Tuesday, 2 December 2008

December Newsletter

Kingsley Park Working Men's Club.

Newsletter December 2008.

Editor Matt Wright
Email m.wright@ntlworld.com
The Kingsley Blog

Kingsley Park Working Men’s Club and Institute
120 Kingsley Park Terrace, Kingsley, Northampton, NN2 7HJ

Club Phone No’s
Door Staff 711002
Steward 715514
Secretary 719800
Email Secretary barryslasberg@kingsleyparkwmc.co.uk

A Great Deal From Smirnoff.

We are pleased to announce a veritable treat for our vodka drinkers.
With effect from 1st December our House Vodka will be Smirnoff Red. This premium brand will be available without any increase in cost. So it is just £2.00 for a double.
Another great deal the Committee has managed to arrange for the benefit of our members!!!

2009 subscriptions

Subs for 2009 are payable from 4th January to 28th January. At the end of this period any member who has not paid their subs become members in arrears and may not use the facilities of the club until they pay them. After the 25th February those who have not paid lose their membership.
Please note that even if you joined the club at the end of 2008 subs are payable in full for 2009.
It is preferable for all members to attend to pay their own subs and enjoy some refreshment with other members. However, if this is not possible, you may pay by post or another member may pay on your behalf. The only thing the Committee must see is the red card for men and the white card for women.
Subs will be taken at the following times.
January 2009
Sundays 4th 11th 18th 25th 11.00 to 13.00
Mondays 5th 12th 19th 26th 19.30 to 21.00
Tuesdays 6th 13th 20th 27th 19.30 to 21.00
Wednesdays 7th 14th 21st 28th 19.30 to 21.00
Fridays 9th 16th 23rd 19.30 to 21.00
Saturdays 10th 17th 24th 12.00 to 13.00
February 2009
Sundays 1st 8th 15th 22nd 11.30 to 12.30
Mondays 2nd 9th 16th 23rd 19.30 to 20.30
Wednesday 25th 19.30 to 20.30
The subscriptions as agreed by the members at the last Annual General Meeting are
Men £7.00
Men Senior Citizens £6.50
Life Members £3.00
Women £3.00
With things looking so bleak in the outside world, we hope you all agree that to have somewhere to go for members and their families without costing an arm and a leg is worth a great deal more than the extremely low subscription fee you have agreed.
You know it makes sense to renew your membership and in doing so we hope you will truly enjoy the facilities of the club in 2009.

Local Children in Need fundraising day.

We raised £627 on the day, Plus £90 from the auction of the Liverpool v Man United tickets £10 from casual donations, £40 from a friend of the club. The sponsored games money is still being collected so if you sponsored one of the players please arrange payment now.
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Delivery time 45 minutes to 1 hour
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Monday to Saturday 5.00pm-11.00pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays 5.00pm-11.00pm
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10% Discount for members of KINGSLEY PARK WMC
On presentation of membership cards.

Why use the Club?

Are you a fully paid up member of the Kingsley Park Club but you don't visit us? Will the following reasons tempt you in?
1. You've paid, so come on in!
2. Low bar prices! We have just lowered beer prices
3. Open daily! No excuses...
4. Regular entertainment! Free entertainment every weekend, events throughout the week.
5. Gaming machines! Win big money and other cash prizes instantly!
6. Socialise! Meet other members...
7. Games! Darts, snooker, poker, pool, skittles, football, bowls, crib and air-gun that you can compete in.
8. Family Club! There is something for all the family!
9. Comfortable! Quiet comfortable surroundings...
10. Friendly staff :-)
If you have any questions, or would like to tell us your reasons for not visiting us, we would like to hear from you: please contact the Club Secretary. barryslasberg@kingsleyparkwmc.co.uk

World War Two shipmates reunited.

For almost two years, Northampton born Kingsley Park WMC member Gavin Field and Peter Dugan, from Slough, were shipmates and friends with a Royal Navy flotilla during World War Two.
And after landing on the French coast together on D-Day, June 1944, the pair were demobilised at the end of the war and parted company, neither knowing what became of the other.
For almost 65 years, not a word passed between them, until a chance finding in a Landing Craft Association magazine led to the reunion of the two men and their families.
Gavin, now aged 85 and a grandfather of four, from Northampton, spotted Peter's name in an article in The Kedge Hook magazine after reading it in Kingsley Working Men's Club.
He managed to track down Peter with the help of the magazine and the two finally met this summer.
"I didn't know he existed since 1945, we're still having a job to believe it," Gavin said.
"We never got demobbed together and we got split up. He was my friend for nearly two years serving in the Navy.
"He finished doing work in the Navy and I went to the military hospital in Southampton.
"There were 40,000 boats on D-Day and there were six boats in each flotilla. I was in LCI 380 and Pete was in 379, and we still didn't know from 1945 that we were still here.
"He's a remarkable fellow and I couldn't describe how good a shipmate he was. Isn't it funny that it happens to be somewhere near November 11? It wasn't worked like that."
Gavin’s medals sit alongside his father's from World War One as well as an intact bully beef biscuit sent home to Northampton.
Gavin said he talked to Peter about their friendship when they were reunited in Derby.
"You never want to discuss the bad side of war. There's no glory in it. It's remarkable when you think we were only 17 and 18, and there's people who fight in wars and are dead and buried."


We regret to announce the passing of Len Dunford on 5th November 2008.
Len joined the Club in 1984 and has been a regular and loyal member of the Cribbage section since that time.
He will be especially missed by his team-mates.
The condolences of the Committee and members are offered to his wife and children.

Redtooth Poker.

Congratulations to Luke Borer who has won our first ever redtooth poker tournament. Mark Knight was second. Lonnie Consodine joins them for wining the play off for third place. They now go on to the redtooth regional final, which is being held at the Kingsley Park WMC on Sunday 7th December.

