded disease….
Take care and stay safe…..
Hi there to everyone…..
As this dreadful year draws to an end, I feel as if we were never allowed or given the opportunity to really get us into the swing of things and fulfilling the full potential that 2020 should have enjoyed….I believe that all the sportsmen have a horrible empty feeling inside at not being able to have had their “fix” this year…..businessmen look back at frustrating year of feeling “hand-cuffed” in most regards without being charged or guilty of any crime…. In general we all look back at a “year lost”… and as I write this, there are rumours rife that we face some serious challenges in the coming weeks, as the Minister of Health advises that we have a “second wave” upon us….and that this time it appears that our youth are more susceptible to COVID…all we can ask is that everyone be responsible and take care to stay safe…..
At the Club we have faced extraordinary challenges over the last nine months…and albeit we have not come out unscathed on the other side….we have at least emerged on the other side….we are all a lot wiser, not necessarily better off but we have our health….please still be aware to still take as many precautions that you are able, ensuring that you keep as healthy as possible.
At the Club we are definitely not hoping for a resurgent second wave in the new year, in fact I am hoping for exactly the opposite….and looking forward to the relaxing of regulations that would allow our sports people back on the fields….to participate in the pastime and hobby they live for and enjoy….
Dependent on the regulations that are still to be announced, we will make sure that we are within the boundaries of the law and all the COVID protocols….. please keep an eye on our social media, Facebook and website….we will keep you abreast of all happenings at the Club over the next month….I will send another message as an additional mode of communication if necessary, to let everyone know the how’s, when’s and where’s of how and when the Club will be operation….
The only real changes that we are to experience for the Festive break, is that we need to wear a face mask on entry and keep it handy at all times…..with the curfew not moving to 23h00….we will call last round at 21h30 and will close the Club at 22h00, to ensure that all Members and Staff have adequate time to get out and home by the start of curfew…..please do not try to convince the staff to work outside these parameters, or fail to wear you mask, sanitise or not to maintain an adequate social distance protocol….if there are any inspectors around…we have the possibility of having our licence revoked….which will be tantamount to financial suicide for us….please work with us in these trying times to ensure the continued success of the North….
At present, we are planning to open the Scimitar bar every day between 10h00 and 22h00…..and only closing for the public holidays of Christmas day (25th) Day of Goodwill (26th) and New Years day (1st)….otherwise it will be business as usual….
We had a fantastic weekend over the 4th to 6th of December ….and even though the weather did not exactly play the game with us, with a little rain….we had a super Night market on the Friday night…thank you to everyone for the support….this resulted in heightened interest at the Joker draw….and lo and behold….in a replay of two weeks previously…the first name drawn out of the beeeeg black box not arriving at the cabinet…resulting in a second ticket being selected…. in a complete turn up for the books…. Eric Hutchinson had his name called out on both these occasions…..the first week he missed the joker and the bonus card…and unfortunately for him, his luck did not improve at all in his second attempt, as his guess produced the ten of Clubs …..all the Northerns faithful are all very chuffed at Eric’s misfortune that the Joker is still alive for them….and with a pot of R19850 this week, we were expecting a good turnout of punters for their opportunity to “have a go” at finding the Joker…. And at the last.. very last draw of 2020, Cheryl Bartle had her name pulled from the mysterious beeeg black box….and while she pondered for a lot longer than Eric….she suffered the same fate as he and didn’t draw the Joker or the bonus card….but settled with the nine of hearts and R500 loaded onto her membership card….the Joker draw will only resume in the new year, the date of the new draw being January 8, 2021 with a prize of R21144 available…….so please come along to celebrate the first draw of the year….
The Saturday of previous weekend, we hosted the Athletics prize giving where all the achievers and stars of the year were honoured….well done to all the prize and trophy winners….we are very proud of you all….whilst Sunday appeared to be the day of celebration….with everyone having a marvellous day out…thank you to all for the support….I can do with those sort of party weekends all the time..
