House Report (2016) for 2017 AGM
Darrall took to the task of providing the catering in the new season with enthusiasm. New menus were mutually discussed and put in place. The burger menu particularly proved popular from the golfers perspective.
Steak Saturdays, Wednesday curry nights, Friday fish and Sunday carvery were introduced again. All have proved very popular.
Several major events and parties have been catered for during the year with few complaints and many compliments on the standard of catering and the service.
It can be seen from the financial report that takings have been exceptional in 2016. Thank you to all those who have helped create this situation by organising events throughout the year which have proved popular and increased the traffic at the bar. Thanks also to all of our regulars for continuing to support the club. Given the licensing changes that are adversely affecting clubs everywhere we should be very grateful to be doing so well.
White monogrammed blouses and shirts were bought for bar staff at a small cost of £20.
Four quotes for exterior painting were received in March 2016. The cheapest quote at £3,250 was accepted and work completed in August 2016.
Tub chairs in lounge were replaced in July at a cost of £1,489. Thanks to Alex Robertson for helping to dispose of old ones.
Some external facings and window surrounds were in poor condition and required replacement prior to redecoration. Sincere thanks to George Norrie who completed this work free of charge. During the course of this work George spotted some other problems which he diligently fixed. George was offered the assistance of one of our older but enthusiastic Council members but declined in favour of a younger fitter apprentice.
Thanks also to Eric Brockie who has been ever present in fixing the many faulty lights in the building.
The window cleaners arrived in November. As part of their routine the gutters were cleared. Total cost £85.
Pointing on the roof which had deteriorated was fixed in November. As part of the work the source of the minor, but irritating leak in the lounge ceiling was found and repaired in December. One of the rain channels was constantly blocking, allowing seepage under the tiles. This has been repaired and gutter protection inserted to prevent leaf blockage in future. Total cost £230.
Thank you to Mitch (Cabel) for previously undertaking the repair to the lounge ceiling and promising to make the latest repair.
Obligatory PAT and wiring testing was carried out in the Club House and the Deacon Centre during the year at a cost of £750. As a result a series of required works was highlighted, some compulsory, some optional. Negotiations with the company concerned resulted in a reduction of the cost though the bulk of the work was compulsory. Kitchen repairs amounted to £585 and pump house repairs amounted to £1,348.
During the year outings were asked to provide feedback on their experience. Though only five returns were received they were all very positive in nature. A constant message of appreciation came back for all aspects of the Club’s services (Pro Shop, Catering, Bar, Course). In one response – “Shop excellent – “the lady in charge” on the day could not have been more helpful”. Thank you Andrea – see Sandy about a pay rise! All staff were praised for being pleasant, welcoming and helpful. Catering was quoted as being very good to excellent. The course was complimented, the only criticism coming when the course was at its wettest worst. Minor criticisms included the lack of a dessert as part of the day package and the security of the locker rooms (door was wedged open). Feedback was shared with all departments. Thank you everyone for showing the Club in a good light.
The above costs amount to £7,756. In addition to this we incurred the following costs:-
Capital F&F: Pro Shop Laptop replacement £188. Tumble Drier replacement £140.
Repairs: Dishwasher £653. Fryers £167. Fryer/Toaster £585. New Flag with Club Logo £332.
Total costs £9821.
Some of these costs are annual , some are periodic, but the majority are essential and unavoidable. It gives an indication of the expenditure the Club has to incur over time. At every opportunity we will avoid costs where it is appropriate to do so.
Neil Whyte, House Convenor, 4th January 2017