Welfare Payout

The December 2008 Welfare Payout will be made to qualifying members on
Fridays between 7.00pm and 9.00pm & Sundays between 11.00am and 1.00pm
during December, commencing on Sunday 7th December 2008.
The next Welfare Payments will be made in March 2009.

Saturday Morning Pictures.

How would you like to treat your little darlings to a trip to the pictures on a Saturday Morning?
Before we go to the expense of laying this on, we need to know if you would be interested.
What we are thinking is perhaps showing two films and giving a bottle of pop all for £1.00.
The concert room bar will be open for crisps and sweets.
We would ask parents to stay in the main bar, or indeed stay with their children (at no extra cost) so any child would have immediate access to their parents if for any reason their children wanted them.
If you would support this by bringing your children please let anyone in the entertainment section of the committee have your name.
We will let you know in the next newsletter if this is going ahead and if so we anticipate getting things going round about the middle of January 09.

Now it has become personal!

For months we have been talking about and reading about "the credit crunch" "the global slowdown" "recession" and all sorts of other fancy titles indicating the world is in deep s***.
The theory and fancy talk is now over. What we are seeing is our members losing their jobs and finding it harder and harder to put food on the table and keep up with the mortgage. It is personal and from what we hear for the next year or so the pain will continue.
What we as a Committee want you all to know is that through the hard times Kingsley Park Working Men's Club is here for its members.
You do not have to spend an arm and a leg at the club. Four people coming to play snooker just need to put 50 pence in each to have an hour at the table. Our pool tables are available for just 50 pence a game. We do not mind if you just want a cup of coffee or tea, though we would hope you could go to a pint or two if not driving. You can join friends for a game of cards or dominoes. If enough turned up we could even have some daytime knockouts. If mums and tots wanted somewhere to get together in the day, we could look at opening a room for you and helping with things like colouring books and crayons.
What we are saying is that we open at 11 o'clock every day and we are here for our members.
If you are affected and have free time on your hands, come to the club and pass a couple of hours just getting away from it all.
If you want an organised activity during the day such as Mums and Tots or some sort of game competition, come and see the Secretary, Barry to discuss. Give him a bell on 01604 719800 to make sure he will be in.
Now is the time when we believe the true value of a Working Men's Club comes into its own. We still have to cover our overheads to keep going and put something in the kitty for survival necessities; but as seen by our recent cut in beer prices; we will move heaven and earth for our members.

Festive Opening Hours.

Wednesday 24th 11.00 to 23.30
Thursday 25th 11.00 to 14.00 and 19.00 to 22.30
Friday 26th 11.00 to 23.30
Saturday 27th 11.00 to 23.30
Sunday 28th 11.00 to 23.00
Monday 29th 11.00 to 23.00
Tuesday 30th 11.00 to 23.00
Wednesday 31st 11.00 to 00.30
Thursday 1st 11.00 to 23.00

December Games News.

Mon 1st Crib
Ladies Skittles
A Team Romany A home
B Team Compass away
Tue 2nd Poker
A Team Ashby Barratts home
B Team Far Cotton B away
Wed 3rd Air-Gun Kingsley Wanderers V Kingsley A
Thu 4th Ladies Darts
Pool Spencer A away
Rileys Derngate B home
Fri 5th Men’s Skittles Northampton A away
Mon 8th Crib
Ladies Skittles
A Team St George’s Con away
B Team Foundry B home
Tue 9th Poker
A Team Barratts Bears away
B Team Queens Park home
Wed 10th Air-Gun Kingsley A Monks Park home
Wanderers Cognhoe away
Thu 11th Ladies Darts
Pool Singles by Average at British Rail Club
Team Knockout Semi-Final
Fri 12th Men’s Skittles CIU Singles
15th Crib
Ladies Skittles
A Team Double Top B home
B Team Monks Pak B away
16th Poker
A Team Far Cotton D home
B Team Barratts B away
18th Pool Team Knockout Final
19th Men’s Skittles CIU Final at Northampton WMC
23rd Snooker B Team Ashby Barratts
20th-31st TBA
Farewell Jim and Margaret.

After about twenty years loyal service to the club Jim Smith and Margaret Reynolds have decided to call it a day.
After such a long time they have become part of the fabric of the club and they will be sorely missed by many members who have enjoyed Jim's smiling good nature and Margaret's very individual sense of humour.
We would like to thank them for all they have done in their joint 40 years of service and wish them well for the future.

December Entertainment.

Wednesday 3rd BH Quiz
Friday 5th Stratacoustic
Bingo Duo
Saturday 6th Children’s Panto 2pm-4pm
Paul Neon and the Saints
Sunday 7th Tom Healy Band
Wednesday 10th BH Quiz
Friday 12th Christal
Bingo Duo
Saturday 13th Dye Sauza Group
Sunday 14th Brothers Grimm
Bingo Group
Wednesday 17th BH Quiz
Friday 19th Flying Ants
Bingo Group
Saturday 20th TBA
Sunday 21st Silhouettes
Bingo Group
Wednesday 24th Bar Krys
Concert Room Steve Clarks
Christmas Party Group
Friday 26th Afternoon
Bar Completely Hooked
Concert Room Hot Wax
Bar Intrigue
Concert Room Tony Gee

Saturday 27th Flashbax
Bingo Group
Sunday 28th Atlanta
Bingo Duo
Wednesday 31st Bar Mona Lisa Band
Concert Room Floorfillers Group
Electronic Newsletter.

It has come to my attention that some members are still using dial-up modems. If you prefer to be sent picture-less copies of the newsletter or you are not yet getting your copy by e-mail please contact me at m.wright@ntlworld.com