This Sunday the Social section closed off the year with a wonderful golf day which was played at the Police Mashee course in Northmead…. With a really early start, 05h30 for most (a lot later for others, who overslept/turned off their phone/had a hangover) it was a laugh a minute….and I must say that even though one of our fourball did not make it through to the 18th, due to a mysterious “lurgi” that he suffered at the start of our 15th …(no names mentioned, as we are afraid of being “maced”)…..we all experienced massively overworked tummy muscles at all the chirps, some dreadful and hilarious golf shots and their outcomes and other antics of the day….I am sure that most if not all of the players on the day experienced the same fate, sunburnt, too much beer and sore jaw muscles from giggling the day away…. The winners on the day were Struan King and his happy crew of hackers, who were able to overcome the odds of mis-directed flying golf balls, constant calls of “fore” and successfully evading the “Silver Dream Machine” who supplied a never-ending flow of beverages for the morning….thank you to all who participated in this fantastic annual event….special mention must be made of Mark Hardman and Lockey Brown for controlling the masses and ensuring that starters orders were adhered to and keeping all the parched throats lubricated….Hector King for marshalling a rowdy crowd with his MC’ing skills at the prize giving….Adele Steyn and Glenda for setting up all the prizes and venue for all the weary bones to relax after the gruelling day….
In closing, on behalf of the Executive committee and Staff at the North….may we wish you a fantastic festive season….filled with love, happiness and goodwill….for all our Christian Members, a very merry Christmas, let our hearts be filled with the true joy and reason for the celebrations…. and for everyone a prosperous new year…. 2021 has a simple act to follow, we are expecting a bumper year to follow this really crappy one….
If you are travelling, please have a safe journey and a pleasant and enjoyable holiday….but if you’re staying at home, I will see you at the North…..
Take care and stay safe…..
Good day to everyone….
It has been marvellous to be at the Club over the last few weeks and see that sporting action is starting to return after an hiatus that was just far too long….I think that the last time there was no sport on these fields, I was still a kid and the fields were not covered in grass, but mielies…..but now with the return….we have cricket players on the field with the click of leather against willow…..some frantic energy on the astro with hockey 5’s….some vets and ladies soccer on Wednesdays and Fridays…..and Baseball practices have also begun…. whilst our runners are getting out there to get themselves fit on what seems to be almost every day of the week….
I would like to personally thank each and every Member for their continued support over this really tough and unique year…..that we have been able to “weather the storm” to now has been an amazing feat…but with from the assistance of our regulars coming to have a “tipple’ and some unique and audacious fund raising efforts and events to assist with fund raising…it has really made me even more proud of the ethos and dedication of the Northerns faithful….I really do get a lump in my throat, when I see how committed our Members are to ensuring that our staff are well catered for…. Once again…thank you from the bottom of our hearts from myself the executive committee and all the staff….
This weekend would normally be a crazy weekend of work and fun….masses of bikers converging on the North from all over Gauteng and even some neighbouring provinces….as the annual Toy Run would be held….gathering toys for the needy and having a fun day in the sun….well this year is a little different….as has been the rest of 2020 too…. There will be a toy run….but it is to be held over two days and will merely be a drop off….no party…no music….no stalls….
But at the North this weekend… to coincide with the Toy Run, we have decided to try to make the trip for the bikers worth-while…. And offer some music from the deck and have refreshments available from the caravan….so if you are in the area…please pop in….we will be abiding by strict COVID protocols and limiting access and numbers that are able to attend….but please come along and enjoy the time with us….we are sure it will be most memorable….
Our Joker draw has been gently “bubbling” along….we still do not have a winner yet….but we have had a higher percentage of Members to Guests being drawn from the beeeeg black box….and while the ability of the lucky ticket holder has not improved…we have now been going for 7 weeks and the Jackpot has already swelled to R16969….which will be available for someone this Friday, if they can find the Joker….remember that Members have two opportunities to win at the Joker draw…if they don’t win by drawing the Joker….they will have a second chance, if they are able to match the card displayed above the joker cabinet….and will have 10% of the jackpot immediately credited to their membership card….to be enjoyed whenever they are at the Club….so don’t forget to join us on Friday…tickets are sold every day in the Scimitar or on Fridays from about 16h00….with the last sales being at about 19h20…..the draw will be held at 19h30…..we have also commenced with the popular raffle again….this draw is 5 minutes before the Joker draw….so hope to see you all this Friday…
As I mentioned earlier…..sport appears to be reaching a point of normality….
Our Cricketers have started a a friendly league amongst the club sides….and of course competition is stiff to prove who is the best….whilst our Juniors had their trials and their first scheduled day to be back at practice was rained out….hopefully this week the weather gods will play along….most of our soccer is on hold until the new year, but our two vets sides and ladies side play every Wednesday (men) and Fridays (ladies)….our ladies played in their postponed cup final….and only lost by the odd goal in 5 to a very strong and experienced Latins team…but according to reliable sources, the future looks very bright for this young and enterprising side….hockey 5’s continues on Saturday and Sunday on the Astro and it doesn’t look as though the break had any adverse effect on the players, as te games are of high standards and are fiercely competitive….the baseballers are enjoying their run back on the diamonds and are practicing for their return to competitive sport in the new year…. Please take note that in terms of the COVID protocols, none of the matches or practices may have any spectators….it is a crying shame, but the ruling is final and we have to live with it and “toe the line”….
Hopefully I will see you over the weekend…either at the joker draw or celebrating the dropping off of toys….come and introduce yourself if I don’t know you….I would love to meet you….
Regards….take care and stay safe….
Hi there to you all
I hope that you are all well and getting used to the marvellous summer conditions we are experiencing at the moment….we never seem to be happy….either too cold or to hot….but for me, I am chuffed with the weather…as I have walked down life’s path, I have found my intolerance of cold weather has increased….and would far rather be sitting in a heat wave at the pool with a beer in my hand….than sitting all wrapped up with layer upon layer of clothing…..
I was able to get away to Natal to see my son last weekend…..so it was wonderful to dip my tootsies in the ocean….and also spend quite a bit of time in and at the pool in the sun….the prospect of the traffic congestion and poor driving tactics, was outweighed by the satisfaction of spending time with family and loved ones…..but coming back to reality on Monday was quite crazy as we cooked through Ladysmith with a sweltering temperature of 36C….
As I mentioned…back to reality…so here is my report back on the happenings of the North…. The new format of the Joker seems to have caught to attention of the Members, as they begin to realise the benefits in the Joker twist….. in that you are able to get a “second” chance as a Member…if you don’t choose the joker, but match the card on display above the Joker cabinet as a Member….you will receive 10% of the Joker jackpot immediately on your Membership card….a lovely little added advantage of being a Member of this great institution of ours….
Back to the history of our new draw…the first week had Hector King’s name drawn from the beeeg black box….and Hector was only able to show us where the Queen of Clubs was….but as a non-member, he was not able to be considered for matching the card on display….and with that, the Jackpot moved up by over R750…..and settled on R10784…..one card gone….and the nine of hearts was the new Members bonus card for the next week….as I was away….my most competent stand-in was the Chairman of the social section Mark Hardman…and his ability to choose a new name form the entrants, was a success as he drew Sharon van Wyk from Athletics….who didn’t wait too long to make her selection….and then waited for the card to be turned over….fortunately for all of us….she drew the king of spades, which didn’t correspond to the bonus card….but being a member, she still had a R500 voucher loaded onto her card to be used at her discretion in the future….so this week we have R11624 for someone to chance their luck and come up trumps with the Joker….remember as a Member, if we aren’t able to find the joker, you have that second opportunity…and if you happen to draw the three of clubs this week….you will win 10% of the joker jackpot to be put onto your membership card immediately….. (please keep your beady eye out for the bonus card, it is on display above the Joker cabinet….and there is a new card every week….) Please also remember that the Joker draw tickets are on sale daily from Mondays in the Scimitar….buy your R5 tickets and put them in the beeeg black box at your leisure…..the only pre-requisite that is still a necessity, is that you are present at the draw on Friday nights at 19h30
And another little bit of good news….there is a band playing again at the Club this weekend….we have come up with an arrangement with one of the Club favourites, the five piece band Omega….they will be playing up a storm on the Patio area (under the tent) on Saturday afternoon starting at 15h00….please note the change in date and time….I wanted to make sure that we weren’t caught out off-sides by a curfew, or early closing times…so the decision to make it on Saturday is hopefully the correct one….I am sure that this will be a successful start….and we are able to pursue this line of thinking until this COVID disaster is a thing of the past….please join us for a fun afternoon….
Some of our sports are beginning to get their act into gear…..with hockey now participating in practices and hockey 5’s being a reality…. Soccer is about to embark on a shortened Summer league season…..our athletes are out there, pounding the streets on a regular basis….I have heard that the news on baseball is positive and about to start off….whilst rugby and cricket are lagging behind a little, but perhaps these will be in the fold shortly…
Hope to see you all on Friday at the Joker draw and/or on Saturday under the tent as we jive to the sounds of Omega….
Take care, keep safe and have a great time….
A very good day to everyone out there….
Wow!! What a week it has been….firstly we found a winner for our Joker Jackpot….then we were captivated by the massively competitive London Marathon, which enjoyed some great support at the North and was shown on the big screen….and then we had our Main Club executive thinking out the box and proposing some far reaching innovations to our Joker draw….I will deal with each of these events separately to offer an overview of our week…..
I have had the pleasure of knowing the gentleman whose name was drawn for the Joker draw….having played sport with and against Bruce “Buffel” Nortje from a young age…..and have known him as talented and fiercely competitive…. One of my lasting memories of Bruce will be the lonely Good Friday that we sat together at a very quiet North, contemplating why we weren’t on a hockey tour with the rest of our mates….Bruce being home unexpectedly with some Army leave…and I have been granted the weekend off, after thinking that I was to work the entire Easter….when we looked at each other and said….Let us get in the car and drive to Strathvaal and join the Hangovers on their tour there….which we promptly did….to enjoy an epic and memorable tour!! I will refuse to elaborate further and will take the “fifth”….and exempt myself from having to implicate anybody in the resultant shenanigans…..
That now being revealed…when Bruce had his name drawn from the beeeeg black box, he quietly made his way to the Joker cabinet in the Main Bar, looked ar me and asked, “Where is it”….followed by my standard answer “in the box somewhere”….so amidst the cheers, jeers and shouts of encouragement from the crowd….he calmly pointed to the second card in the third row down….pinned by a yellow drawing pin….and stood back to await Glenda’s reveal of which card he had drawn….and as the Joker card was turned…I watched Bruce’s face reflect shock and joy in the same instant…..and I think the fact that he had won never really hit him until the next morning….when he sent me the details of his bank account….and he possibly only really realised the full extent of his good fortune, when the amount of R66876 reflected in his bank account on Tuesday morning…..well done Buffel….I am really chuffed that the draw was won by a Club member….and that he is one of my mates, is an absolute bonus….enjoy using the winnings Buffel….mine is Hansa….but I am sure you know that already, I did mention it often enough on Friday…..#shygrin#…
Now onto the London Marathon….the Athletics Club had asked that we show this clash of the Titans as there has been a frenzy of interest with some (if not all) of the quickest marathon runners on the planet competing…..and with the Kenyan Kipchoge being unbeaten since 2013…it was going to be up to the pretenders to his crown to beat him at his own game…..the Marathon was altered to a multi-lap format due to the COVID pandemic….and there being a limited field and with no spectators…it was definitely going to present some challenges for all the competitors….and with the day dawning in true English style, overcast and wet…it was going to take some grim determination from all to produce the quick time that was promised….I watched with interest as it appeared that Kipchoge was not at his best and there was a group of runners led by Kitata and Kipchumba that were definitely pushing him to his limits….it was revealed after the race that the kingpin Kipchoge had suffered from cramps and an ear infection, resulting in him finishing in eighth position in one of his slowest times in many a year….the leading group had separated from Kipchoge by the last lap and the pace started to quicken significantly, building the pressure and suddenly the pack began to diminish….from five…to four…down to three and finally two mentioned earlier….and the sprint kick from Kitata was enough for him to be crowned as the 2020 London Marathon Champion….not the quickest time which was promised and expected….but a truly memorable and enthralling race…there were also plenty of smiles of appreciation of our followers at the Club too, as they realise the conditions under which marathon runners compete….thanks to all those who came through to watch at the Club….it was really a fantastic day out…..
Finally, I get to the new Joker draw….the COVID disaster has affected everybody in some way or another….and the Benoni Northern Sports Club has been no exception….the pandemic has caused us to dip into our reserves to ensure that Club has remained financially sound and has also been able to the ensure that our employees have not been stranded during the crisis……with the Joker draw now being won, the Executive Committee has had to think laterally to come up with ways to continue to keep the Joker draw as an incentive and drawcard to the Club and its Members….so the draw this week will start again this Friday October 9….with a Jackpot of R10000….and everyone will gasp and say, why the lower amount? The Exec has thought that is better to err on the conservative side of the scale, rather than the opposite and have to try to perform financial gymnastics if the plan goes awry….that said, there are some creative improvements that are being implemented in this draw…
- We are reverting back to the popular price of R5 a ticket again
- The person who’s name is drawn from the beeeeg black box weekly, if they do NOT draw the Joker, will be granted a drinks voucher to the value of R250 (when the person happens to be a Member, the amount will double) and will be loaded onto their Membership card immediately on the night (please ensure that you have your card with you…)
- The split of the winnings and the Club portion has been altered, from the current 60:40 basis….to a more generous 75:25 allocation…this will ensure that the available Jackpot will climb quicker in the future….
- And now for another twist in the tail….each week, a card will be drawn from a separate pack and be on display above the Joker cabinet….if the person drawn is a Member and is not lucky enough to draw the Joker….but happens to match the card on display….they will be awarded 10% of the available Joker Jackpot for their good fortune….
All the altered terms and conditions relating to the new joker draw will be on display at the Club, please feel free to read through and familiarise and acquaint yourself with them….if there are any questions that you may have regarding the changes, please feel free to come and ask me….I will attempt to clear up any confusion or query….
On that positive note…I am going to sign off….
Have a super reminder of the week and an even better weekend….
Take care and stay safe….
Warm greetings from the North to you all
As we approach the end of the month of September, I am left with the thought that even Mother Nature has been confused in 2020….after a damp start to our official Spring month…we have not seen another drop of rain since and the earth is crying out for some relief….the sprinkling of green that appeared….has since faded and waned a little….but there is a promise by the weather forecasters that the start to the new month will bring some relief from the oppressive heat and lack of rain….this is one summer that even the cricketers are not complaining about the possibility of rain…..the sports people, of course, have plenty of reason not to be happy….in that their beloved sports have been withheld, pending the decisions of the COVID steering committee that has been appointed…..making them miss their weekly fix of exercise and camaraderie…. As the sands of time inexorably pass though the hour glass (hmmmmm, where have I heard that before), we are getting closer to the allowing of sports at an amateur level again…..
I still get a weird sensation on the weekends when I drive to and past the North….and there are not masses of cars around and people in matching clothing running frantically around the fields….the shrieks of laughter associated with the scheduled sport…. the happy smiling faces of competitors, whether they have won or lost their encounter… the constant gurgle of conversation around the beer garden…and the clinking of glasses with some spontaneous singing of songs and giggles of laughter….hopefully they will allow sport to return soon, that we can have our “home” back….
This has definitely been a very strange year and one that I definitely do not want repeated…..
Since we have been allowed back at the North, we have started the Joker draw again each Friday since resumption….and whilst Enrique couldn’t believe his luck at being drawn two weeks out of three…..his ability at finding the joker was no better than anyone else….so this week sees our draw up at R66876….this draw has now gone through 13 weeks and thus have 40 cards still available to choose from ….tickets are on sale until 19h15 on Fridays in the Hall…..with the draw taking place at 19h30….I would like to thank our loyal Friday regulars for their support…..but there is always more place for our friends to join us to celebrate the start of the weekend…..legislation has been altered regarding numbers that can be accommodated at the Club….so please join us on Friday and let us welcome the weekend in….
On Sunday we will be having the London Marathon on the big screen in the hall (and on most televisions in the bar areas too)…..this promises to be an epic challenge between some of the quickest runners in the world…and I am sure that it will be a memorable day….so come along and join us as we have a bring and braai to celebrate this fantastic event…..
I need to pass on my sincere appreciation to everyone who has participated in the Staff challenge….this has raised almost R80 thousand and is being distributed to our staff as grocery vouchers every two weeks and will continue into the new year….thank you so much to make the lives of these fantastic humans a little easier in these trying times….also, my thanks and gratitude to Brett Kree for the smart foot sanitiser now being used at the entrance of the Club….and to Squire for his generous cleaning donation too….
Please remember to keep checking our social media platforms for any changes in Club operating hours in line with new government legislation…
As we move into the easing of regulations….we still need to be aware that the virus has not disappeared as yet….and we still need to be responsible and effective at social distancing, sanitisation and the wearing of masks…. For the first year in many years, I did not experience a cold or flu this year, so the inconvenience of washing hands and the mask have held an advantage for me in this regard…
Hopefully I will get to see you all soon….
Take care and stay safe
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)